Hi All,

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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