Canadian rules are a little different.
No water emergency equipment is required up to 50 nm from shore. Over 50 nm and up to 400 nm, then life jackets are required, beyond 400 miles life rafts or slide/rafts are required.
For Caribbean flying, that would mean that lift rafts are generally required for routing's from JFK
to the outer Caribbean. Technically, from JFK
to BDA, no rafts are required, but south of BDA they are. I say technically, only as HF
is required for routing's south of JFK
into New York Oceanic, so our HF
equipped aircraft are also raft equipped, so it is never an issue.
For non HF
/raft aircraft flying to the Caribbean (it does happen) they are routed south of CLB to 190nm north of NAS
, then they follow the islands to the Caribbean. It adds about 300 nm to an ANU
flight, and is about the same for the other end of the Caribbean, AUA
Within continental North America, no rafts are required ... however, Life Jacket Demos are required for Florida flights, as well as flights crossing the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf of St Lawrence and Lake Superior.
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