O2 Simplified

We stopped by Mountain High's booth to take a look at their oxygen hardware, and liked this neat idea for mounting a cannula without the usual array of hoses draping over the ears. This boom mounts to your headset with double-sticky tape and holds the cannula to the nose using an adjustable, 3D printed tube.

This has actually been available since before last year, according to the sales folks manning the display, so its not exactly new--it is still clever, and anything that makes oxygen easier to use is a plus.

Using supplemental oxygen at lower altitudes than what are strictly required will help you stay fresher and less fatigued, a nice factor on a long day of flying in the low teens.

Paul Dye

Paul Dye, Kitplanes® Editor in Chief, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the space shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen, and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and a Subsonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor, and Flight Advisor, as well as a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

2 Replies to “O2 Simplified”

  1. Terrible - as a retired nurse that has wrestled with nasal cannulas on patients for years, this would never work! It would become partially out of position and with such minimal contact only at the nares, would quickly be forgotten,(not noticed) by the user. Any time you adjusted the headset, turbulence or wind, (open cockpit), would also require nose readjustment. Around the head and over the ear cups - cinched either behind the head or under the chin, depending how good of shape your shoulders are in.
    Increased price, maintenance, decreased O2 intake and not movable to different headsets.

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