On Saturday, 17.09.2022 the Aeroclub Arnstadt e.V. (ACA) celebrated its 30th anniversary. The ACA is dedicated to the care and promotion of aviation, primarily ultralight flying, and would like to give interested people the opportunity to fulfill the dream of flying. During the festive event in the hangar of the Alkersleben airfield, Dr. Martin Schädel gave a guest lecture on the subject of “Recording important parameters with a light sensor in the ear”.
Despite today’s standard measuring devices in the cockpit, tragic accidents occur time and again – as most recently on 04.09.22 when a Cessna crashed into the Baltic Sea – which can be traced back to a drop in pressure and a lack of oxygen on the part of the pilot. In the future, a practical recording of important vital parameters such as blood oxygen saturation and blood pressure could provide timely warning of critical situations or trigger countermeasures. Joint measurements by the ACA with sensors from the CiS Research Institute showed that oxygen saturation can drop to below 90% even under normal flight conditions and at the moderate altitudes of typical sport and small aircraft. Optical sensors from CiS were used to measure heart rate, blood oxygen saturation and also blood pressure by taking measurements in the ear.
Our former colleague Arndt Steinke led through the event. He has been responsible for continuing education and youth work in the Flieger-Verein for many years.