types of life preservers and associated
Life preservers are worn by personnel on overwater
flights and by flight deck personnel. The life preservers
function is to keep you afloat until you can reach a raft
or until a rescue team arrives. To prevent malfunction,
you must have proper inspection, maintenance, and
handling of life preservers.
Life preservers are safe, comfortable, and easy to
wear. They provide enough buoyancy to support you if
you have to bail out, ditch from an aircraft, or fall off the
ship into the water. Life preservers are rapidly inflated
with a compressed CO2 cartridge. If this fails, they also
have an oral inflation device. Accessory survival items
may be attached, depending upon the type of preserver.
You must be familiar with the donning, fitting, care,
and operation of your life preserver. If you have to eject
or ditch, you may spend several minutes or several days
in the water. A properly inflated preserver will help you
to survive. When you are rescued or reach your raft,
keep the life preserver on and inflated in case the raft
capsizes or deflates.
LIFE PRESERVER PASSENGER (LPP)
The LPP assembly (fig. 11-11) is used by combat
helicopter crews and passengers. The assembly con-
sists of a single-compartment yoke-type flotation
DISTRESS SIGNAL LIGHT
DISTRESS SIGNAL LIGHT BATTERY
Figure 11-11.LPP assembly.