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  • Switlik - SAR-6 Blue Water Offshore Life Raft - Features
    floors The boat shape design provides extra leg room for six people and offers the highest level of protection from the elements in both coastal and offshore situations The high freeboard keeps the water out while the independent chambers provide redundancy in case of a tube failure Heavy Duty 840 denier Nylon Buoyancy Tubes Coated on Both Sides with Abrasion Resistant Urethane featuring Over Lapped Seams Taped Inside and Out Chosen by the USCG and Royal Australian Air Force after extensive comparative testing in the industry as the best design for stabilizing a life raft This testing included limited occupants overloading and extraction which brings heavy down wash from the helicopter Auto erecting arches with a furled canopy provide an open platform making it simple to just jump in The High Visibility Fluorescent Orange Canopy with Opaque Blue Inner Coating provides a perfect combination of visibility and a calming vertigo Aviation X Back Air Crew Vest Aviator Life Vest U Zip It Dry Suit ISPLR 1 Person Liferaft Single Cell Airline Vests Double Cell Airline Vests ILV 20 Infant Life Vest Marine MOM 600 MOM 8 A Techfloat MRP 10 CPR OPR SAR6 Race Marks Military Anti G Suit MK

    Original URL path: http://www.switlik.com/marine/sar6/features (2016-04-26)
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  • Switlik - SAR-6 Offshore Life Raft - Tech Specs
    raft based on the following criteria usable floor area inflated buoyancy size of an average individual and their concept of how long someone might be in the raft before rescue not to mention how you find yourself to be there i e from a sinking vessel or a ditched aircraft As a result SWITLIK takes the position that a life raft s capacity is truly defined by its total size in floor area and inflated buoyancy How many people that translates into depends upon your usage and interpretation of the above criteria A raft that might safely support 6 or 8 people in an emergency for 24 hours will seem a lot smaller for a transoceanic passage where rescue might be weeks in coming Standard Equipment Raft Equipment Raft Repair Clamp Kit 1sm 1 med 1 lg 3ea Hand Inflation Pump with 5 Extension 1ea Pressure Relief Valve Plugs 6ea Spare Military Specification Sea Anchor with 50 Rode 1ea Bailing Bucket 1ea Sponges 2ea Paddles 2ea Water Proof Equipment Bag Large 1ea Equipment Bag Small 1ea Survival Equipment Survival Manual 1ea Immediate Action Placard Hanging from Arch Tube 1ea USCG Approved folding Utility Knife 1ea USCG Approved First Aid Kit 1ea USCG Approved Fishing Kit 1ea USCG Approved Food Rations 60 000kJ USCG Approved Drinking Water 66oz Water Bag 3ea Drinking Cup 1ea Compass Lensatic Liquid Filled 468 1ea Sea Sickness Tablets 36ea SPF 25 Waterproof Sun Screen 4oz Can Opener 1ea Signaling Equipment USCG Approved SOLAS Parachute Flares 2 USCG Approved SOLAS Hand Held Flares 3 USCG Approved Signal Mirror 1 USCG Approved Flash Light 1 Spare Batteries 2 Spare Bulb 1 Dye Marker Military Specification Mil S 17980 1 Whistle 1 Optional Equipment Marine Grade 6463 T55 Anodized Aluminum Deck Mounting Cradle for Hard Container USCG Approved Hydrostatic

    Original URL path: http://www.switlik.com/marine/sar6/tech-specs (2016-04-26)
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  • Life Raft Inflation: Air vs. CO2
    affected by temperature When you compress CO 2 into a cylinder the pressure changes based on temperature This can affect the speed of inflation at low temperatures the gas compresses which lowers the pressure and your life raft will inflate slowly In some cases the CO 2 will even solidify into dry ice which slows inflation even more Air on the other hand is not affected by temperature Your raft will inflate with greater speed than CO 2 regardless of the temperature See below for a visual representation The CO 2 raft was chilled to 20⁰F the air charged raft was chilled to 40⁰F In an emergency where every second counts wouldn t you want air inflation In addition to inflation time using air for inflation allows for the installation of a pressure gauge With a CO 2 cylinder per the above the pressure in the cylinder depends on the temperature making it impossible to tell if a leak has occurred without weighing the cylinder Since the pressure of air in the cylinder doesn t change a gauge can be installed This lets you guarantee that your raft has air in the cylinder and will inflate before each trip All SWITLIK life rafts now come standard with Air Inflation systems and visible go no go gauge This feature along with our patented and military proven vacuum sealing process allows us to extend the time between services on our rafts to FIVE Years Such a long service interval decreases the overall cost of ownership For more information on SWITLIK rafts and the innovative design changes that have been made click here Search Search this site on Google Search Google The new Switlik Aviation Categories Marine 5 Aviation 3 Press Releases 3 Life Rafts 2 Uncategorized 2 Events 1 Product Announcements 1

    Original URL path: http://www.switlik.com/blog/life-raft-inflation-air-vs.-co2 (2016-04-26)
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  • Switlik | Marine and Aviation Safety and Survival Blog | S Switlik
    this will impact distributors and suppliers supporting the rotorcraft marketplace The new rules regarding equipment include but are not limited to Each rotorcraft will be required to be equipped with a radio altimeter section 135 160 Helicopter operations conducted over water will be required to carry additional safety equipment to assist passengers and crew in the event an accident occurs over water section 135 168 Helicopter air ambulances must be equipped with helicopter terrain awareness warning systems HTAWS section 135 605 Helicopter air ambulances must be equipped with a flight data monitoring system section 135 607 Requires each helicopter air ambulance operator to establish and document in its operations manual an FAA approved preflight risk analysis section 135 617 and Requires safety briefings or training for helicopter air ambulance medical personnel section 135 621 Medical personnel will be less likely to inadvertently introduce risk to an operation because of increased familiarity with the aircraft and emergency procedures SWITLIK Survival Products is paying the most attention to Section 135 168 which addresses the requirements for additional safety equipment when operating over water According to the information laid out in section 135 168 after April 24 2017 no person may operate a rotorcraft beyond autorotational distance from the shoreline unless it carries the following equipment An approved life preserver equipped with an approved survivor locator light for each occupant of therotorcraft The life preserver must be worn by each occupant while the rotorcraft is beyond autorotational distance from the shoreline except for a patient transported during a helicopter air ambulance operation as defined in 135 601 b 1 when wearing a life preserver would be inadvisable for medical reasons An approved and installed 406 MHz emergency locator transmitter ELT with 121 5 MHz homing capability Autorotational distance refers to the distance a rotorcraft can travel in autorotation as described by the manufacturer in the approved Rotorcraft Flight Manual Shoreline means that area of the land adjacent to the water of an ocean sea lake pond river or tidal basin that is above the high water mark at which a rotorcraft could be landed safely This does not include land areas which are unsuitable for landing such as vertical cliffs or land intermittently under water Now that all passengers and crew are required to wear an FAA approved life vest at all times during transit over water beyond the rotorcraft s autorotational distance it is going to be all the more important to consider comfort when purchasing your life vest SWITLIK s selection of constant wear life vests has a superior advantage in comfort and durability over their competition Each vest is FAA Approved and specifically designed for constant wear in the seated position in your helicopter or fixed wing aircraft The vests allow for full range of motion and fit well with harnesses and other required gear The vests are so comfortable you ll forget you re wearing them Start planning for 2017 now by purchasing a SWITLIK constant wear life vest

    Original URL path: http://www.switlik.com/blog/author/s-switlik (2016-04-26)
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  • Switlik | Marine and Aviation Safety and Survival Blog | Marine
    Lake takes fifth Viljoen struggles to find a puff from the outside and manages sixth The top six finishers are done as the starboard fleet is still helpless in battling the flood and lack of wind to even start Johnny takes first for the night while riding a Mike s Lab production race board showing the production quality and design by Mike Zajicek Ozone kites continue a strong showing with the new Cabrinha Velocity kites being ridden by Kender and Lake as well as the ASV kites ridden by Koch and Viljoen giving strong competition The overall standings for the night are Johnny Kender Lake Koch Erika See the link below for complete results Thanks go out to all the volunteers the St Francis Yacht Club all the racers and to the new title sponsor Lagunitas Brewing Company for making the series happen Next Race May 2nd 2013 Lagunitas Brewing http lagunitas com St Francis Yacht Club Race Results Lagunitas Kite Race Series Results African Kite Racing Continental Championships http www kiteafricans com Read full story Comments 0 Switlik Life Rafts used in the 2012 US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar at U S Naval Academy by Switlik on 12 Apr 2012 in Marine Over the course of this past weekend two Switlik Offshore Life Rafts were deployed allowing over 100 participants the opportunity to experience firsthand how to deploy board and utilize all the safety equipment supplied in a offshore life raft The first training session took place on the severn river and was a live deployment off one of the Naval Academy s sloops The raft used in this session was the Switlik SAR 6 Offshore Life Raft which is the most advanced life raft available on the market The key features of this raft is the convertible canopy which allows for simple boarding as victims can jump directly into the raft limiting their time the water The canopy design allows for endless configurations for shelter ensuring proper ventilation in addition to providing easy extraction when rescue teams are on scene The second feature which was highlighted in the Safety at Sea Seminar is the large ballast system The entire bottom of the raft features one large ballast bag that allows a large amount of water to enter and circulate in an oval fashion ensuring the raft will be stable while riding waves and can withstand the downdraft of a rescue helicopter when extracting victims The second session was located at the Naval Academy pool and the Switlik MD 3 ISAF ISO approved life raft was used for a range of training drills This raft was chosen for this session of the Safety at Sea Seminar as it is a widely used raft in the upcoming 2012 Newport to Bermuda Race as it meets the life raft safety requirements as listed in the Notice of Race As shown in the pictures from the pool session you will see the Switlik MD 3 has a full auto erecting canopy

    Original URL path: http://www.switlik.com/blog/topic/marine (2016-04-26)
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  • Switlik | Marine and Aviation Safety and Survival Blog | Life Rafts
    come standard with Air Inflation systems and visible go no go gauge This feature along with our patented and military proven vacuum sealing process allows us to extend the time between services on our rafts to FIVE Years Such a long service interval decreases the overall cost of ownership For more information on SWITLIK rafts and the innovative design changes that have been made click here Read full story Comments 0 Life Rafts Determining your capacity needs by S Switlik on 29 Jan 2014 in Life Rafts Looking at life rafts and trying to determine what the capacity is can be confusing There are several questions that you could ask Is it simply based on a body 6 man 8 man Is it about the total weight of the passengers Does it change depending on what type of trip you take The short answer is yes to all of those questions There is no one universal method of rating life raft capacities In fact there are several different methods and governmental agencies worldwide that rate the capacity of a life raft based on the following criteria usable floor area inflated buoyancy their concept of how long someone might be in the raft before rescue and how big that agency thinks users might be on average In addition consideration needs to be put into how you find yourself to be there i e from a sinking vessel or a ditched aircraft lifeIn general a life raft s capacity is defined by its total size in floor area and inflated buoyancy How many people that translates into depends upon your usage your typical passengers your boating location and most importantly how long you might be in it before rescue A raft that might safely support 6 or 8 people in an emergency

    Original URL path: http://www.switlik.com/blog/topic/life-rafts (2016-04-26)
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  • Switlik | Marine and Aviation Safety and Survival Blog | safety
    air isn t affected by temperature When you compress CO 2 into a cylinder the pressure changes based on temperature This can affect the speed of inflation at low temperatures the gas compresses which lowers the pressure and your life raft will inflate slowly In some cases the CO 2 will even solidify into dry ice which slows inflation even more Air on the other hand is not affected by temperature Your raft will inflate with greater speed than CO 2 regardless of the temperature See below for a visual representation The CO 2 raft was chilled to 20⁰F the air charged raft was chilled to 40⁰F In an emergency where every second counts wouldn t you want air inflation In addition to inflation time using air for inflation allows for the installation of a pressure gauge With a CO 2 cylinder per the above the pressure in the cylinder depends on the temperature making it impossible to tell if a leak has occurred without weighing the cylinder Since the pressure of air in the cylinder doesn t change a gauge can be installed This lets you guarantee that your raft has air in the cylinder and will inflate before each trip All SWITLIK life rafts now come standard with Air Inflation systems and visible go no go gauge This feature along with our patented and military proven vacuum sealing process allows us to extend the time between services on our rafts to FIVE Years Such a long service interval decreases the overall cost of ownership For more information on SWITLIK rafts and the innovative design changes that have been made click here Read full story Comments 0 Search Search this site on Google Search Google The new Switlik Aviation Categories Marine 5 Aviation 3 Press Releases 3 Life Rafts

    Original URL path: http://www.switlik.com/blog/topic/safety (2016-04-26)
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  • Are you prepared to meet the NEW FAA Helicopter Rules?
    with a flight data monitoring system section 135 607 Requires each helicopter air ambulance operator to establish and document in its operations manual an FAA approved preflight risk analysis section 135 617 and Requires safety briefings or training for helicopter air ambulance medical personnel section 135 621 Medical personnel will be less likely to inadvertently introduce risk to an operation because of increased familiarity with the aircraft and emergency procedures SWITLIK Survival Products is paying the most attention to Section 135 168 which addresses the requirements for additional safety equipment when operating over water According to the information laid out in section 135 168 after April 24 2017 no person may operate a rotorcraft beyond autorotational distance from the shoreline unless it carries the following equipment An approved life preserver equipped with an approved survivor locator light for each occupant of therotorcraft The life preserver must be worn by each occupant while the rotorcraft is beyond autorotational distance from the shoreline except for a patient transported during a helicopter air ambulance operation as defined in 135 601 b 1 when wearing a life preserver would be inadvisable for medical reasons An approved and installed 406 MHz emergency locator transmitter ELT with 121 5 MHz homing capability Autorotational distance refers to the distance a rotorcraft can travel in autorotation as described by the manufacturer in the approved Rotorcraft Flight Manual Shoreline means that area of the land adjacent to the water of an ocean sea lake pond river or tidal basin that is above the high water mark at which a rotorcraft could be landed safely This does not include land areas which are unsuitable for landing such as vertical cliffs or land intermittently under water Now that all passengers and crew are required to wear an FAA approved life vest

    Original URL path: http://www.switlik.com/blog/new-faa-helicopter-operational-requirements-do-they-affect-you (2016-04-26)
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