ROBDReduced-Oxygen Breathing Device
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My ROBD training allowed me to rapidly diagnose my symptoms--remember your personal symptoms, and don't hesitate to execute the emergency procedure.
As is the case with so many things in naval aviation, many of us turn the biannual trip to the ROBD into a competition.
By using the ROBD training and understanding each of our own hypoxia symptoms, personal capabilities and limitations, we all have the tools to mitigate the failure of an oxygen-generating system, an emergency that has become a prevalent hazard within the aging fleet of the FA-18G community.
THE ROBD HAS TRANSFORMED the way we train by incorporating all of the benefits of the hypobaric chamber without the high-risk environment, while also taking training fidelity and specificity to a much higher level.
After thinking over and over again about this experience, I am convinced that my recent training in the reduced oxygen breathing device (ROBD) helped me recognize the symptoms of hypoxia and complete the appropriate emergency procedures.
I began to tingle, and my WSO was hit with a wave of sudden sleepiness, just like the reduced-oxygen-breathing-device (ROBD) simulation we used during workups.
Since the implementation of reduced oxygen breathing device (ROBD) hypoxia training for FA-18 aircrew in 2006, there have been no hypoxia-related FA-18 Class A flight mishaps, only hazard reports.
When you go to the pool and the altitude chamber for your physiologyre-fresher training, the APs will get you through the dunker, the reduced-oxygen breathing device (ROBD), the night-vision labs, and all the required initial and periodic physiology training.
In this case, having the education on the ground through Approach articles, hazreps, ROBD simulator training, and the experience of others, definitely contributed to a successful outcome.
That's why the physiology program uses hypobaric chambers and reduced-O2-breathing-device (ROBD) trainers to allow aviators to identify their specific symptoms in a controlled environment.
The new reduced-oxygen-breathing device (ROBD) lets you experience hypoxia while performing flight duties in a simulator.
Controlled runs on the reduced oxygen-breathing device (ROBD) indicate this phenomenon occurs more often than we thought (21 of 30 trainees reported a strong desire to remove their mask).