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Mustang Rescue Stick Aims to Hit the Mark

Anyone who has ever tried to toss a person in the water a life ring or similar flotation device, knows it’s not easy and accuracy is an iffy proposition. There have been a number of products developed over the years to address that and now Mustang Survival has tossed their Rescue Stick into the [...]

VIKING RescYou Life Rafts Recalled

VIKING has issued a Safety Recall for some of their  RescYou and top of the line self-righting RescYou Pro life rafts. A fault in the pressure relief valves could result in an inflation failure or partial inflation. Only certain serial numbers of the life rafts are included.
The VIKING web site includes instructions on [...]

ACR Introduces MicroFix 406 Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)

Finally, I can publicly announce one of the worst kept secrets in the business, the new ACR Electronics MicrOFix 406 Personal Locator Beacon. (Click photo for larger image) It was introduced at SHOT Show this morning.
ACR claims this is the world’s smallest [...]

New Year Marks End for 121.5 MHz EPIRBs

For all the boaters out there, the new year marks the end of your legal use of 121.5 MHz EPIRBs. While satellite processing of 121.5 MHz distress signals doesn’t end until February, 2009, the U.S. Coast Guard wisely, in my opinion, got ahead of the issue by prohibiting the use of these dinosaurs effective January [...]

Digital Angel acquires McMurdo

Interesting tidbit of news today from the very small world of 406 MHz distress beacons:
Digital Angel Corporation Acquires Assets of McMurdo Marine Electronics Business
McMurdo Acquisition Solidifies Digital Angel’s Position as Leading Global Provider of Emergency Locator Beacons
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Digital Angel Corporation (Amex: DOC) announced today that Signature Industries, its London-based subsidiary, has entered [...]

Lessons Learned from the Kim Family

The Kim family’s survival story and the tragedy of the loss of the father has captured the attention of the nation this past week. Even at the funeral for an old and dear friend, it crept into the conversation and I was asked questions about it. I take no joy in having correctly predicted the [...]

Exploding Lithium Flashlight Batteries?

I was answering questions from the audience during my recent AOPA Expo seminar, “Equipping Yourself to Survive – Personal Survival Gear for Pilots” when I was asked about exploding lithium batteries in view of my point that I recommend non-rechargeable lithium batteries over alkaline in survival gear like flashlights. I recommend them because they have [...]

SHOT Show 2007 – We Need Your Help!

Equipped To Survive coverage of SHOT Show, with our focus on the latest Knives, Flashlights and interesting new Gear, has been one of our most popular efforts (see last year’s report), generates a lot of traffic for ETS and we often scoop everyone else with our timely coverage. This year SHOT Show is in [...]

Rescue Laser Flare Records Another Save

I received the email below from Jim O’Meara at Greatland Laser who invented and manufactures the Rescue Laser Flare distress signaling devices. While it’s a business, like many of us Jim got into this business to save lives, so an email like this is the sort of thing that makes it all worthwhile:
(An old ETS [...]

A Bush Pilot’s Survival Knife to AVOID!

Just opened up the latest Sporty’s catalog to see them selling a hollow handled “Bush Pilot’s Survival Knife” (October 2006, page 58). I know a lot of pilots think highly of Sporty’s and thus might be tempted to purchase simply because it is in the Sporty’s catalog, so I thought it best [...]