Aviation Technology, Inc. Partners with CAPS & Aircraft Spruce to Introduce Game-Changing AltAlert™ Personal Cabin Pressure Monitor

Del Mar, CA (April 20, 2015) – Late last year, Aviation Technology, Inc. broke new ground in aircraft cabin safety and security with the launch of the revolutionary new AltAlert™ device.

And now, the world’s first and only personal cabin pressure monitor will be integrated into a wide range of flight crew training programs – and made available for purchase at a leading aviation supply company – thanks to a pair of groundbreaking partnerships.

Del Mar, CA-based Aviation Technology, Inc. has teamed up with Van Nuys, CA-based Corporate Air Parts, Inc. and its exclusive and acclaimed CAPS Flight Crew Training programs to introduce the AltAlert™ to all its trainees. The durable, portable and easy-to-use device will also be made available for purchase to all program trainees. It currently retails for just $399.

“CAPS is proud to partner with Aviation Technology, Inc. and offer the revolutionary AltAlert™ personal cabin pressure monitor,” said CAPS Director of Operations & Development Earl Marchesi. “In addition to adding this great product to our sales inventory of cabin safety equipment, the personal pressure monitor is a great fit for our Hypoxia and Emergency Crewmember training programs. And like our own LAND/Shark®, we share in Aviation Technology’s pride knowing that the AltAlert™ is manufactured in California, USA.”

An unresponsive condition caused by a lack of cabin pressure, hypoxia has been identified as the culprit in several tragic aircraft accidents, including the one that claimed golf legend Payne Stewart’s life in 1999 and the 2014 crash that proved fatal for TBM Owners and Pilots Association Chairman Larry Glazer and his wife Jane.

The AltAlert™ personal cabin pressure monitor has been created to alleviate safety and security risks posed by hypoxia and other cabin pressure problems, such as slow cabin pressure leaks. And to provide a new level of personal protection and peace of mind to pilots, crew members and passengers alike.

Developed using exclusively licensed NASA technology and brought to market by exclusive patent holder Aviation Technology, Inc., AltAlert™ provides a secondary sensing and alerting system for aircraft cabin pressurization that can easily be worn or mounted within the cabin. AltAlert™ actually monitors aircraft cabin altitude – not blood oxygen levels – thus mitigating the risk associated with hypoxia, which is typically difficult (if not impossible) to recognize.

Once activated by installation of the included battery, the lightweight and portable AltAlert™ device enters “sleep mode” while at ground level, then begins sampling pressure and battery voltage every 15 seconds during climb, and while in level flight at altitudes above sea level. Relative cabin pressure and battery status is indicated via a series of LED color changes and alarm tones on the device.

“This device is about the size of a typical cell phone,” said Aviation Technology President and CEO Stacy Pappas Sawaya. “Small enough and lightweight enough to clip onto a lapel or visor, or mount on a cabin surface. It can provide a new measure of confidence and risk-mitigation for pilots, passengers and crew.”

Hypoxia can often be a “silent killer.” Symptoms are slow in onset and may initially go unrecognized. The portable and affordable AltAlert™ serves as a safeguard to pilots, crew members and passengers.

“Even the best trained pilots and OEM-supplied warning systems have suffered a lapse in cabin altitude awareness,” said Pappas Sawaya. “The AltAlert closes this gap and can save lives.”

Thanks to Aviation Technology Inc.’s new partnership with Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company, AltAlert™ will be available for purchase at this leading aviation supply company.

"Aircraft Spruce is committed to offering only the finest in aviation products, and AltAlert™ certainly fits that description. We are proud to carry this invaluable and innovative device, and confident that it will enhance your safety and security up in the air," said Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company Owner, Jim Irwin.

 

About Aviation Technology Inc. & AltAlert™

Developed under exclusive license from NASA, Del Mar, CA-based Aviation Technology Inc. created the world’s first and only personal cabin pressure monitor: AltAlert™. AltAlert™ brings a new level of protection and peace of mind to pilots, passengers and crew. The portable and durable AltAlert™ is adept at detecting cabin pressure problems, such as slow cabin pressure leaks. Affordable and easy-to-use, AltAlert™ is ideal for preventing slow onset hypoxia, which has been identified as the culprit in numerous fatal plane crashes. AltAlert™ is about the size of a cell phone, and can be either clipped to the visor or mounted on a flat surface. It works by acutely monitoring aircraft cabin altitude and sounding an alarm when aircraft cabin pressure is compromised. It’s a brilliant piece of aviation engineering that provides peace of mind at any altitude. You can learn more about Aviation Technology, Inc. and AltAlert™ online at www.aviationtechnologyinc.com 

About Corporate Air Parts, Inc. & CAPS Flight Crew Training

Headquartered in Van Nuys, CA and managed by Corporate Air Parts, Inc., CAPS Flight Crew Training prides itself on delivering training programs designed to meet the many needs and requirements of pilots and aircrews in corporate and general aviation. All CAPS training is competitively priced, relevant, interesting, known for exceeding required course contents and presented in a truly “hands-on” fashion. Training meets all applicable regulations for emergency procedures training as required under CFR Parts 91, 125, 135, JAR OPS1, IS-BAO standards. Certificates of training are issued for one year. CAPS Flight Crew Training programs include Cabin Safety Training, Corporate Flight Attendant Training, Crewmember Emergency Training, Emergency Procedures Training, Executive Frequent Flyer Training, Inflight Medical, Initial Emergency Procedures Training and Recurrent Emergency Procedures Training. To learn more about Corporate Air Parts, Inc. & CAPS Flight Crew Training, visit http://www.corpairparts.net/Training_Overview.html.

About Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company

Based in Corona, CA, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company is the leading aviation supply house in the world. Aircraft Spruce carries everything a pilot could need, including pilot supplies and aircraft parts, always at the lowest prices. Aircraft Spruce supplies components for a wide variety of homebuilt aircraft including the Lancair, Vans Aircraft, Cozy, Starduster and Europa – as well as factory-built parts for Cessna, Piper, Beech and Mooney. Products include Garmin avionics, tools, charts, propellers, spruce, software, instruments, aircraft engines, aviation headsets and landing gear components. Aircraft Spruce also carries a full line of aviation grade hardware, covering supplies, composite materials, airframe parts, electronic components and steel and aluminum. To learn more, visit www.aircraftspruce.com.

For more information, contact Debi Carpenter at debicarpenter1@gmail.com or 760.390.7386

Aviation Technologies and the Personal Cabin Pressurization Monitor

Hypoxia results from unprotected exposure above certain altitudes. Defined as an insufficient supply of oxygen to the body’s tissues, hypoxia insidiously affects the central nervous system and organs. The most dangerous aspect of hypoxia is that the victim may lose the ability for critical judgment before detecting any impairment. Hypoxia is particularly dangerous for an aircraft crew when there is a slow, progressive increase in altitude or a sudden exposure to high altitude. 

NASA’s Jan Zysko, an engineer at Kennedy Space Center, developed the personal cabin pressurization monitor, a personal safety device that alerts the user to dangerous or deteriorating cabin pressure, which could lead to hypoxia, based on the limits prescribed in the Federal Aviation Regulations. The technology alerts the user when a programmed cabin pressure altitude is reached, or 30 minutes between the two altitudes. NASA applied for and received a U.S. patent on the invention. The invention also received several awards, including NASA’s Invention of the Year in 2004. 

Aviation Technology, Inc., of Del Mar, California, has recently licensed the patent from NASA. The company is developing a basic model of the technology that features a small monitor with an integrated alarm and LED annunciation that will sound and flash a super-bright LED when cabin pressure is approaching or exceeds a maximum safe operating altitude. The monitor has a sleep mode and will only “awaken” and sound when pressure is outside the safe limit. There are plans to develop an enhanced Pro model based on market demand and customer feedback. The initial model will be introduced to industry in 2012. 

Aviation Technology, Inc. has marketing connections within the aviation field, both commercial and private. In addition, they have a history of working with many successful aviation businesses at various locations around the world. Aviation Technology intends to market the Personal Cabin Pressurization Monitor within the industry to these before expanding to pilot supply companies, commercial airlines, and aviation schools.

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center I volume 4 number 2 I fall/winter 2011