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Thread: Pilot Survival VEST (Inflateable) even on wheels........thoughts ???

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    Default Pilot Survival VEST (Inflateable) even on wheels........thoughts ???

    Yes, when driving a float aircraft we wear an inflatable vest. Given the large lakes and inlets that wheel plane operators fly over, seems an inflatable survival vest would be prudent for all souls aboard.

    http://www.adn.com/article/20150811/...e-crash-emerge

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    Absolutely! And if the water temperatures or silt-laden clothing should overcome the pilot and/or his passenger(s), at least the bodies can later be found, ending the mystery of the whole episode.

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    Wear one all the time and a helmet. It ain't Kansas down there here in SE.

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    I have two types. The vest with gear on-board. ( Which is no longer made by Stearns since they were bought out by Coleman)
    Plus I have a couple of the suspender style inflaters which are handy for passengers of different sizes.
    I wonder why I can't see my own photos....??? Can anyone else see them??
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    I can see them. Looks like a good setup.

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    ​Yep . . . looks like the rest of us can see them. Good photos, too . . .

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    Pass. Should wheel guys wear hip boots, too?

    Around the Anchorage area it's simple enough to get sufficient altitude for the inlet crossings. The sample accident probably fit the typical accident profile. A perfect alignment of multiple bad factors. That potential will always exist.

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    I wear mine for the gear inside, although since the local airport has a pattern which extends over ocean water, I also wear it for the floatation.
    I also wear heavy duty clothing with long sleeves. If I have to bust through the Lexan or plexiglass, I do not want to cut the heck out of myself while doing it.
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    When I fly on wheels I don't fly over any water that I cant make it across if something was to happen. If I was going to then yes a vest would be in order. Its not hard to have the altitude needed to avoid going in the drink if something was to happen. Common sense and awareness keeps you out of this situation.

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    Float Pilot--- where did you get the float jacket?

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