Aviation Oxygen SMS

Paper #:
  • 2017-01-2053

Published:
  • 2017-09-19
Abstract:
Since oxygen has been a part of the aircraft system it has always been managed using a difficult metric to understand.......PSI. Today's technology has allowed us to efficiently and inexpensively convert PSI into a timed based metric which allows for improved oxygen management and a method which provides an interface between two important energy aircraft resources (fuel and oxygen). These resources have inverse consumption rates tied directly to the altitude of the aircraft. Using time as the management metric, the pilot can balance these 2 resources during any oxygen contingency by varying the altitude of the aircraft.. This allows for regulatory fuel savings and an increase in operational safety This program diverges from traditional thinking in that it applies an information and skill based solution to a system that has otherwise been viewed as a hardware problem. To put it simply: Aircraft oxygen systems have possessed the capacity for substantial operational flexibility for a very long time. What has been absent is the ability to synthesize oxygen data into a legible format and the education to utilize this information to its greatest effect.
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