I fly from 5673 MSL. I often drive to 11,000 MSL. I have seen many people
have issues at that altitude. If you get a mountain checkout they will provide
you with some good information about flying at altitude. FAA requirements
aside; at one point I was suggested to just use my oxygen for a 5 hour flight
(most of the time 12,500) to KGUE in AZ, and I would feel a lot better.
Look for lost awareness and blue under your fingernails. It is very hard for a
pilot to notice oxygen issues. I read an NTSB report of a pilot who passed out
due to the O2 tank not functioning properly.
Don’t forget your to monitor fuel mixture!
From: Flesner via KRnet
And many get "mountain sickness" and have to acclimate to altitude and
some have died at very high levels.
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