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School of Army Aviation Medicine

HYPOBARIC CHAMBER

For current Chamber schedule, please visit ATRRS and type in the course information as 2C-F9 to receive a listing of upcoming Altitude Chambers.


Hypobaric "Altitude" Chamber Training

The School of Army Aviation Medicine (SAAM) is home to the Army`s only Hypobaric (Altitude) Chamber specifically used for aviation/aeromedical training purposes. Established in 1971 at Hanchey Army Heliport, it moved to its current location at the back of the Aeromedical Center when USASAM was organized in 1984. To date, the chamber has trained approximately 65,000 aircrew members. SAAM conducts initial and refresher Hypobaric Chamber training for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aviators, Flight Medics, Aviation Psychologists, Aviation Safety Officers, Flight Surgeons, Special Operations Forces, High-Altitude Parachutists (HAP/HALO), and a variety of DoD supported agencies. Students must complete two hours of academic training prior to participating in the chamber flight. The focus is on altitude physiology and the effects of hypoxia, as well as other physiological problems resulting from exposure to reduced atmospheric pressure encountered during high altitude fixed wing and/or rotary wing flight. The training requires each student to demonstrate thorough understanding of the effects of altitude on the human body; recognize the signs/symptoms of hypoxia, and utilize available oxygen systems to prevent/recover from hypoxia. This training enables the aircrews to experience the effects of altitude exposure in a safe and controlled environment, providing the student with the training necessary for global deployment.

HYPOBARIC (ALTITUDE) CHAMBER TRAINING

- Fixed Wing Qualification

- Fixed Wing Refresher

- HALO

- Flight Surgeon

For the current Chamber schedule, please visit ATRRS and type in the course information as 2C-F9 to receive a listing of upcoming Altitude Chambers.

HYPOBARIC CHAMBER REFRESHER TRAINING  (2C-F9/300-F9)
Please Call 334-255-7445 for schedule information

ATRRS listing

Initial/Refresher chambers are scheduled on Tuesdays and the High Altitude/Low Opening (HALO) chambers are scheduled on Thursdays.  Academics for all ATTRS scheduled chambers start promptly at 0900 on the start date in room X-101, building 301, Lyster Army Health Clinic. After the academics, students will be released for a light lunch and are expected to be back in the classroom by 1230 for the chamber exposure.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAINING:

-Bring current up slip DD Form 2992, recommendation for flying duty or the appropriate Air Force Form if you are in the Air Force).

-If you are doing a HALO Chamber, bring current HALO physical.

-Flight suit, ABDUs or BDUs are the only approved uniforms for the chamber.

SAAM is located at Lyster Army Health Center, Building 301 Andrews Avenue, Fort Rucker, Alabama 36362

If you have any questions please call COM: 334-255-7445, DSN: 558-7445