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What aviation raft is right for you?

by Danielle Connelly on 21. Oct, 2020 in Aviation, 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.

Buying a Life Raft Checklist

by Danielle Connelly on 06. Mar, 2018 in Marine, Aviation, Life Rafts

Buying a life raft is an investment into something you hope you never have to use; but when you do have to use it, you want to make sure your life raft performs. Purchasing a life raft can be overwhelming,  with so many different features to compare.

Winter flying tips

by Danielle Connelly on 19. Feb, 2018 in Aviation

Flying during the winter can be some of the best flying around. With less air traffic, usually greater visibility and improved aircraft performance, you can experience some of the best conditions out there. To have the best experience though, planning for winter weather starts well ahead of time.

What do you actually need in an aviation life vest?

by Danielle Connelly on 15. Jan, 2018 in Aviation

The FAA requires all extended overwater flights carry  life preservers and other approved safety flotation devices for passengers and crew for Parts 121, 125 and 135. Extended overwater flight is defined as one over water at a distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the nearest shoreline. A life preserver, with an approved survivor locator light, is required for each occupant of the plane.

Helicopter safety matters to all of us

by Danielle Connelly on 11. Dec, 2017 in Aviation

In a 10-year span from 2005-2015, there were 136 helicopter accidents, 65 of them fatal with 312 reported deaths as a result. That’s far too many, in the eyes of the USHST, although it is getting better each year.

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