FAA Approved Portable Oxygen Concentrators – Positive Testing Results

In: Airline Travel on Portable Oxygen|Traveling with Oxygen

11 Jul 2010

The FAA – Federal Aviation Administration released on June 7, 2010, the Positive Testing Results for Portable Oxygen Concentrators.  Contained in the Press Release is the Department of Transportation (DOT) final rule “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel” (effective May 13, 2009) which contains air carrier requirements regarding the use of respiratory assistive devices on aircraft.

In the DOT final rule, section 382.133 generally requires that air carriers conducting passenger service must permit someone with a disability to use an FAA-approved portable oxygen concentrator (POC) on all flights (on aircraft originally designed to have a maximum passenger capacity of more than 19 seats) unless the device does not meet applicable FAA requirements for medical portable electronic devices (M-PED) and does not display a manufacturer’s label that indicates the device meets those FAA requirements.

All FAA approved POCs meet FAA requirements for M-PEDs. However, while it was anticipated that there would be labeling on POCs by May 13, 2009, there is currently labeling on very few POCs. The FAA is committed to facilitating the implementation of the DOT rule while ensuring compliance with FAA safety regulations.  If you have an approved Portable Oxygen Concentrator POC from the list of approved POC’s and do not have the FAA label, you should be able to contact the dealer to get a sticker.

To help air carriers obtain positive testing results for FAA approved POCs, FAA has contacted the manufacturers of FAA approved POCs and requested positive testing results regarding section 21, Category M of RTCA Document (DO) -160 testing.  The FAA is making these documents available on this website as they are received.

For more information on the  “Department of Transportation (DOT) final rule “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel” and the use of respiratory assistive devices on aircraft, see our previous post.

The Positive Testing Results for the Portable Oxygen Concentrators POC’s received so far are listed below each in their own PDF file.

AirSep FreeStyle (PDF)
AirSep LifeStyle (PDF)
Delphi RS-00400 (PDF)
DeVilbiss iGo (PDF)
IBC Lifechoice (PDF)
Inogen One G2 (PDF)
Invacare (PDF)
Oxlife Independence (PDF)

Respironics EverGo (PDF)
Sequal (PDF)

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