Been to the Altitude Chamber, and All You Got Was Your Little Blue Card?
Yup! Been there - Done that... The "Altitude Chamber", is part of the FAA's Civil Aerospace Medical Institute's physiological training. This training, held at military installations throughout the United States, is a 1-day program instructing civilian pilots about the dangers and precautions of high altitude flying. The highlight of the day is, of course, a "ride" in the "Altitude Chamber", a hypobaric (low pressure) room which simulates the air density and atmospheric pressure of various flight levels. Generally, you are taken to an altitude of no greater than 25,000 feet above sea level, and allowed to experience the effects of hypoxia for several minutes.
And, at the end of the training, you receive your Form 3510-1 from the FAA, a 2 inch by 3 inch paper card. The certificate certifies that you have successfully completed the Physiological Training. But that's it. No ceremony. No "Pomp and Circumstance". No logbook endorsements. Not even a t-shirt or sticker. Until now!