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Pilot/Pax Life Preservers  
User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 12
Posted (14 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 823 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 (14 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 771 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,

Buff


User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 769 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.
Iain


User currently offlineJim From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 765 times:

Pilot1113,

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......

jim


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29788 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (14 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 766 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.



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User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (14 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 759 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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