Hundreds of crewmembers and passengers have died from hypoxia -oxygen depletion- in the past decade alone, so Neil Looy and his team at Corporate Air Parts Inc. have created a training system to educate flight crews on the symptoms of hypoxia, how to recover from them and take appropriate measures to prevent problems from becoming disasters.
The system is based on the US Navy’s Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device (ROBD2). Students confront the symptoms of hypoxia in a safe, but highly realistic manner. Pilots and flight attendants are required to perform various "flight tasks" at different cabin "altitudes," acquainting him or her as to what hypoxia "feels" like and therefore how to recognize the symptoms as early as possible. Training goals include: recognizing your symptoms, recovering and treating yourself in a timely manner, and descending the aircraft to a safe cabin altitude.
In August 2005, a crew of six with 115 passengers on board lost their lives when they failed to recognize the warning signs of oxygen depletion, causing their Helios B737-300 to crash. In the period from 1996 through 2006, the NTSB alone reported 30 mishaps resulting in 18 fatalities, including the October 25, 1999 loss of a Learjet 35 with PGA Golfer Payne Stewart aboard. Through proper training, most, if not all, of the accidents could have been prevented.
Based in Van Nuys, California, for over 25 years, Corporate Air Parts, Inc. provides FAR 135.331 Emergency Crewmember Training, FAR 61.31 Hypoxia Training, AED/CPR/First Aid Certification Classes, sales and service of Aircraft Emergency Survival Equipment, Aircraft Parts and Tool Calibration services.