Frequent travelers know that pre-flight safety briefings can vary. There are different procedures for prop aircraft, float planes, jets, helicopters and so forth. That’s just one reason to follow along before your flight as the pilot details the emergency protocols and reviews the safety features of your aircraft.
In the video above, Justin Shoffner goes over the safety features on the DHC-3 Otter prior to a flightseeing trip at Rust’s Flying Service. It was a beautiful day at Lake Hood in Anchorage–and everyone got a bunch of great photos!
1. Ask for the Safety Briefing before your flight.Â And hereâ€™s the kicker:Â PAY ATTENTIONÂ while the pilot reviews the safety features of the aircraft and the emergency procedures.
2. Accept cancellations or delays.Â Câ€™mon folks: nobody likes bad weather or last-minute fix jobs on the airplane. But yield to the pilot. Just like you, the pilot wants to make it back safe and sound.
3. Wear appropriate clothing.Â This is huge. Baggy shorts, tank top and sandals is NOT the perfect ensemble for remote flying, fashion notwithstanding. Think â€œlayersâ€ and sturdy, comfy shoes.
4. Donâ€™t ask the pilot to fly lower.Â I know this seems like â€œcommon senseâ€. But even if you see wildlife orÂ an interesting landmark, let the pilot determine the best, safest altitude.
5. Donâ€™t ask the pilot to exceed weight limits.Â I knowâ€“you packed for TWO WEEKS, with a pair of shoes for each day. FORGET IT! Small aircraft are not designed for big loads. Thereâ€™s no overhead binâ€“and every pound matters. Your air carrier will offer guidance on how much you can bring along.Â Donâ€™t push it.