The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) was seeking a solution to the barotrauma injuries and decompression sickness caused by traditional hypobaric altitude chambers used in aviation training. NAVAIR contacted the team at ACT to assist with the development of a new type of altitude simulation.
In training pilots the Navy pushes the development of new technology for state-of-the-art flight simulation technology. The decades old technology of hypobaric chambers is simply not compatible with new flight simulators.
After a rigorous vetting process, including a national competition of engineering companies, ACT was selected for the project based on its experience, technology and safety record. ACT incorporated its normobaric low oxygen altitude simulation technology, pulse oximetry system, and new state of the art control system to simulate altitudes as high as 30,000 feet. The new altitude simulation systems, now in use in Pensacola Florida and Miramar California have eliminated the medical risk of altitude simulation and allow the use of the latest generation of flight simulation technology for pilot training. The cost savings was dramatic saving the Navy several million dollars for each hypobaric chamber replaced. The Navy is now in the process of acquiring an additional eight systems from ACT.