Alex wrote:I'm reviewing and re-thinking my survival stuff. Like others, I think I need to keep the good stuff on my body. I have collected a bunch of items over time but, since I'm starting fresh, I wanted to ask: What what do you consider your top five items, in order of importance?
mtv wrote:For those who hang their survival packs on the backs of airplane front seats, I hope your front seats don't fold. With forty pounds hung on the seatback of YOUR seat, in a suddent deceleration, that's forty more pounds of acceleration your shoulder harnesses are going to have to absorb and decelerate.
Savannah-Tom wrote:mtv wrote:For those who hang their survival packs on the backs of airplane front seats, I hope your front seats don't fold. With forty pounds hung on the seatback of YOUR seat, in a suddent deceleration, that's forty more pounds of acceleration your shoulder harnesses are going to have to absorb and decelerate.
Excellent point, but actually understated. In a mild crash, you can easily survive a decelleration of 10 or 20 Gs when equipped with proper restraints. Your 40 pound pack on the seat back, though, will be transformed into a 400 to 800 pound load on the seat. Now you are talking some serious forces.
In the winter there is one thing that I know I would want to have if I went down in the woods, (in addition to my vest) and that is footwear that will keep my feet from freezing if I am able to move about. I know that most pilots are a bit picky about the shoes they wear when flying. But I would not want to find myself out in the snow looking at a burning plane in my tennis shoes.
whee wrote:gotta agree with gb. no need to get your panties in a wad because someone disagrees with the way you think about survival gear
182 STOL driver wrote:Have a friend who is professional 135 pilot who sent me the following about mr. MTV -----
I found out that mtv guy who is pose-ing as some sort of an expert on
all matters in the air and on the ground is actually considered kinda
Bozo by several people in the know. According to that friend up in AK I
told you about, this hotshot could not pass one too many checkrides and
is un-employable up there for professional flying work. My buddy up
there is the same combat veteran category as you (but Navy fix-wing). He
said this guy is known to be kind of a jerk. Apparently he fancys
himself as a big-shot opinion-maker on the internet groups and
inexperienced people listen to him, but the AK guys that actually fly
more than talk don't take him all that serious. Suposedly he is no
longer in Alaska because of the checkride problem. I remember a guy like
that in the early 1990's aviation "usenet" newsgroups named Captain
Zoom. He talked a great game and made himself sound like a real aviator,
but was actually a total idiot. For a while he published a magazine that
trash-talked anyone who disagreed with him, but anyone who paid to
advertise in his magazine got rave reviews from "the editor" Captain
Zoom. Maybe this mtv character is the same guy popping back up as a
back-country bush pilot expert on everything? If that guy has been on
government-sponsored luxury vacations in Laos or Cambodia or Panama or
wherever all over hell you went for 30 years then I might listen to what
he thinks about crash survival. Lots of fake experts and wanna-bees on
the internet chatrooms.
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