Suresnes, France, 8-11-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Philips Respironics, a unit of Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI), announced that the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the SimplyGo portable oxygen concentrator (POC) for in-flight use on commercial airliners.
With the approval, SimplyGo becomes the only FAA-cleared portable oxygen concentrator (POC) that offers user-triggered and continuous flow in a design of fewer than 5 kg (10 pounds). SimplyGo has twice the oxygen output of any other POC at this weight and is able to meet the portable needs of nearly all oxygen users. FAA approval applies to all SimplyGo systems, including those in use prior to the announcement.
The FAA rule approving the use of SimplyGo for in-flight use on U.S. carriers will become effective on or about October 31, 2012, which is 15 days after publication of the new rule in the Federal Register. To view the FAA statement, go to www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-16/html/2012-25412.htm.
“We are extremely pleased to inform oxygen users that they will be able to fly with the SimplyGo POC,” said Mats Dahlquist, Vice President Home Healthcare Solutions International. “Given its portability, oxygen output, and continuous flow capability, we believe that SimplyGo is an ideal choice for oxygen users who are active or like to travel.”
Although the FAA and other international aviation regulatory bodies allow the use of approved portable oxygen concentrators on commercial airlines, many domestic and international carriers have additional requirements including advance notification, and possession of a physician’s letter and oxygen prescription. Oxygen users planning to fly with SimplyGo should contact their airline well in advance of travel.
SimplyGo is part of the Philips Respironics Right Fit family of oxygen products that also includes the EverFlo stationary concentrator and the UltraFill home oxygen filling system. For more information, visit: www.philips.com/ReadySetSimplyGo.
For further information, please contact:
Sabine van Deursen
Philips Healthcare Communications
Tel: +31 (0)615043894
Philips Home Healthcare Solutions
Tel: +33 1 47 28 30 84
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