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What makes a raft a SWITLIK?

by Switlik on 20. Mar, 2018 in Life Rafts

Purchasing a life raft can be overwhelming,  with so many different features to compare. With 70 years experience of manufacturing life rafts, we've developed industry leading features that are unique only to SWITLIK life rafts.

Aviation gift ideas every pilot wants to land under their tree

by Switlik on 27. Nov, 2017 in Aviation

As we get set to rev up our engines to tackle our holiday shopping, don’t forget the pilot or aviation enthusiast on your list. They’re usually the ones on our list who already have want they want, or tell you they don’t need anything—not easy to shop for!

5 gifts sure to please any boater on your list

by Switlik on 21. Nov, 2017 in Marine

If you’re making a holiday shopping list and checking it twice, don’t forget the boater on your life. There are a number of fun and practical items perfect for the mariner.

Here’s our list of gear and gadgets every boater will love unwrapping this holiday season.

Do you have a life raft on your aircraft?

by Switlik on 15. Nov, 2017 in Life Rafts

Depending on your aircraft and its operation, you may be required to have a life raft(s) with rated capacity and buoyancy for all of your passengers.  The FAA now requires a life raft on-board for flights over 50 miles overwater operations for Parts 121, 125 and 135 aircraft and for Part 91.501 over 100 miles overwater. And when traveling internationally, different regulations like the ICAO or Canadian regulations may additionally require one. Even if not mandated, large bodies of water, like lakes are an unforgiving environment, with hypothermia being a constant threat. For all aircraft, including Part 91 General, a life raft is the best protection from the elements when going further than gliding distance from land.

Using your Life Raft

by Switlik on 14. Nov, 2017 in Life Rafts

Reprint from Latitutes & Attitudes
Captain Richard Switlik


What do I do if I need it? 

Now that you've installed your raft, how do you launch it when needed? Unfortunately, there is no method or sequence that is appropriate for all circumstances. Remember the lawyer’s saying, "Circumstances alter cases." The amount of time you have is the main thing to consider. Fire, the raft's location, how fast water is coming in, number and condition of crew, and wind and sea conditions all may alter your actions.

You should follow these basic steps, however, for virtually all situations:

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