Airborne Systems HAHO Oxygen System Receives C-17 Certification from USAF
Pennsauken, NJ - 13 August, 2008
Airborne Systems, which has combined the world’s leading parachute brands specializing in aerial delivery systems, rescue and survival equipment, and engineering services, today announced that it’s PHAOS and OXCON systems received certification from the United States Air Force for use on the C-17 aircraft.
The PHAOS (Parachutists High Altitude Oxygen System) and OXCON (Oxygen Console) are designed to meet the challenges of high altitude parachutist’s oxygen systems during HAHO (High Altitude High Opening) and HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) missions. The PHAOS system integrates an oxygen mask with a uniquely designed automatic diluter/demand regulator. The demand regulator design is superior to a constant flow system as it maximizes the effective use of oxygen during HAHO missions.
The OXCON Oxygen Console is a portable, multi-station oxygen system designed to contain and distribute regulated oxygen for pre-breathing on board the transport aircraft. OXCON, which supplements the man mounted PHAOS system, is available in eight man, six man and two man versions depending on the requirements of the mission. The OXCON’s rugged construction utilizes stainless steel fittings and lightweight high flex hose.
PHAOS has been tested by NASA, the US Army Soldier Systems Centre (SSC), and NAVAIR and has been certified to operate at altitudes up to 35,000 ft MSL (Mean Sea Level). PHAOS is presently the only certified oxygen system in the United States.