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FAA signs contract for new flight training chambers

January 20, 2011, 03:54 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration has signed a contract with the international logistics support division of Environmental Tectonics Corporation, the firm announced.

The contract is for a project to provide upgrades and modernize the high altitude training chambers that the Administration currently uses in training for general aviation pilots as well as flight crews and pilots for commercial planes. These hypobaric chambers are generally used to prepare those who will fly for the changes that occur due to differences in altitude. According to ETC, the chambers also prepare pilots and other flight staff for "physiological hazards associated with high-altitude flight and the dangers of flying in instrument meteorological conditions."

The corporation, which has a long-standing relationship with the FAA, will be providing all of the labor and materials for the upgrade throughout the contract, set to end in September.

Though these types of training materials that simulate in flight conditions are very useful in increasing emergency preparedness, pilots may still encounter unexpected hazards. Life insurance for pilots is an essential way for them to provide for their family in case should a sudden change in conditions while they are flying result in a fatal crash.  

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