September 2010 Issue
Survival Systems: Unforgettable Training
Call it the ultimate in scenario-based training, Survival Systems teaches you to exit a ditched aircraft by strapping you in and dunking you underwater.
Denial can be a useful thing when it comes to getting the job done. Iíve done my fair share of flying overwater and out of gliding distance to land, and just rationalized that the odds were slim of ditching and Iíd figure it out when it happened. The reality was that I didnít have a clue what being immersed in an aircraft would be like. I had no plan, and that meant that if the aircraft did anything other than stop upright and floating, I probably was going to the bottom wearing a 3000-pound aluminum suit. The point of egress training like we sampled at Survival Systems Inc. is to give you that plan.
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