checked out and become thoroughly familiar with the
necessary safety equipment and applicable safety
procedures. Before the flight, you should arrive at the
aircraft or briefing area in sufficient time for the
preflight brief. The main responsibility of the pilot is
to fly you and your photographic equipment to the
of the aircraft and what procedures to follow in an
emergency. Ask the pilot about emergency plans and
FOLLOW this advice.
in Navy aircraft. The equipment is designed to protect
them from the elements and to provide necessary
comfort for efficient mission performance. Its primary
function is to protect a crew member against the
environmental hazards. Different combinations of
clothing and equipment are used to provide overall
protection and comfort to an air crew member under
protection and camouflage with various other escape
and evasion design features. Emphasis is placed on
developing materials and clothing assemblies to
enhance an individual's chance of survival and to
minimize injuries in an aircraft accident.
type of aircraft in which you will be flying. The
squadron-, intermediate-, or depot-level maintenance
activities can provide you with the required equipment.
EQUIPMENT and the equipment must fit you correctly.
Your life may depend on it.
equipment by individual crew members
could create safety hazards. NATOPS
General Flight and Operating Instructions,
OPNAVINST 3710.7, specifies minimum
requirements for such equipment and is
supplemented by the naval air training and
operating procedures standardization
Peculiar configurations or modifications to
life support and survival equipment are not
authorized. Aircrew Survival Equipment-
man (PR) who issue and maintain this
equipment have no authority or
responsibility to perform these actions, so
do not ask them to do so.
such as a hand-held camera and exposure meter, hold
them in your lap. Tie-down straps or passenger seat
belts provide a means of securing bulky equipment. If
you cannot find the means to secure your equipment on
captain or another crew member. During flights in a
helicopter, keep all photo gear secure. This will prevent
it from falling out an open door. It is a violation of
When working in or leaning out of an open door or
window in an aircraft, you should use a neck strap or
wrist strap to secure your camera and other items.
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