Frasca ATD Helps ERAU Study Hypoxia
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has taken delivery of a Mentor advanced aircraft training device built by Frasca. The trainer will be used in studies of hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, in the university’s Normobaric lab. The Mentor replicates a Cessna 172 cockpit complete with Garmin G1000 avionics and a Truvision visual system. This is the only such lab in the country and features special pumps that extract oxygen from the chamber, according to a release issued by the university at the time of the lab’s opening last year.The trainer will be used in the lab to study the effects of pilots experiencing oxygen deprivation at high altitudes. It will be able to track and record flight data from the simulator.Embry-Riddle’s Normobaric lab was originally built to teach student pilots how to identify and recover from hypoxia.