waist lobe is equipped with a snap hook. The left lobe is
equipped with a D-ring. The snap hook and D-ring are
used to secure the waist lobes together after inflation.
Each collar lobe is equipped with a snap hook for
attachment to the survival vest.
rubber-coated nylon cloth and protects the flotation
assembly. The casing assembly consists of the
adjustable casing, an adjustable webbing belt, and the
front connector assembly. The webbing belt keeper
loops retain the webbing belt. They also allow
attachment of the survival vest around the wearer's
Survival Item Pouches
The survival item pouches attach to the lower
casing assembly with snap hooks. The pouches contain
two dye markers and two Mk 13 Mod 0 or the Mk 124
(day/night) distress signal flares. Carrying the survival
item pouches is optional; however, when the pouches
are not used, the dye markers and flares will be
contained in the SV-2 series survival vest.
FLIGHT DECK INFLATABLE LIFE
The flight deck inflatable life preserver (fig. 11-17)
is NOT a piece of aviation survival equipment. It must
NEVER be substituted for an LPP or LPU life
preserver. The flight deck inflatable life preserver is
worn by all flight deck, aviation maintenance, and
ordnance personnel. This preserver is mandatory flight
deck safety equipment.
The flight deck inflatable life preserver is a
two-piece unit that consists of a single-compartment
inflatable bladder and a cloth outer garment.
The inflatable bladder is inflated by pulling the
toggled lanyard that is attached to a dual CO2 inflation
assembly or by an oral inflation tube. Overinflation is
prevented by a pressure-relief valve diaphragm. The
bladder will support 29 pounds of buoyancy.
The cloth outer garment is constructed of cotton
fabric. It is available in a variety of colors used to
identify the carrier/flight deck personnel occupational
fields. Cloth reflective tape is sewn to each shoulder
area to aid in the location of a wearer at night. Each vest
is equipped with pouches that contain a distress light
marker, whistle, and sea dye marker.
The shipboard Planned Maintenance System
requirements for the flight deck inflatable life
Q11-8. How many ways can the LPP life preserver be
Q11-9. How many pounds of buoyancy will the flight
deck life preserver support?
Q11-10. What is the purpose of the different colors for
the flight deck life preserver?
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Identify the
types of life rafts and common survival kit
Naval aircraft that make operational flights over
water are required to carry enough life rafts to carry all
the assigned crew plus passengers. Life rafts are
manufactured in various sizes and configurations to
meet the demands of all types of aircraft.
Pneumatic life rafts are compact assemblies that
can be stowed in a small area. They should be stowed so
they are easy to get to, preferably near an emergency
exit. Never stow a life raft under other equipment or
cargo or near batteries. Protect them from sources of
heat such as heaters, engines, auxiliary power units, and
If the aircraft flight manual designates a storage
place for rafts, this space should be used. Whenever
possible, stow rafts in the same places in all aircraft of
the same model. This allows new crewmen to know the
location of the rafts, and thus avoid confusion in the
event of a ditching situation.
Figure 11-17.Flight deck life preserver.