High Altitude Training

This course covers the physiological, aerodynamic, and environmental hazards associated with high altitude flight, including:

• The composition, circulation, and properties of the Earth’s atmosphere.

• High altitude aerodynamics and the dangers associated.

• Environmental factors specific to high altitude flight, including jet stream winds, clear air turbulence, thunderstorms, icing, low ambient temperatures, volcanic ash, and wake turbulence.

• Aircraft pressurization and oxygen systems.

• High altitude physiology including hypoxia, hyperventilation, decompression sickness, barotrauma, and the effects of cosmic radiation.

• Abnormal and emergency procedures relating to gradual decompression, rapid decompression, and emergency descent.

• High altitude accident case study

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