SCU Smoke Hood


The Self-Contained Unit (SCU) is a lightweight, self-contained protective breathing device, or smoke hood.  The SCU smoke hood is designed to safeguard a passenger or crewmember from the effects of decompression, smoke, carbon dioxide, harmful gases or oxygen deficiency during an in-flight emergency on private or corporate aircraft.

The Self-Contained Unit, with its patented hood, takes less than 15 seconds to don and provides 360° visibility while supplying aviation grade oxygen.  This smoke hood protects a user’s head and vision from fire and smoke for up to 60 minutes.

Its one-size-fits-all design simply slips over the head.  There is no mouthpiece or nose clip to impede communication and the smoke hood allows for corrective or protective eyewear with no restrictions.  With the SCU smoke hood, the wearer is able to see, hear, talk and move freely.

Unlike a filter mask that must clean outside air to make it fit to breathe, the SCU smoke hood provides a self-contained oxygen supply.  A small felt-covered oxygen cylinder delivers breathable oxygen and is in place directly under the neck seal to assure comfort.

At only 2 lbs., the Self-Contained Unit is the lightest smoke hood available.  The SCU will last up to 60 minutes for an average male, sitting, waiting for rescue.

The SCU smoke hood comes in a flat, flame-retardant soft-side pouch that virtually eliminates the possibility of someone tripping on it, once discarded.  The SCU has a small footprint, with a thin profile (7.5” x 9.5” x 2”) that allows for small cache/storage units.

The SCU smoke hood has a maintenance-free 10-1/2 year life span.

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Protective Breathing Equipment


The Essex PBE (Protective Breathing Equipment) is a portable, self-contained, personal smoke hood designed to safeguard flight attendants and cabin crewmembers from the effects of smoke, carbon dioxide, harmful gases and oxygen deficiency while managing in-flight fire, smoke or fume emergencies.

The PBE uses compressed aviator grade oxygen as its source of supply to crewmembers.  The PBE smoke hood dons in only 15 seconds, with a unique design that eliminates the need for an oral/nasal mask.  The amber-tinted hood provides 270° of visibility and the elastic neck seal requires no adjustment.  The PBE provides 15 minutes of oxygen and one size fits most adults.

The Essex PBE (Protective Breathing Equipment) is a proven design that has been in service worldwide in commercial aviation fleets since 1989.  This lightweight smoke hood is used by 90% of the commercial airline Industry in the United States, as well as many major international airlines.


System Design

The oxygen system in the Essex PBE (Protective Breathing Equipment) consists of two oxygen cylinder assemblies mounted to the bottom side of the neck seal.  Special fabric and chemical panels inside the hood keep carbon dioxide concentrations at safe levels during the hood’s service period as the wearer exhales into the hood.

The Essex PBE features a battery-powered green and red light service/end-of-service Indicator.  Mounted slightly below eye level on the left inner side of the hood, this light functions as a secondary indicator for monitoring oxygen activation, reassuring the wearer that the equipment is functioning.

The PBE smoke hood is folded and vacuum-sealed in a moisture resistant barrier pouch equipped with a replace by date label and an internal humidity indicator.

Essex Protective Breathing Equipment (PBE) requires very little stowage space and has the lightest stowage and end use weight.  Several different stowage options are available.


The Essex PBE has the following approvals:

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Approved to: TSO-C116, Crewmember Protective Breathing Equipment and TSO-C99, Crewmember Protective Breathing Equipment
  • Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Approved (United Kingdom)
  • Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) Approved
  • Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) Approved
  • European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Approved to: ETSO-C116, Crewmember Protective Breathing Equipment and ETSO-C99, Crewmember Protective Breathing Equipment


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To watch a 15 second donning demonstration, click here.

Click here to watch a PBE Training video.

If you require a Specification Sheet for our equipment, please select “Request More Info” with the product name and part number.