A number of years ago the FAA in our area decided to sponsor survival training classes. These classes consisted of eating grubs and roots to flashing a mirror. Once the class concluded they asked for comments or questions, One of the old bold pilots asked "why did we invent all these communication devices and helicopters?" "I don't want to survive , I want to get home".
I kinda agree with him. Most pilots have outdoor experience one way or another and can make do with whatever resources they can find. If there is injuries you don't want to do surgery with a buck knife you just want someone to come get everyone.
One other little tip, have the phone number to a local helicopter operator in your cell phone. Do not wait for the Coast or National Guard to show up and rescue. We have had a number of dramatic rescues by the Coast Guard in Alaska that could have been just a simple land, load and fly to the hospital but instead turned into a rescue by the book. Sorry to say, the "By-The_Book" procedures can be more risky and time consuming then just common sense.
Klaus Marx - Piper Pacer Pilot
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