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Pilot/Pax Life Preservers  
User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Posted (15 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 935 times:

What are the recommended pilot/pax life preservers for over-water operations? As I live in Massachusetts and frequent ACK and MVY, I just want to be on the safe side and get some.

What am I looking for in them? What is the recommened bouyancy?

Any pertiant information would be helpful.

Thank you,

Neil Harrison

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User currently offlineBuff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (15 years 4 months 4 weeks ago) and read 883 times:

Neil - have you tried asking the USCG detachment in your area? Seems to me they'd have some good info on specs and suppliers.

Best Regards,


User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 881 times:

We use it when we go to Catilina. I suppose if you can not swim half way you should have a life vest. I would say from 20 miles or more it would be recommend but I would do it from 10-15 as I am a safety nut.

User currently offlineJim From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 877 times:


You might also consider purchase of your own PBE. I have seen them advertised in GOv't surplus catalogs for under $70. I have been thinking about one myself. Cheap insurance......


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29910 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 878 times:

You want to make sure that it is an inflateable. That way it won't want to float if you are trying to get out of an airplane that is underwater. A life jacket will only keep your head out of the water. It will not keep you warm in cold water.

I can't remember the name of the catalog that I used to get but it had a lot of good aircraft PFE's. Switlik makes some pretty good stuff however. I see a lot of helicopter flight crews especially like the Carbon Dioxide inflating suspenders.

But shop around find out what you like the best.

User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 871 times:

Thank you all, for your advice. It's greatly appreciated.

Sporty's has a few that look enticing. I may go with those. You can never have enough safety equipment with you.  

- Neil Harrison

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