Assessing the Effects of Crew Exposure to Cabin Altitudes of 8,000 ft to 10,000 ft. A Literature Review and Recommendations

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Authors
  1. Paul, M.
  2. Gray, G.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
In an effort to prolong airframe life of E model CC130 aircraft, cabin pressure has been degraded to 10 PSI from the normal 15.3 PSI. This has resulted in higher cabin altitudes at operational altitudes. Whereas at normal operational altitudes, cabin altitudes used to be in the 1,500 ft range, they are now between 8,000 ft and 10,000 ft. Such cabin altitudes have recently provoked 2 physiologic incidents. Acute Mountains Sickness (AMS) has been reported at altitudes as low as 6,500 ft. This report will review the literature on AMS and will address the issue of risk management for aircrews flying at cabin altitudes between 8,000 ft and 10,000 ft.

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Keywords
AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2002-124 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Aug 2002
Number of Pages
40
DSTKIM No
CA021308
CANDIS No
518046
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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