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ASI NEWS

BY ALICIA HERRON

KEEPING THE ODDS IN YOUR FAVOR
IN SURVIVAL SCENARIOS, LUCK AND HOPE HAVE LITTLE TO DO WITH A POSITIVE OUTCOME

NO ONE LIKES TO CONSIDER THE UNWELCOME POSSIBILITY OF A FORCED OFF-AIRPORT LAND-

ing-and the potential survival situation to follow. But as you transition from student to pilot in
command, it is your job to prepare for the chance that one day you and your passengers may be
in a survival scenario, with only your preparation, training, and creativity to keep you all alive.
The choices you make before takeoff can make a big difference when it comes to survival and
rescue. Before cranking the engine, ask yourself if you've done everything possible to mitigate risk.
Here are a few tips to consider that will increase your chances in a post-crash survival scenario.
Worst-case preparation matters. We all fly in different conditions over different terrain
for different reasons, and every flight presents its own credible forced landing scenarios and
risk profiles. There's a misconception that survival planning is only needed for flights over
rough terrain, but rescue after a forced landing in an urban area can take time, too. Planning
your route, having the right clothing, and briefing everyone onboard about where to find and
how to use survival and rescue gear can substantially influence the outcome of any forced landing in your favor.
Communication is critical throughout every flight. The more others know about your
intended flight path and proposed departure and arrival times, the shorter you will likely
await help after an emergency landing. A good flight plan, keeping others in the loop on your
whereabouts, and taking advantage of ATC services can improve your chances of a swift and
successful search and rescue effort. This is true even of local or training flights.
If you choose not to use ATC services, at a minimum let a friend or CFI on the ground know
your plans-you want someone to miss you if you don't get in touch by a certain time. And
taking that into consideration, make sure your ground contact is knowledgeable enough about
aviation to know what next step to take if you become overdue.
Training can determine your fate. Every emergency is different, but good training generally (and predictably) yields better results. Basic survival knowledge and the right equipment
can help you better control your fate, and hands-on training is the best way to go. Seek this
training out before you need it.
Learn more about how you can prepare for the unlikely event of a survival situation after an
off-airport landing with this safety advisor: airsafetyinstitute.org/safetyadvisors/survive.

'THERE I WAS...':
GABRIELLE PALMAS
Not many pilots have
survived a midair collision.
Gabrielle Palmas experienced
one in 2012, while working
on her instrument rating.
Now, years later, as second
in command on a Lear 60,
she tells ASI her story. Listen
to her story and all other
episodes of There I Was...
here: airsafetyinstitute.org/
thereiwas

alicia.herron@aopa.org

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