Aug 6, 2007

Passenger Briefing - something missing?

Aviatrix's 'over water' posting contained a link to the regulations. As I will sooner or later be crossing the Straight of Georgia and flying up the west coast of Vancouver Island in my home-built aircraft, I thought I'd go review the regs. Nothing new there... but it got me wondering if my lawn chair seat cushions will float and if they can be considered "flotation devices"... or if I should invest in something more "official."

Then I scanned down to the passenger briefing section (pasted below) -- Can you spot the important piece of safety gear in a small aircraft that is not mentioned?

Passenger Briefings

602.89 (1) The pilot-in-command of an aircraft shall ensure that all of the passengers on board the aircraft are briefed before take-off with respect to the following, where applicable:

(a) the location and means of operation of emergency and normal exits;

(b) the location and means of operation of safety belts, shoulder harnesses and restraint devices;

(c) the positioning of seats and the securing of seat backs and chair tables;

(d) the stowage of carry-on baggage;

(e) where the aircraft is unpressurized and it is possible that the flight will require the use of oxygen by the passengers, the location and means of operation of oxygen equipment; and

(f) any prohibition against smoking.

(2) The pilot-in-command of an aircraft shall ensure that all of the passengers on board the aircraft are briefed

(a) in the case of an over-water flight where the carriage of life preservers, individual flotation devices or personal flotation devices is required pursuant to section 602.62, before commencement of the over-water portion of the flight, with respect to the location and use of those items; and

(b) in the case of a pressurized aircraft that is to be operated at an altitude above FL 250, before the aircraft reaches FL 250, with respect to the location and means of operation of oxygen equipment.

(3) The pilot-in-command of an aircraft shall, before take-off, ensure that all of the passengers on board the aircraft are provided with information respecting the location and use of

(a) first aid kits and survival equipment;

(b) where the aircraft is a helicopter or a small aircraft that is an aeroplane, any ELT that is required to be carried on board pursuant to section 605.38; and

(c) any life raft that is required to be carried on board pursuant to section 602.63.

5 comments:

Soaring Student said...

So where's the fire extinguisher?

Good catch.

steveg said...

Ummmmm Parachutes?

Aluwings said...

Steveg - good try but parachutes are only worn for aerobatic flying or some test flying. Passengers aren't generally permitted on such flights.

Soaring Student got it - Every aircraft is required to carry at least one fire extinguisher. If there are no flight attendants and only one pilot, I'm pretty sure the passengers need to know where to find it just as much as they need to know about ELTs, first aid kits and survival gear.

I guess it's just an oversight in this version of that regulation...?

John said...
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John said...

Out of curiosity I checked the FAA regs for the similar regulation which does include location of fire extinguishers. FAR 91.1035 if you want to compare.