Infrared Training Center
Nashua, NH 03063
Yes, another “Ron travel story!”
Those of us who travel react differently to the Flight Attendant Safety Instructions. Some ignore them, some sleep through, the rare person actually pays attention and the multi-million miler has heard it thousands of times. That doesn’t mean that we don’t listen still and take it seriously. Many years ago I actually had a flight abort a takeoff and ended up going down the emergency chute!
On 8/30/2016 I was flying Delta 1480 from Hartford, CT to Detroit, MI. The flight had 80 empty seats, strange. When I arrived at the gate and saw this I wondered what did other people know that I didn’t…
Well, even after 3 Million miles I must admit my heart raced a bit but I remembered the instructions on how to put my mask on. My seat mate did too. The other 10 First Class passengers did not! Maybe they think hypoxia is a joke. Maybe they can’t spell hypoxia? If we were going to be a lawn dart I sure wanted to see it end!
Anyway, the pilot headed to lower altitudes (24,000 feet) pretty quickly while we were told it was a problem with the A/C Unit (maybe a valve?). You can see the descent rate and final altitude below.
After about 15 minutes the Oxygen masks were depleted, everyone was calm and we were cruising at 24,000 feet. My seat mate had an app connected to his phone that read his blood Oxygen level. I’m not sure I can believe this but it read 87%! Seems low to me but we were at 24,000 feet with a busted A/C unit.
The lessons here are:
1. Buy a FLIR One – you never know when it will come in handy for writing blogs (shameless self- promotion)
2.Take the airline safety instructions seriously and follow them.
3.Referring to #1 – I do carry at least the FLIR One with me and usually have at a C2, E8 or T650sc with me wherever I go. We live in an interesting thermal world. What makes the ITC unique is that all of our instructors are dedicated to constant learning ourselves so we can pass that on to our students. We do this by taking every opportunity we get to learn more. This was an exciting, unexpected opportunity I just couldn’t pass up!