The first way to survive a water landing is not to land on water in the first place, but there are times that flying over water cannot be avoided, such as when air traffic control requests that you fly miles off shore around the Great Lakes, or when flying over the Canadian wilderness. Surviving a water landing involves having the right equipment on board one’s aircraft and knowing how to use it, personal endurance, and luck!
AOPA’s Sarah Brown has just produced a video and written an article entitled “Staying alive: Survival training for after a ditching.”
To view them, go to www.aopa.org and click the “News & Video” tab at the top of the home page, then go to the “Techniques” page.
The training described in the video and article was made possible by the H2O2 Foundation, and was filmed off the coast of Southern California.