Blue Water Ditching - A MUST READ For Professional Aviators
Each and every pilot and flight attendant who have read Blue
Water Ditching by Captain
Dave Montgomery walk away with five items they have never thought
With more than 2,700 blue water and polar
crossing flights a day, there has never been a higher need for air crews to be
prepared for a possible disaster. When a catastrophic aircraft failure occurs
over water, there is just no time to plan out the next steps. In order to
successfully turn a potential tragedy into a success story, the air crew must
already have a strategy in place.
While the chances of this type of disaster occurring have dramatically decreased in recent years, all
ocean-crossing air crews still face the possibility of a blue water ditching. In
an age where professional air crews are required to have extraordinarily high
levels of knowledge in numerous specialized fields of aviation techniques,
rules, regulations, and operation procedures, regrettably few are trained in how
to prepare for and properly execute a ditching. While all crew members are
taught how to handle electrical malfunctions, engine failure, and how to exit an
aircraft in case of a water landing, the sad truth remains that the actual
preparation for and execution of a ditching has very rarely been trained from
beginning to end.
However, Captain Dave Montgomeryﾒs
revolutionary new guide, Blue Water Ditching: Training Professional Crewmembers
for the Unthinkable Disaster, aims to change all that by filling the vacuum that
previously existed in this area of emergency management. By placing all of the
pertinent data about blue water ditching into the hands of crew members and
addressing the fears, questions, job assignments, and preparations, Captain
Montgomeryﾒs guide is suitable for pilots and crews of all experience levels.
With firsthand accounts, facts, figures, recommendations, checklists,
procedures, and techniques, Blue Water Ditching is the first of its kind to
prepare crew members from preflight planning to emergency touchdown. Advances in
modern aircraft have greatly decreased the chances of this type of disaster over
the past seventy years. While the odds are remote, the air crew is the last line
of defense when the disaster occurs. No pilot is too old or too experienced to
learn a new lesson. With the information in Montgomeryﾒs guide, every air crew
can be properly trained in order to turn tragedy into triumph they ever be
confronted with the necessity of making a ditching.
The Blue Water Ditching Pop Quiz:
It is a simple question...
What are the two most important things to do if you have complete engine failure in a non-radar
This applies to all aircraft... single engine, twin
engine, seven engines... it just does not matter. Yes there are dozens of things
to accomplish: secure engines, descend at correct speed, blah, blah, blah. These
steps take five seconds but can save your life!
These steps are not normally thought of and I bet are not in your 'ditching checklist'.
Probably not even on 'all engine failure checklist', because they normally
happen automatically after the crash.
Answer: (1) ELT - On, and (2) MODE C to 7700.
Now why are these so important? Sattelites
orbit the earth every 100 minutes. Multiple 406MHz hits and everyone is focusing
on YOU! And 7700 because all navies of the world monitor it and who better to
start looking at you than a navy ship?
Buy the book for more great information!
About the Author:
Captain Dave Montgomery has thirty two years of professional flying
experience, with over 8,500 flight hours he has transitioned seventy countries.
In 1981, he joined the United States Air Force after spending his early life as a firefighter and
police officer. In 1991 while serving the US Special Operations Command, he was one of
three pilots for the operational testing and evaluation of the Lake
Seawolf Aircraft. It was during these tests that he gained his
valuable takeoff and landing experience in a myriad of offshore conditions while
operating the Lake Seawolf aircraft. He is among an extremely small percentage
of aviators who intimately know what a pilot can expect when landing offshore.
During his USAF career he also served as a liaison to the Civil
Air Patrol where he learned the ins and outs of the North American
search and rescue system.
After researching this book for
four years , he has compiled many techniques, procedures, facts, figures, and
recommendations into a single guide to prepare a pilot for a possible ditching.
Montgomery retired from the Air Force in 2005 with twenty-four years of service
and currently pilots for NetJets,
the world's largest corporate flight department. He lives near Seattle with his
world adventurer wife and two gifted and beautiful children.