The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has specific requirements for what is required to be carried in an airplane emergency kit. Aircraft aviation schools stress those requirements to be sure that pilots are aware of what is necessary in an airplane emergency kit. However, there are additional items that are not required by the FAA but would be beneficial to include in the emergency kit.
All planes are required to carry adhesive bandages, antiseptic swabs, ammonia inhalants, bandage compresses, triangular bandage compresses, non-inflatable arm and leg cuffs, roller bandages and adhesive tape. In addition, aircraft maintenance schools suggest that planes carry a sphygmomanometer, stethoscope, oropharyngeal airways, syringes, needles, 50 percent dextrose injections, 11000 single dose epinephrine, single dose diphenhydramine HCI injections, nitroglycerin tablets and protective latex gloves. Aircraft aviation schools teach that these items are intended to provide minor first aid treatment for most in-air medical emergencies that may occur, such as allergic reactions, heart attacks and minor cuts or abrasions.
In the event your plane should have to crash-land in a remote area, there are items that should be included in the emergency kit that is beyond the scope of what is taught by aircraft aviation schools. These include fishing nets, mess kits, knives, sewing kits, pocket-sized tissues, solid fuel, water purification tablets, as well as garbage bags, waterproof matches and a flare. All of these items should be included in small commuter airplanes.
If you need any assistance helping you put together your airplane emergency kit, contact Covington Aircraft and we will make sure your bird is up in the air and you are ready for any emergency! Happy Flying!