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Carbon Monoxide Detectors
by Mike Busch
Despite several high-profile CO-related aircraft accidents in recent years, very few pilots carry any sort of carbon monoxide detector when they fly. Those few who do mostly rely on the el-cheapo chemical spot detectors that are almost worthless. In one of the most important product research efforts AVweb has undertaken to date, Mike Busch analyzes the CO-related accident history, discusses the medical aspects of CO poisoning, and evaluates the various kinds of CO detectors available, including an in-depth comparison of the latest crop of electronic digital-readout CO detectors. The hands-down winner turns out to be a unit you probably never heard of.


E-Ox Personal Emergency O2 System
by Brent Blue M.D.
Aeromedix has developed a miniature aviation-grade personal oxygen system that slips easily into in your flight bag, briefcase or tote-bag, and provides up to 255 liters (9 cu. ft.) of breathing oxygen that you can have with you wherever you go. Active pilot and aviation medicine expert Dr. Brent Blue (president of Aeromedix) thinks this little $200 system is a terrific option for GA pilots who don't do enough high-altitude flying to justify spending $600 to $900 for a full-blown portable oxygen system. And in an emergency, it could be a lifesaver.


Doc Blue's Emergency Medical Kit
by Brent Blue M.D.
Do you carry a first aid kit in your airplane or car? According to AVweb's Brent Blue M.D., first aid kits of the drugstore variety are mostly packed with stuff that is totally useless and occasionally harmful. Over the years, Dr. Blue has assembled his own traveling medical kit for dealing with on-the-road emergencies, based on his long experience as an emergency room doc, frequent traveler, pilot, outdoorsman, and dad. He offers details of exactly what's in his kit, why each item is there, and how to assemble a really good kit of your own.


Taking the "Search" Out of "Search-and-Rescue"
The new generation of 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacons

by Brent Blue M.D.
After years of bureaucratic delay, the FCC has finally approved the use of 406 MHz PLBs in the United States starting July 1, 2003. For less than $800, you can now carry technology in your flight bag or survival kit that will alert Search-and-Rescue agencies of your identity and exact location within five minutes. These new PLBs provide protection not just for flying, but also all sorts of other outdoor activities.


Pilot Report: Nonin Onyx Pulse Oximeter
by Mike Busch
A pulse oximeter is a medical instrument that hospitals use to measure the level of oxygen in your bloodstream without actually having to draw blood and send it to the lab. In essence, you just clip a probe onto your finger, and within seconds you get a digital readout that tells you whether you're hypoxic, and if so, how seriously. Until recently, these instruments were too bulky and costly to consider for in-cockpit use. But, a new, inexpensive, micro-miniature model from Nonin Medical has changed all that. AVweb's Mike Busch and Dr. Brent Blue put the Nonin Onyx to the test, and it passed with flying colors. If you fly at 10,000 feet or above (and sometimes even if you don't), you really ought to use one of these.


CNN Review: High tech device stops nausea
For someone who gets dizzy from standing up too suddenly, whale-watching probably wasn't the sharpest idea. But emboldened by the release of the ReliefBand, a new electronic device that combats motion sickness, I took a friend on a four-hour tour off the California coast and hoped for the best.


ReliefBand: Best Remedy Yet For Motion Sickness
by Brent Blue M.D.
Whatever euphemism you use -- puking, urping, barfing, power yawn -- motion sickness is a huge problem for aviation. It's a common reason for student pilots to quit, a major impediment to aerobatic training, and such a serious problem for passengers that many pilots can't coax spouses or children to fly with them. In this interview, AVweb's aeromedical expert Dr. Brent Blue talks about what causes motion sickness and discusses the various drug and non-drug remedies available, including a just-released electronic device that looks like it might be the best answer yet.


NY Times: A Glimpse of a Future in a New Kind of Light
A report on LED lights from the New York Times.


Personal Respiratory Protective Devices
by Mike Busch
Huh? You mean smoke hoods? Aren't they just for paranoid white-knuckle flyers and airline safety gloom-and-doomsters like Mary Schiavo and Ralph Nader? That's what AVweb's Mike Busch thought, too, until he looked into the subject. Now he doesn't leave home without one, and explains why. His report compares various models, and gives top rating to an inexpensive unit the size of a soda can.


Overcoming P-Factor
by Mike Busch
No, we're not talking about that left-turning tendency on takeoff, but rather the other kind of P-factor that so often preoccupies light plane passengers. In fact, with the possible exception of turbulence, a lack of bathroom facilities is perhaps the chief concern that non-pilots have about flying in small aircraft -- and sometimes it's a problem for pilots, too. AVweb's Mike Busch evaluates a number of products designed to address such range-limiting concerns.


Some Great, Cheap Electronics for Pilots
by Mike Busch
Long GA flights require special planning and, sometimes, special equipment. During a recent transcontinental trip, Mike Busch had the opportunity to fly with some new electronic gadgets -- each priced well under $1,000 -- and found them too terrific not to share.
- XM Satellite Radio
- Pocket Plates
- React Electronic Oxygen Conserver