Chris Oquist is a private pilot and web developer at Banyan Pilot Shop in South Florida. He is an avid blogger and article writer whose expertise includes the Bose A20. As an aviation enthusiast, Chris is passionate about sharing his knowledge on all-things-aviation.
It’s better to be safe than sorry. While many of our mothers have said this to each of us at some point in our lives, taking that advice to heart is difficult at times. Yes Mom, thanks to you I still look both ways even before crossing the intersection on a rural, desolate single-lane road. But I’d much rather have it that way and spend a few moments of my time instead of the alternative.
This phrase becomes no less important when talking about aviation. As a pilot, it is your responsibility to ensure all those in your cabin and on board as passengers will be safe in the event a crisis strikes. Of course nobody wants to think of a plane going down in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness, but believe it or not it is possible even outside the realm of Hollywood. Flight safety and procuring abundant pilot supplies should be one of a private pilot’s primary concerns.
If you’ve ever ridden on a plane before you know that at some point during each flight, the flight attendant goes over safety information and the location of emergency exits, oxygen masks, and floatation devices. This is necessary under law. Other imperative safety equipment includes:
- Life vest – Fairly self-explanatory. Life vests are meant to keep a person afloat above water.
- First aid kit – There isn’t enough space on this page for everything an aircraft’s first aid kit should have, because you always want to be fully prepared. However some of the contents of a first aid should include bandages, antiseptic, splints, adhesive tape, syringes, scissors, analgesic, latex gloves, and antiseptic wipes.
- Escape straps –
- Fire extinguisher – fires can start in the interior or exterior of an aircraft. Alleviating the damage of the fire is crucial, so knock it out so it won’t continue to burn.
- Flight Data Recorder (aka black box) – Utilized for accident investigation and analyzes air quality, safety issues, and airplane component performance.
For commercial flights, safety information will not be up to one person to supply. For private flights, however, this is not the case. As an owner of a private plane myself, the last thing I would ever want is to put passengers or fellow cabin members in the face of increased danger or risk. This is precisely why I ensure my plane is fit with abundant safety equipment. To close this piece the way it began, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Thanks again, Mom.