First Glimpse at the Altus Avi8: Smart Oxygen Valve

First Glimpse at the Altus Avi8: Smart Oxygen Valve

We've been talking about our new push button smart oxygen valve for a couple of months and now have first images to share with you.  The Avi8 integrates all of our work over the last 5 years, bringing push button on/off control plus automatic modes that allow for iOS selection of user specified carbon monoxide, pulse oximetry, heart rate, and pressure altitude.  These parameters are then used to automatically turn on the oxygen valve for flow without user intervention.  

Oxygen tanks are often behind the seat or in the trunk and difficult to reach, so the push button controller allows the pilot or copilot to push the button to start and stop oxygen flow.  Simply run the intake hose from your oxygen regulator to the Avi8 and open the manual valve on the oxygen regulator.  The Avi8 will then take over the on/off control with the button controlling whether to allow oxygen to pass.

The iOS Aithre Connect app also includes selectable parameters and an optional auto mode.  The pilot can select heart rate levels, pressure altitude, carbon monoxide, and blood oxygen levels to automatically turn on the oxygen flow.  These parameters are available whenever the other Aithre products are used, such as the Shield carbon monoxide detector and the Illyrian pulse oximeter.  So, for example, the pilot can select to turn on the oxygen above 8000 MSL pressure altitude, a heart rate above 100 bpm, or a pulse oximeter reading below 92%.  If any one of these thresholds are crossed, the oxygen valve will open automatically.

The Avi8 will be offered as a standalone product for use with your existing tank or with our 152L bottle and custom regulator designed for the Avi8.  The regulator features a hose plug for direct connection to the Avi8 with an easy dial for flow rate control.  Also included is a direct bypass quick connect for emergency use in the event of malfunction or battery loss.

The device is powered by 4 3.7v Lithium ion batteries that appear like "AA" sized batteries.  These new batteries offer 6 hours of continuous "on" flow time.  At battery life end, the device shuts down and oxygen flow cannot be started.  We provide a separate battery charger and optional spare batteries to ensure availability during flight - plus the bypass line is always available power independent. 

A cannula with an inline flow meter, such as the MH-3, is required to fine tune the flow and maximize oxygen duration.  

Call us if you want to talk specifics or have any questions on this exciting new technology.