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Minimum Required Survival Equipment for a Flight in Canada


1. Canadian required emergency equipment includes:

  • food having a calorific value of at least 10,000 calories per person carried, not subject to deterioration by heat or cold and stored in a sealed waterproof container bearing a tag or label on which the operator of the aircraft or his representative has certified the amount and satisfactory condition of the food in the container following an inspection made not more than six months prior to the flight

Minimum Required Survival Equipment for Canada

  • cooking utensils

  • matches in a waterproof container

  • a stove and a supply of fuel or a self-contained means of providing heat for cooking when operating north of the tree line

  • a portable compass

  • an axe of at least 2 ½ lbs or one kilogram weight with a handle of not less than 28 inches or 70 centimeters in length

  • a flexible saw blade or equivalent cutting tool

  • snare wire of at least 30 feet and instructions for use

  • fishing equipment including still fishing bait and a gill net of not more than a 2 inch mesh

  • mosquito nets or netting and insect repellant sufficient to meet the needs of all persons carried when operating in an area where insects are likely to be hazardous

  • tents or engine and wing covers of suitable design and color, or having panels colored in international orange or other high visibility color, sufficient to accommodate all persons carried when operating north of the tree line

  • winter sleeping bags sufficient in quantity to accommodate all persons carried when operating in an area where the mean daily temperature is likely to be 7 degrees C or less

  • two pairs of snow shoes when operating in areas where the ground snow cover is likely to be 12 inches or more

  • a signaling mirror

  • at least 3 pyrotechnic distress signals

  • a sharp jackknife or hunting knife of good quality

  • a suitable survival instruction manual

  • a conspicuity panel

Further to the equipment above, the following additional items are suggested:

  • spare axe handle

  • honing stone or file

  • ice chisel

  • snow knife or snow saw-knife

  • snow shovel

  • flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries

  • a pack sack

  • firearms are carried at the operators discretion

Note: However, if it is proposed to carry firearms in an aircraft as additional emergency equipment the operator should be aware that hand held pistols, revolvers, etc., known as small arms, and fully automatic weapons are not authorized to be carried or worn in Canada. (Know this and the remainder of this regulation thoroughly before entering Canada with a firearm.)


The above information is excerpted from the 8/8/2002 issue of the Alaska Supplement published by the U.S. DOT, FAA and the National Aeronautical Charting Office. The Alaska Supplement is the Alaska version of the Airport Facility Directory (A/FD) which is printed for the Southern 48 U.S. States. All information should be verified current and accurate by the owner/operator prior to use.



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