Which oxygen system is right for me?
An oxygen system consists of a cylinder, regulator, oxygen delivery unit and a cannula or mask. Below we have tried to provide answers to some of the most common questions.
Oxygen delivery unit - EDS vs. constant flow
Cylinder and regulator types
For mounting the EDS unit or constant flow flowmeter – we usually recommend heavy duty Velcro to affix the unit to the side of the cockpit. It should be in view and accessible to the pilot in flight and should not obstruct the pilot from moving any controls in the cockpit. In some gliders it is possible to achieve this with the unit in a cockpit’s side pocket.
For mounting your cylinder, you ideally want to make seeing the gauge on the cylinder easy so that the oxygen level can be observed in flight or at the very least, just before take-off. You also ideally want to be able to operate the cut-off valve easily in flight. Again if not possible to achieve, you should be able to easily access the valve pre-take off.
Many gliders already have mounting solutions present. In most DG, LS, Schleicher, PIKs and Glasflugel gliders, the holder for the cylinder is present but you may need to mount a securing/locking mechanism. In older Schempp-Hirth gliders, there can be a variety of different mounting positions. Some may have a hole in a bulkhead designed to take a cylinder, usually in the fuselage, aft of the cockpit. Often Schempp-Hirth gliders will need mounting brackets to secure the cylinder. JS gliders usually have an obvious mounting position for the cylinder and a locking mechanism provided from factory. Modern two-seaters with engines may have a mounting position in the rear cockpit foot-well.
Filling adapters and other accessories
Once you have the kit setup in the glider, you need to consider how you will get the cylinder re-filled. If you fly regularly at most established wave sites in the UK or abroad, they will likely have filling facilities on site which should suit either the CGA540 or DIN477 threads. Alternatively, you may be able to fill the cylinder at your local dive-shop. It is very unlikely the dive-shop will have fittings to fill your cylinder and so for this reason we sell dive-shop filling adapters.
If your glider is owned by a syndicate or is a two-seater, you may require extra cannulas or masks (masks should be used when flying above 18,000ft.
What comes in the kits?
The EDS kit includes:
The constant flow kit includes:
Can I use my existing cylinder with a Mountain High oxygen delivery system?
Possibly, however many cylinders found in gliders have BSP threads. Unfortunately we can only source Mountain High regulators with a CGA540 or DIN477 thread and as the cylinder is usually the lowest cost element of the whole oxygen system, it is usually more economical to replace an old cylinder.
Can Navboys help me with installation of an oxygen system into my glider?
Yes we can - please make an enquiry using our contact form here.