Can you recall the last time you actually extracted your smoke-shield oxygen mask from its compartment and visually checked it over? The current wording of FAR Part 121.333 says you should do exactly that on each preflight cockpit setup. But, as Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) pointed out after a recent incident, “it has become custom and practice” for pilots to check oxygen and microphone functions with the masks in-situ in their stowage boxes beside crew ...

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