Jet Charter Flight Tips When it Comes to Overwater Operations
The FAA discourages overwater flying if unnecessary to begin with, for obvious reasons. If there is problem with a flight, a pilot can safely land an aircraft even under many emergency situations if he/she is operating over solid ground and the right terrain.
That said, there are still times however when overwater flying is either required or the far more convenient flight path. â€œExtended overwater flyingâ€ with respect to private charter aircraft (other than helicopters) refers to any operation over water at a horizontal distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the nearest shoreline.
If a flight must go overwater, part 135 section 167 says that the aircraft must have approved life preservers for everyone on board, each equipped with a survivor locator light and in an easy-accessible location for passengers. Then there must be enough approved life rafts with the capacity to accommodate everyone onboard, along with some basic emergency survival gear such as a magnetic compass, a signaling mirror and police whistle.
If an aircraft does NOT have these items, part 135 section 183 says that any land-based aircraft operated overwater must be at an altitude high enough that it could reach land in case of an engine failure; in other words, high enough that it could â€œglideâ€ to land. Thus not having this required gear means that a charter flight might have to take a far longer route to reach its destination than an aircraft which does – as it cannot take the most direct line to certain destinations but must instead follow the coastline.
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