135.89 Pilot requirements: Use of oxygen.
(a) Unpressurized aircraft. Each pilot of an unpressurized
aircraft shall use oxygen continuously when flying—
(1) At altitudes above 10,000 feet through 12,000 feet MSL for that part
of the flight at those altitudes that is of more than 30 minutes duration;
(2) Above 12,000 feet MSL.
(b) Pressurized aircraft. (1) Whenever a pressurized aircraft is
operated with the cabin pressure altitude more than 10,000 feet MSL, each
pilot shall comply with paragraph (a) of this section.
(2) Whenever a pressurized aircraft is operated at altitudes above 25,000
feet through 35,000 feet MSL, unless each pilot has an approved
quick-donning type oxygen mask—
(i) At least one pilot at the controls shall wear, secured and sealed, an
oxygen mask that either supplies oxygen at all times or automatically
supplies oxygen whenever the cabin pressure altitude exceeds 12,000 feet MSL;
(ii) During that flight, each other pilot on flight deck duty shall have
an oxygen mask, connected to an oxygen supply, located so as to allow
immediate placing of the mask on the pilot's face sealed and secured for
(3) Whenever a pressurized aircraft is operated at altitudes above 35,000
feet MSL, at least one pilot at the controls shall wear, secured and sealed,
an oxygen mask required by paragraph (b)(2)(i) of this section.
(4) If one pilot leaves a pilot duty station of an aircraft when
operating at altitudes above 25,000 feet MSL, the remaining pilot at the
controls shall put on and use an approved oxygen mask until the other pilot
returns to the pilot duty station of the aircraft.