Best Practices for ‘Blue Water’ Ditching Presented at VBACE


New technologies helping to increase aircraft safety over open water.

According to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), there are about 2,700 flights that cross the world’s oceans every day. When you’re halfway between continents and your airplane suffers an in-flight emergency, sometimes the only option is to ditch in the angry ocean below. Surviving this kind of “blue water ditching” was the subject of a virtual education session at last week’s NBAA Virtual Business Aviation Conference and Exposition (VBACE).

NBAA put together a panel of experts for a discussion on planning, preparation, and survival that included session moderator Paul Scurio, an international captain with Netflix, Dave Montgomery, author of Blue Water Ditching, and Sean Patrick, general manager of oceanic operations with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

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