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The last flight leg of the Great African Air Safari takes the pilots out over open water. While DHC Beavers are often used as floatplanes, the Safari planes have landing gear. Although the flight plan will take them close to the shore, there are some inherent risks for these types of flights. Here are some of the ICAO guidelines for over water flying safety:
What do you think is the most important safety device that you should have on an over the water flight?
Pilots that fly over water often go through underwater egress training. Here is an example of this type of training:
Hop aboard our simulators on May 30 at 3:00PM and practice over water flights while we land at Port Alfred Airport.