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Surviving the Crash

This morning a little girl is lucky to be alive after her and her father went down in a small aircraft this weekend. She came out in good condition with only minor injuries. Unfortunately her daddy did not survive.

One of my fears is going down in an aircraft with Abby. We train so that we know what to do if something happens to me.

One of my fears is going down in an aircraft with Abby. We train so that we know what to do if something happens to me.

As a private pilot who travels with his daughter, this is the scenario that scares me. Often where we fly, we do not have cell reception like they did in this weekend’s case. Often, a survivor of back country aircraft accidents are  seriously injured and do not have immediate means for reaching the outside world. In many cases even if in cell range, phones are either lost, trapped, or damaged upon impact.

Abby and I have trained specifically for this scenario. Not only do we keep a survival kit in the plane, but each of us has a PSK (Personal Survival Kit) on us, so that if we or one of us escapes with just what we have on us- we have as a minimum the basics to survive. In addition, Adventure IQ offers aviation specific training to back country pilots and FREE training to General Aviation (non-commercial rated) Pilots. All they have to do is book with us.

Hard skills are just part of it. We also train the best we can for PMA- Positive Mental Attitude- this means training by herself on cold, wet, and rainy days with me observing from a distance.

Hard skills are just part of it. We also train the best we can for PMA- Positive Mental Attitude- this means training by herself on cold, wet, and rainy days with me observing from a distance.

We have the basics of what goes into a kit here.

For the PSK- it should be small and compact. A fly fishing vest is a great place to store all this stuff. Propper even has a tactical vest that we have been using in the back country for close to a year now and holds a decent amount of gear comfortably.

This is a sad case and hope my kiddo never ha s to face it. If you fly, please book training with us for both you and your family.

Here is the original article from this weekend’s crash

Passing of an Icon

I am not a believer I the adage “at least they died doing what they loved.” In fact I will throw the BS flag on this. I will chalk it up there with other non-sense such as “better to have loved and lost than not loved at all” and “all battle is glory”. I don’t believe in the final moments of tragedy anyone who embraces life to the fullest, feels that in any way. I love kayaking, but when it almost took my life 5-years ago, thoughts were with my wife and daughter and I was moments from never seeing again.

Sorry to start this blog off on such a negative tone, but I am dealing with the shock of loss. It is a sad day in the world of adventure. Someone I admired and had even worked on a few projects for, died this morning. Steve Appleton, a terrific CEO and a model for adventurers everywhere was killed in a small plane accident. I admit this is tough to swallow not only because I admired Steve, but as a pilot we all share a since of loss when we lose a fellow aviator. Steve had a passion for life and adventure. He raced motor cycles, baja cars, was a stunt pilot, and other incredible accomplishments.

Being in the world of adventure there is always a chance that someone will not return from something perceived as “risk”.  Not for a moment would I want to change myself or anyone else who is honestly adventurous and does things outside the norm. A great adventurer that will be missed. Yes, simply rambling at the moment.