CFI Training Program


Southern AeroMedical Institute is pleased to support Certified Flight Instructors in achieving their goals for improving customer satisfaction by providing Advanced Altitude Chamber training and post-training support. We have partnered with many Academies, Training Facilities and Aviation Organizations throughout the world. We are committed to an Aviation Safety Culture through comprehensive, individualized, and technologically advanced hypoxia training.

 The Objective

  • To provide Certified Flight Instructors and their student pilots with Advanced Altitude Chamber training to educate about the insidious nature of Slow Onset Hypoxia.
  • Educate Certified Flight Instructors on how to teach their student pilots to recognize the signs and sensations of Slow Onset Hypoxia.
  • Prevent further Hypoxia related aviation fatalities.

The Opportunity

  • Comprehensive Slow Onset Hypoxia Training focusing on small groups within the High Altitude Chamber incorporating flight simulators and ATC communication to recreate accurate scenario based training.
  • Provide trainees with information and resources for recurrent training.
  • Educate pilots on the importance of utilizing their oxygen mask when they suspect a decompression through our Emergency Mask Donning Proficiency (EMDP) protocol.


Our Proposal

Certified Flight Instructors have a well-deserved reputation for quality pilot training. However, faced with advances in avionics, and the task oriented nature of ascent, a slow cabin decompression can be easily missed resulting in fatalities. While discussing scenarios is an excellent introductory training method, it is far too dangerous to recreate the scenario while actually flying an aircraft. Therefore, providing scenario based training in SAMI’s Altitude Chamber is a significantly safer and cost effective environment.  

Southern AeroMedical Institute, over the last 17 years has carefully researched and developed our advanced training programs. Our training can easily integrate with a Certified Flight Instructors teaching syllabus. Most importantly, we provide the training and support to recognize the insidious nature of slow onset hypoxia which has already claimed the lives of so many.


Training Details – Advanced chamber program


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  • 1/2 Hour of Lecture – “Slow Onset Hypoxia” with Dr. Buza
    • In-depth review of Slow Onset Hypoxia, a basic introduction to aviation physiology, and a case review of accidents as a result from Slow Onset Hypoxia.
  • 1/2 Hour Pre Flight Orientation – Introduction to Flight Simulator and Oxygen Mask
    • Introduction of computer based flight simulator.
    • Review of Emergency Mask Donning Proficiency – Train pilots to comply with FAA regulations requiring pilots to don their oxygen masks within 5 seconds of recognizing their individual hypoxia sensations.
  • One Hour of Flight – High Altitude Chamber Training
    • Ear and Sinus check to ensure pilot’s ability to safetly ascend to altitudes above 10,000 feet.
    • Scenario training begins at 5,000 feet with an ascent rate of 1,500 feet per minute.
    • Trainees are given flight instructions by ATC while engaging their simulator.
    • Dr. Buza carefully monitors trainees, including communicating with them during the scenario to ascertain their individual hypoxia sensations.
  • 1/2 Hour Post Flight Review – Review Oxygen Saturation and Flight Video with Dr. Buza
    • Dr. Buza reviews individual sensations of each trainee while watching the video.


Upon Completion

High Altitude Chamber and FAA/FITS accepted “Scenario Based Physiological Training” Certificate of Completion

Hypoxia “Fingerprint Card” – Laminated card with each pilot’s individual sequence of hypoxia sensations

Post Flight Debrief and Oxygen Saturation Review

Video of Flight Training

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CFI Referral Program  

Southern AeroMedical Institute looks forward to working with Certified Flight Instructors to enhance their syllabus by incorporating our advanced slow onset hypoxia training. We have developed a referral program centered around ensuring CFIs are able to attend training and benefit from referring their students to our facility. If you have questions regarding referral program, feel free to contact our Project Director, Jenelle Buza at your convenience by email at or by phone at (321) 676-3200.