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Introducing LISA

by Danielle Connelly on 23. Apr, 2018 in Press Releases

We are excited to announce that after several years of development, manufacturing of the US Army LISA SuitLightweight Immersion Suit for Aviation has begun! As part of a multi-year EMD contract, SWITLIK, working hand-in hand with PM Air Warrior, has designed the innovative lightweight, LISA anti-exposure immersion suit as part of the U.S. Army Air Solider System (AirSS) program.  The US Army is expected to begin fielding the LISA suit as early as the 2nd quarter 2018.

Your Guide to Boating Safely

by Danielle Connelly on 17. Apr, 2018

From 2015 to 2016, the Coast Guard reported an 11.3% rise in fatalities for registered recreational vessels. This is an addition to an already increased rate from 2015 to 2016. Of those fatalities, when cause of death was known, 80% of the victims drowned.

The Caterpillar Club

by Danielle Connelly on 12. Apr, 2018

The Caterpillar Club is one of the most exclusive societies in the world. Yet no one is particularly anxious to join this organization because initiation is strenuous. The honor is not sought; fate thrusts it at times on those who travel by air.

Man Overboard! Food for Thought

by Ryan Taffet on 05. Apr, 2018 in Marine

It all happened in an instant, yet it felt like slow motion. What started out as a beautiful “light-and-variable wind” day of sharking in the mudhole eventually progressed into fifteen knot winds and four-foot seas by the afternoon. As we started rocking and rolling, the chum in our two chum bags started dispersing at a much more rapid rate. As I reached over to grab on of the chum bags for a refill, the frayed rope holding the bag instantly snapped, sending the bag adrift. I put my knees on the gunnel and over-extended my reach as far as I could to save my $30 chum bag. At that very instant, a rogue five-foot wave lifted the opposite side of the boat and dipped my side almost into the water… I was about to become “one with the chum”, going from the very top of the food chain to the very bottom. I remember knowing that I was going in the water and feeling helpless to stop it. Head-first I slid right off the gunnel, took in a nice mouthful of salty chum water, and worked my way to the back of the boat where I had a fold-away swim ladder to get back onboard.

The Great Debate: Life Raft or Dinghy

by Danielle Connelly on 29. Mar, 2018 in Life Rafts

When looking for a life raft, a question we get occasionally, ‘Why do I need a life raft if I already have a dinghy?’

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