February 2007 Issue

Safety Equipment

Itís not your fault; the engine just quit, but youíre still on the ground in a remote area. Whatís in your airplane to get you through an off-airport landing?

Itís often a source of heated debate in hangar-flying sessions: What should you carry in the airplane to get you through an off-airport landing? How should you plan for such an event, and what will you need to get you through it? The scenarios raised in such discussions can range from making a quick 911 cellphone call to request assistance from a warm, sunny beach to a marathon wintertime "Donner Party" episode. Or worse.

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