Unsecured baggage can cause serious injury. Many
operators do not permit carry-on baggage in the cabin-
check with your pilot to find out if it is permitted, and if
so, where the approved stowage areas are. Check with
your pilot before packing or carrying gases, corrosives,
aerosols, flammable liquids, explosives (including
ammunition), poisons, magnetic materials or any other
material or substance of which you are uncertain.
Carrying certain dangerous goods or hazardous materials
on board a seaplane is illegal.
Seat belt operation
Make sure it fits tight around your hips at all times, and
always use the shoulder harness when available. Practice
locating and releasing the latch with both hands and your
eyes closed until you are confident you could do so in an
Locate the exit in relation to your left or right knee. If the
exit is on your right while upright then it will still be on
your right in the event the seaplane comes to rest
inverted. No matter how disorienting an accident, as long
as your seat belt is fastened, your relationship to the
exit(s) remains the same. Be familiar with your
surroundings so you can find your way to an exit, even
with your eyes closed.
Exit locations and operation
Ensure you know the location of, and how to use, all
exits. The method of opening an exit may be different
from one seaplane to another, and even within the same
aircraft. Ask the pilot if you can practice opening the
exit(s) before engine start up.
Know the location of all on-board safety and survival
equipment, including the emergency locator transmitter
(ELT), survival kit and equipment, first aid kit, oxygen
and fire extinguisher. See the safety features card for
Check with your pilot for restrictions on the use of
electronic devices. Typically, devices that are permitted
Life preserver location and operation
Locate yours! Know how to reach it, how to put it on and
how to inflate it. Seaplanes are required to carry life
preservers or personal flotation devices (PFD) for every
occupant. Check with your pilot to see if the life preserver
NEVER INFLATE IT WHILE IN THE AIRCRAFT.
may not be used during the take-off and landing phases.