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Hypoxia Symptoms and Avoidance – above 12,500 feet – Mountain Flying – NorCal – ATC audio


The insidious threat that is Hypoxia, affects everyone in a unique way…
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Mountain Flying Training with Jason Miller was awesome!
This is an other of many episodes that I am happy to share from the 2015 workshop!


Birth of a HUGE Wild Fire:

Landing at 8,500 ft Density Altitude:

Survival after Forced Landing:

Search and Rescue friendly Flight Plans + PLBs:

(and MORE coming, so keep an eye on the channel)

If you’ve ever considered doing a mountain check out, I HIGHLY recommend giving Jason a shout!

Published since 2005 The Finer Points is Aviation’s original flight training podcast. Over 25 hours of audio with expert CFI Jason Miller delivered in short bits of flying wisdom that are both charming and informative.

Additional DETAILS from Dr. Howard Donner:

The pulse oximeter shines two beams of light through the finger. One beam is red light and the other is infrared light. The ratio of red to infrared light is used to determine the oxygen saturation.

Regarding being in good cardiovascular shape as related to avoiding altitude issues. The answer is … being in top physical shape (or having a high level of cardiovascular fitness) helps with performance in all arenas but has no specific advantage for helping pilots adapt to altitude.

Incase the explanation of blood saturation was not clear enough: The bottom line is Oxygen saturation reflects the percentage of the total hemoglobin that is carrying oxygen.


Big thanks to Nonin for being nimble and quickly setting up a deal to get the GO2 Achieve (including a lanyard and case) into the monthly prize – it occurred to me to reach out as I was finalizing this edit, and we got a deal together with less than 24 hours before publishing 🙂

And thanks to PIVOT case!
Get yours at sporty’s pilot shop!

Also a big thanks to Truckee Tahoe Airport for putting up with our film making antics 🙂

Jason Miller is a Certified Flight Instrument Instructor with more than 18 years of aviation experience and thousands of hours of instruction given.
Jason is an instructor for the FAA, AOPA’s Air Safety Institute and was nominated by the FAA for the 2009 Flight Instructor of the Year Award.
…I am passionate about developing systems that help pilots become safer and more efficient.” Says Miller.
Using his background as a performer and experience on the flight line, Jason created The Finer Points — Aviation Podcast, one of the most recognized and well respected aviation podcasts in the world. The critically acclaimed podcast has delivered more than 3m flight training files to pilots all over the world.

Howard Donner is a part of the Finer Points team; he started his career as a professional guide before getting into medicine.
He’s had a long career as a Wilderness Medicine Instructor and author, and of course is an accomplished CFI.


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I’m a Private Pilot, doing my best to stay current and learn. I fly for fun and might just be the least cocky pilot on the internet! My self analysis videos can seem self deprecating at times, but I am trying to learn from the small mistakes to avoid making a big one; I’m happy to share and find it rewarding to help other pilots or aspiring aviators in any way that I can. How does the saying go? “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards”. And in aviation, not all tests are survivable.

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