Wearing a life vest while flying on floats

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Re: Wearing a life vest while flying on floats

#26 Post by photofly » Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:42 pm

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https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/d ... n-1324.htm

A life preserver (as far as I know) will keep your head out of the water even if you're unconscious. Not so a PFD.

EDIT: ah, there it is-

551.401 Life Saving Equipment Over Water - Life Preservers

(a) Introduction

This section contains standards of airworthiness for Life Preservers required by CAR 602.62.

(b) Definitions

In this section, a "life preserver" is a flotation device, which when properly worn by a person, will provide adequate buoyant force to support the body in a safe and stable position in water and provide a self-righting force to maintain the face above the water; (gilet de sauvetage).
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Re: Wearing a life vest while flying on floats

#27 Post by PilotDAR » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:44 am

A life preserver (as far as I know) will keep your head out of the water even if you're unconscious. Not so a PFD.
Correct. PFD's simply provide additional bouyancy, with no requirement to roll you face up. My understanding is also that an aviation approved lifejacket must be dual chamber, and have a water activated light, and whistle, though I know this from training, not 'cause I can pinpoint the requirement in a regulation.
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Re: Wearing a life vest while flying on floats

#28 Post by LousyFisherman » Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:56 am

On floats, I wear a non-certified boating Mustang PFD with the automatic activator removed. I have another one for my passenger . Both are very comforatable and do not interfere with movement in any way. There are 2 certified life jackets in the plane, but I doubt they will ever be used.

I would much rather have a PFD with no paper around my neck rather than a certified life jacket somewhere in the plane that I may not be able to reach.

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Re: Wearing a life vest while flying on floats

#29 Post by Meatservo » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:50 pm

I don't want to wade into the pros/cons or anything, but from a strictly logical point of view, if a passenger asks why you get the good vest and they don't, you can earnestly tell them that because they spend maybe one hour a year in floatplanes, and you spend several hundred hours a year in float planes, the odds are definitely in the passenger's favour, therefore the pilot deserves the good vest!
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