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Emergency Equipment

The following list of equipment is a required "minimum" prescribed by Alaska Statute (AS 02.35.110. Emergency Rations and Equipment).

Additional gear "specific" to the Alaskan environment is encouraged.

Alaska law requires that no pilot may make a flight in Alaska without carrying emergency equipment.

This equipment includes:
• Food for each person in the aircraft sufficient to maintain life for two weeks.
• One ax or hatchet
• One first aid kit
• One pistol, revolver, shotgun, or rifle and ammunition as appropriate. This is for use in food gathering. protection. and to attract attention of rescue aircraft or vehicles.
• One small gill net and an assortment of tackle such as hooks, flies, lines, and sinkers.
• One knife
• Two small boxes of matches
• One mosquito headnet for each person.
• Two small signaling devices, such as colored smoke bombs, signal mirrors, railroad flares, or Very pistol shells stored in sealed metal containers. 
In addition, the following are required for winter travel, October through April.

• One pair snowshoes
• One sleeping bag
• One woolen blanket for each serson

You may be asked about your survival gear when filing a flight plan, but the responsibility for having it on board the aircraft is the pilot's. Complete information on survival gear and basic requirements are contained in the Alaska Supplement under the section "General Notices, General Information on Flying to Alaska (Civil)".

There is no way to tell an emergency locator beacon (ELT) test signal from the real thing. If you need to test an ELT, please restrict it to 3 sweeps during the first five minutes of the hour. If you need to make a prolonged test, take the beacon to a radio shop where it can be shielded to avoid undesired emissions.

Pilots should monitor the 121.5 emergency frequency at all times, but especially after landing to verify the ELT on board the aircraft has not been accidentally activated.