Life Support Ensures Pilot Comfort, Survival | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.22.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.22.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.21.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.21.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.20.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.20.14 **

Thu, May 29, 2003

Life Support Ensures Pilot Comfort, Survival

When a pilot must eject from his aircraft and parachute to the ground, he builds a fire, drinks water and signals for rescue using the survival kit provided by the life-support unit at home base. The life-support unit here ensures all aircrews receive the best life-support equipment for flights and emergency situations, said Tech. Sgt. Scott Schmidt, life-support superintendent.

"If pilots need to eject from the aircraft, life support provides the equipment to safely get them to the ground and survival gear to help keep them alive until they are rescued," Schmidt said. Typical survival equipment includes water, food rations, fishing kits, flares, radio, compass, mirror, glow sticks and fire starters.

"The equipment inside a survival bag really depends on where you are," Schmidt said. "For example, pilots in desert areas would have a lot more water in their survival bags." Along with building and maintaining survival kits, life-support instructors provide pilots with annual refresher training courses to ensure they remember how to use the equipment.

"This keeps the information fresh in their (minds) in case they get in an emergency situation," said Schmidt. With about 400 students going through pilot training here yearly, plus a cadre of around 400 instructor pilots, life-support workers strive to ensure each pilot has all equipment in tip-top shape, said Senior Airman Joseph Hale, a life-support technician.

"All new student pilots here are fitted with a custom built helmet and oxygen mask," he said. Along with those items, technicians also ensure each pilot's "G-suit," a pressurized gravitational harness pilots use in high-performance aircraft, fits properly and is in perfect working condition. The suits have to withstand certain pressures to remain intact for pilots to survive, Schmidt said.

"It keeps blood where it needs to be so the pilot doesn't lose consciousness," he said. Last year, the life-support team conducted about 35,000 regular equipment inspections. Adding support to the T-6 Texan crews, the team expects to top 40,000 inspections this year.

"Our mission is so big here," Schmidt said. "We work hard and do an immense amount of work to support the pilots. In one day, one worker will do as much work here as an entire shop at most other bases." With about 300 sorties per day, the life-support technicians work hard to ensure pilot safety.

"Their life is our business," said Hale. [ANN Thanks Airman 1st Class Yvonne Conde, 47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs]

FMI: www.af.mil

Advertisement

More News

Game-Changing NBAA2014 Sponsor Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics!

Innovation Brings Safe, Certified, Nanophosphate® Lithium Batteries To New Business Aircraft True Blue Power is the first company in the world to achieve FAA TSO and EASA ETSO >[...]

Airborne at NBAA--10.21.14: NBAA2014 Opens, Eclipse Update, FJ44 TBO Increase

Also: Shuster/Hart Address NBAA, Gogo Means Business, BBJ Maxes Out, Hartzell Pulls Its Weight The NBAA Opening General Session featured two well-known names from Washington. Repre>[...]

Airborne at NBAA--10.20.14: HondaJet, Honeywell Forecast, Gulfstream's G500/G600

Also: Garmin's ADS-B For BizAv, R44s For Jordan, Textron Aviation, Hartzell Props, Clarity Aloft Pro Plus At a news conference early Monday at the 2014 NBAA convention, HondaJet sa>[...]

Airborne at NBAA--10.21.14: NBAA2014 Opens, Eclipse Update, FJ44 TBO Increase

Also: Shuster/Hart Address NBAA, Gogo Means Business, BBJ Maxes Out, Hartzell Pulls Its Weight The NBAA Opening General Session featured two well-known names from Washington. Repre>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.22.14)

Airport Operators Association - U.K. Founded in 1934, the Airport Operators Association (AOA) is the national voice of UK airports.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC