mattcob Posted March 11, 2007 Report Share Posted March 11, 2007 i feel i have to say that having been through an experience like the crash on thursday that myself and ivan had, i cannot reitterate enough the importance of wearing a helmet, even for civilian flights/missions, i do feel that the civil sector is very slow to encourage pilots to wear a helmet, and it should start at school level, just introducing them to pilots so they dont feel silly when they wear them, even if its just when a student starts auto training but something should be mentioned, i also believe that there really is nothing said about personal investment in a simple survival vest, just because we are not military does not mean that if we go down we shouldnt have enough stuff to last 24hrs out in the field before hopefully somebody can find us. I am lucky that the crash we had was close to where people were living and we had many witnesses and we only came down from about 30-40 ft, however the story could have been very different and it gave me a great sense of confidence to know that we had it covered if something worse had happend, a spare handheld radiotransceiver, a foil blanket, and some oatmeal bars and water dont take up much room and could easily be the difference between life and death( i take it for granted we all carry first aid!!!) After something like this happens it does wake you up to reality and we should all learn from it, i read on this forum about people we all get to know passing away due to accidents and even those we dont know which we see on the news, but just maybe if we all upped our awareness on safety just a fraction each maybe some of the accidents would not be fatal, it is something we will never know but its always better to try harder The whole point of this website i feel is to share and learn from each others experiences, i personally feel if i can make just one pilot think to himself"i should really wear a helmet doing what i do" that it has been worth it!! once again thanks for the concern for marpat its funny but you all dont feel like a bunch of strangers anymore!! blue skies mattcob Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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