WINSLOW - AVIATION
Whether you're looking for a Corporate Raft such as the FAUL or FASA, or the recreational GADR, Island Flier or Rescue Raft, we can direct you to the Raft that is right for you.
Regulations dictate that if your aircraft is over 12,500 lbs you need to have a TSO'd Life Raft. Under 12,500 you can have a recreational raft. The one exception to this raft rule is in the case your flying Part 135. Then the rule for ELTs. TSO'd rafts need to have a TSO'd ELT as well. Recreational rafts are allowed a regular PLB or ELT. Part 91 has a lot of leeway, so you can use any PLB, any Life jacket as long as they are Part 91 approved.
When looking for a marine aviation life raft for your vessel, trust no other than the professionals at The Life Raft Store. Be sure you are purchasing a life raft online that you can trust, not from the “blank blank” store that may be selling you supplies that are not regulated. We at the Life Raft store are subject experts. We will help you to determine your survival needs and wishes, and then pair you and your crew with the perfect aviation life raft to suit those needs.
An aviation life raft serves as a floating platform to keep you protected from the elements such as freezing cold water or scorching hot sun in the rare but serious event that you need to abandon your boat. Exposure in open water is a dangerous thing. Most life rafts have a canopy. This provides minimal protection from exposure and can even collect and channel rain water for drinking. A life raft also serves as a larger visual target for rescuers to see, especially from the air.
Aviation Life Raft Features:
- At least two separate flotation chambers.
- Insulated floors (two inflatable layers or with an insulating material).
- An inflatable canopy covering the entire raft.
- Large ballast bags suspended below the raft to stabilize it in high winds or waves.
- A boarding platform to make the raft easier to enter from the water.
- A substantial survival kit to support the rated number of occupants with food and water for more than 24 hours.
- An automatically deployed drogue or sea anchor.
The longer the estimated duration before evacuation, the more extensive the raft will be, because it would have to have the room for all the provisions you need to carry. Distance to evacuation is impacted by how far you are from shore (can a helicopter locate you?); how far you are from regular shipping routes (determines how long it takes for a redirected vessel to locate you); and the emergency tracking and positioning devices you carry, such as EPIRB, PLB, SPOT, Sat Phone, InReach or some other mobile transmitter.
It's hard to determine just how long you could be in a raft, so choosing the worst-case scenario strategy is safest. Hypothermia is a concern even though you're inside aviation life raft and you're not actually submerged in freezing water. Sitting in a life raft with an uninsulated single-layer floor can easily lower your body temperature, particularly if you're wet. The insulated floor dramatically reduces the rate of onset of hyperthermia.
Contact us at 321-821-4724 and ask to speak to Ron or Rachel to get started.