A Pilot’s Guide to Preventive Maintenance

by Danielle Connelly on 20. Sep, 2018

The FAA requires an annual inspection which can come with a high bill if there are several repairs needed to make sure your craft is air-worthy. As a pilot, there are several ways you can take care of your plane throughout the year to reduce costs from repairs found during your inspection.

The SWTILIK Difference: Heat-Sealed Seams

by Danielle Connelly on 11. Sep, 2018

Construction and materials used is arguably the most important factor when considering a life raft. The seam is one of the most likely failure point and different manufacturers use different techniques to close the seam, which can make a tremendous amount of difference in the lifespan of your life raft.

Donning an airline life vest

by Danielle Connelly on 05. Sep, 2018

It’s something you don’t think about or pay attention to, the first few minutes on a plane as the flight attendants do the safety demonstration. You’ve heard it all before and the likelihood of an emergency is so low that you won’t be affected. But when it does happen, will you react and follow the correct instructions? In the Miracle on the Hudson, when evacuating in the Hudson River most passengers didn’t even grab their life jackets and those that did, not everyone properly put them on. 

The SWITLIK Difference: Convertible Canopy

by Danielle Connelly on 30. Aug, 2018

A canopy is essential in your protection from the elements and the majority of rafts available come standard with one. There are however, major differences in configuration that separate the lower end rafts from the higher end. Some canopy configurations can actually cause more harm than good, which will be clear as we explore two types of canopies: one that inflate as the life raft inflates and canopies that inflate, when activated, after boarding.

From the Archives: SWITLIK goes international

by Danielle Connelly on 23. Aug, 2018

From our parachute days, SWITLIK products were used all around the world in life-saving operations. In the years leading up to World War II, about 66% of the company’s business was with the United States Army and Navy while 24% was with foreign governments. To keep up with production, SWITLIK opened manufacturing plants in Canada (producing parachutes for the Royal Air Force) and worked with L’Aviorex to produce a SWITLIK parachute under license in France known as the L’Aviorex SWITLIK. SWITLIK employee Albert Stretch represented the company’s interest in Europe, setting up additional manufacturing licenses and also working with different agents in countries like Bulgaria and Portugal to sell parachutes to their respective governments.   


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