Be Safe With S.A.F.E. Training

Do you fly a fixed wing aircraft or a helicopter over water? Have you ever wondered what would happen if you had to ditch? Do you believe that your survival chances when ditching a light aircraft or helicopter are minimal?

Improving your odds of survival in a water based aircraft incident begins with AES.

The S.A.F.E. course will give you and your flight crew the tools and confidence to have a far better chance of surviving a water impact crash. Reports from aviation publications state that 90% of people that end up in the water while flying, drowned needlessly. This indicates that they survived the impact but succumbed to drowning when they did not exit the aircraft.

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TSB calls for egress training and shoulder harnesses to improve survivability in floatplane accidents

The TSB is making two recommendations aimed at improving the odds that anyone who survives a floatplane crash will get out alive. "In an emergency, you only have seconds to orient yourself and escape and the right training can make the difference between life and death. Pilots with underwater egress training stand a better chance of helping themselves and their passengers survive," said TSB Chair Wendy Tadros. "Another thing that will help immeasurably is shoulder harnesses. Too many passengers survive a floatplane crash only to drown because they have suffered some kind of head trauma and can't get out of the aircraft."

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*** Dry Egress Training is Now Online ***

Dry Egress

AES now offers our ground school training online. In 3 hours your able to receive our classroom portion of Egress Training over a 30 day period at your convenience, then attend Wet Egress Training at one of our pool facilities across Canada completing your in water Egress Training in a half day.

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Special Discount on Insurance for COPA Members

COPA Members that receive Egress Training with AVIATION EGRESS SYSTEMS are now being offered up to 10% off their premium. Read more about the offer HERE (pdf).

Bryan Webster on The Aviators

We will be featured in and episode on The Aviators scheduled for broadcast February 9th 2012 at 8pm. Check your local listings for your area.


Bryan Webster Wins the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award

Article reprinted with permission from the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Newsletter TP 185E Issue 3/2007 article available online here

Mr. Bryan Webster of Victoria, B.C., has received the 2007 Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award for his exceptional commitment to underwater egress training for pilots and passengers. The award was presented to Mr. Webster on May 1, at the 19th annual Canadian Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS) in Gatineau, Que.

Bryan Webster (left) receiving his award from Marc Grégoire, Assistant Deputy Minister, Safety and Security.

Mr. Webster has accumulated over 11,000 hr of flying time in 35 different aircraft types over a 25-year commercial pilot career that includes bush flying, air ambulance, corporate flying and single-pilot IFR cargo flights. Being a ditching survivor himself in 1977, as a passenger in a Cessna 150, Mr. Webster was instrumental in not only saving his own life, but also the life of the unconscious pilot. He understood early the dangers associated with such a life-threatening situation because he had experienced first-hand the cold rush of water, the panic of disorientation, and the extreme difficulty of evacuating a dark, inverted and sinking aircraft.

After reading about a series of ditching fatalities across Canada in the mid-1990s, in which many had survived the initial impact, but later drowned, Mr. Webster took it upon himself to start an inexpensive underwater egress training program to help better prepare pilots and passengers on how to survive such a traumatic event. He designed specialized equipment to be effective and portable, and travelled across Canada to reach those unable to attend his training program locally in Victoria.

Emergency underwater egress training has proven to dramatically improve survival rates, and Mr. Webster’s program has been featured in several prominent aviation magazines. With his recent book, Survival Guide to Ditching an Aircraft, and his monthly column in COPA Flight magazine, he has been able to promote and demystify this field with such impact and effectiveness that other companies have followed his lead to provide this essential training to even more people. He is rewarded by countless letters of testimony from grateful aviation enthusiasts, both from the private and commercial worlds, who all confirm that 'Bry the Dunker Guy' has made an outstanding impact on Canadian aviation safety.