High-Altitude Normobaric Chamber


As a professional pilot, you will spend the majority of your flight time at high altitudes. That makes the Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach Hypoxia Awareness Training an extremely valuable resource.

At the heart of the Embry-Riddle program is our High Altitude Normobaric Laboratory. The High Altitude Laboratory (HAL) uses air scrubbers to extract oxygen from inside an enclosure, creating a hypoxic environment that can simulate altitudes up to 30,000 feet. Because there is no change in atmospheric pressure, there is no danger of ear or sinus blocks, trapped gas, or decompression sickness.

The goal of our Hypoxia Awareness Training is to teach you the warning signs of hypoxia and how to mitigate the risk. This training is available for aviation students enrolled in the AS 357 Flight Physiology course. A classroom session covers basic high altitude physiology, respiration and the causes and symptoms of hypoxia. Under the supervision of qualified instructors, students will be able to experience their personal symptoms of hypoxia while performing cognitive and motor flight-related tasks. They will then correct by donning an airline-style oxygen mask before their decision making becomes clouded or they become incapacitated.  

Corporate and other flight departments can schedule the lab. Contact Professor Glenn Harmon at 386-226-6843 or glenn.harmon@erau.edu for additional information.

Lab Information

Location: COA 132B

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email dbdeanga@erau.edu.