Required Survival Gear
The following list of equipment is MANDATORY and MUST be aboard your aircraft during every flight to, from, or within the Bahamas
- One Coast Guard-approved life vest for every occupant on board the aircraft.
- One two-way communication radio.
- All other equipment required for the operation of your aircraft in the U.S.
Suggested Survival Gear
The following items are not mandatory; however, it is strongly suggested that they be included as basic equipment for over water flights:
Other items to include:
- EPIRB — see following information
- One Coast Guard-approved life vest for every occupant – preferably with light or personal locator beacon.
- One life raft sufficient to carry the occupants of the aircraft.
- One VHF Marine band radio.
- One Aviation band radio (hand held).
- Portable GPS with spare batteries.
These additional items would also be useful:
- One compass
- Six flares (day/night aerial are preferable)
- One waterproof flashlight/spare batteries
- One signal mirror (unbreakable)
- One first aid kit
- Waterproof matches
- Portable strobe light
- The current Bahamas & Caribbean Pilot’s Guide
- Copy of Jimmy Buffett’s book, A Pirate Looks at Fifty
- Flare gun and flares
- Smoke bombs
- Water dye markers
- Temporary shelter
- Water still
- Cable saw
- Plastic film 6x6x1 mil thick
- Nylon string
- Aluminum foil
- Drinking container
- Fishing kit
- Additional first aid supplies
- Plastic tape
- Insect repellent
- Shark repellent
- Sunscreen lotion
- Mosquito netting
- Pain, salt, water purification pills
- Food and water sufficient for 2-3 days/per person
- Knife/razor and blades