Comments From Our Survival Class Participants & Customers
"For small kits, we like the AST's overwater fanny pack. It's inexpensive, practical, and because you can wear it, there's no chance it will be left behind. The pack has room for adding personal items and a Personal Locator Beacon, an addition we think every owner should consider". "Aviation Survival Technologies offers the ideal overwater kit". The Aviation Consumer
Very friendly and professional service, good prices and immediate delivery. It was a pleasure to carry on the Business with Aviation Survival Technologies. I will recommanded AST for all questions about life vests and life rafts.
Philipp Graber, Niederdorf Switzerland
Extremely satisfied with the level of service from Randy and his Team. Called with a last minute “mission impossible” request. He confirmed he could meet our very tight timing and he delivered on his word. Many thanks Randy!"
San Juan, Puerto Rico
j'étais à la recherche d'un canot de sauvetage à la fois léger et utilisable en pleine mer. J'ai découvert sur le site Switlik le modèle ISPLR parfaitement adapté à mon besoin, mais pour des raisons techniques et par manque de support je n'ai pas pu placer ma commande à partir de la France. En poursuivant ma recherche je suis tombé sur le site Aviation & Marine Survival Technologies où pour les mêmes raisons techniques ma commande ne passait toujours pas. Par contre, j'ai trouvé sur ce site un interlocuteur qui s'est véritablement impliqué. Randy me donnait l'impression d'être un ami, plus qu'un vendeur et ses conseils m'ont finalement permis de contourner mon problème et d'obtenir mon canot dans les temps. Je ne peux que fortement conseiller ce site pour sa compétence et son amabilité. Merci Randy
I was looking for a lifeboat both lightweight and usable at sea. I discovered on the site Switlik ISPLR the model perfectly suited to my needs, but for technical reasons and lack of support I could not place my order from France. Continuing my research I came across the website Aviation & Marine Survival for the same technical reasons my order still not happening. For cons, I found this site an interlocutor who is truly involved. Randy made me feel like a friend than a seller and advice finally allowed me to bypass my problem and get my boat in time. I can only highly recommend this site for its competence and friendliness. Thank you Randy!
Gabriel Ober, Moselle, France
It's always refreshing to order survival equipment from Randy at AST. He's extremely knowledgeable and highly experienced in the field of search and rescue and survival techniques. He's always steered me and my company, Windward Aviation in the right direction to exactly meet our needs for survival equipment and the limitations we must overcome in the small aircraft ferrying environment.
You'll not only find what you need with AST, but Randy will help you refine your safety parameters and provide you with the hardware to get your job done safely and with peace of mind.
Captain at Trans-Exec
"George, David, and I, all found it very enlightening. We now feel much more confident that we will have a fighting chance if we ever have to put our new skills to use".
I first dealt with Aviation Survival Technologies a few years ago when I ordered a Winslow raft and other survival gear from AST. At the time, I was preparing for a family vacation trip to Alaska and back in my plane. AST’s owner, Randy Boone, was immensely helpful in identifying what I needed -- and equally important, what I didn’t need -- drawing on the knowledge accumulated from his career in the Coast Guard and his subsequent industry experience. As my trips and needs changed over the years, I bought a few more items from AST from time to time. I have always been impressed by Randy’s availability to his customer, his willingness to provide advice no matter how small the purchase, the depth of practical knowledge he willingly shares and his commitment to customer service.
I reached out to Randy again recently as I prepared for my biggest trip to date – flying my single engine plane around the world. He again counseled his thoughts on the equipment needed and went to great pains and additional cost to assure the resulting order was delivered as expected. Because of the long overwater legs, I and my friends joining me on part of the trip elected to take Randy’s water survival class. The class was an eye opener. I had not previously appreciated many of the challenges involved in deploying a raft after ditching, boarding a raft from the water, being found by searchers and surviving a rescue. Experiencing first-hand getting into the raft (even if only in a pool), and hearing Randy share his very practical suggestions for how to increase the chances of survival, made the investment worthwhile. My friends and I obtained a measure of confidence that I believe will prove invaluable should we ever need to put those skills and knowledge to use. Highly recommended!
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Randy demonstrates the perfect combination of deep knowledge, based on experience and a very high level of customer focus. I rely on his sound advice and quality service for all my emergency equipment needs.
H. Janzen Cherry Hills, CO
First, thank you for the time and attention you provided in helping me make a selection of the gear that fit my situation and the extra help getting everything set up when I received it. Unusually good customer service, and from an expert as well. The AST pack is great, small, but containing all the things I hope I don't need. I spent much time trying to figure out he best way to decide on and configure survival gear. You were a great help in bringing the process to conclusion. I am convinced that I want my survival gear attached to me so that I know I will have it if I ditch. The size/configuration of the AST kit is great.
Our recommendation to all pilots and significant others that fly with them, is to take the AST Offshore Survival Class!
No pilot ever wants to think of the possibility of having to ditch their aircraft. Randy's class teaches you what you will need to know if you should have to ditch. Are you carrying the proper equipment to ensure that you'll have the best chance of survival? Are you prepared mentally and physically for what could happen and what you will be required to do for a successful egress and survival stay?
We discovered that, even though we thought we were prepared better than most for a ditching scenario, we had some short fallings that may have prevented a successful outcome. We were also surprised to find how difficult it was to get into the liferaft in the swimming pool. "I can only imagine what it would be like in the open ocean". Randy demonstrated several methods to board the liferaft and even talked about how to stow the liferaft in the aircraft and how to bring it out in a hurry. We even learned a neat trick to keep the a/c door propped open by placing a headset on the following edge of the opened door. Our recommendation to all pilots and significant others that fly with them is to take this course, even if you come away learning only one thing that can save your life or the lives of your passengers.
Bob & Sue Snyder (Both Pilots)
Thanks again for your presentation of “Survival in Florida” on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at Showalter Flying Services in Orlando at our Annual Corporate Safety Seminar. Your stories and examples from 23 years of U.S. Coast Guard experience added great validity to the 7 Steps to Survival: Recognition, Inventory, Shelter, Signals, Water, Food and Play. Your pool demonstration of the proper use of life jackets and raft during a survival situation at the Marriott Courtyard pool reception on Friday evening was outstanding and folks will be talking about it for years. This shows that people can have fun and learn at the same time. You put forth the extra effort with each participant to ensure that.
Thanks for being a team player, a leader, and tremendous positive influence and active supporter of aviation safety. We look forward to working with you on more projects and presentations.
Obie S. Young, President NASF
The National Aviation Safety Foundationis a support group whose objective is to enhance aviation safety through educational programs at designated facilities. During the year we provide extensive support for projects, perform safety seminars, and provide a wide dissemination of safety related information to all interested parties.
Florida Aviation Network
Pacific Northwest Flying Forum, Posted by: Steven Rhine
Review ISPLR Raft & AST Survival Atlantic Kit.
Randy knows his stuff when it comes to what you need to have in case of an emergency onboard an airplane. His counsel and advice certainly served me well in the one incident I was involved in. Randy Boone's sage words helped me and my family survive. I carry his equipment on my airplane today. I consider it a good insurance policy that I hope I never have to use."
Amy Laboda, Editor in Chief, Aviation For Women Magazine
In preparation for a flight across the North Atlantic, I purchased a Winslow Aviation Liferaft, Stearns Rapid Rescue Extreme Ensembles, Revere life vests, AST TA-2 Survival Pack, and ACR AquaLink View from Randy. As part of my research, I read everything I could find comparing one brand or feature set with another. Nothing was as helpful as Randy’s background and experience and his patient responses to my many questions. He worked with the manufacturers to get the right combination of equipment in the right sizes delivered in time for my trip. Fortunately, both crossings were without incident, but I am confident I was as prepared as I could be with the knowledge and equipment provided by AST. –
John and his son Jay ready to board with their Stearns Rapid Rescue Extreme Dry-suit Ensembles on.
I want to Thank you for coming all this way to put on your Survival 101 seminar for us at Admiral's Cove. It was obvious that your seminar woke a lot of people up as to what needs to be done to survive in a marine environment. So many boaters really do not have a clue of what needs to be done in a survival situation and your seminar put us on the right track. You explain the right type of equipment that is best to have and how to use it. I think every boater and pilot that flies over water should participate in your course. We hope we never need to use this information but if we do, it can help save our lives.
Keep up the great work!
Admiral's Cove Yacht Club
I received the AST Overwater Kit last week and had no problem getting both my PLB and VHF radio in it. I hope to never have to use it, but if I do there is no doubt that my chances of survival and rescue have gone up dramatically.
Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions and for putting together such a great product.
Redondo Beach, CA
In 2012 while planning the 2013 Havasu Pocket Cruisers Convention, I was searching for a water safety/survival expert to present a safety seminar. Randy Boone was recommended to me as someone that possessed a unique set of qualifications and abilities that would be exactly what I was looking for.
After contacting Randy about the possibility of having him attend the event and do a presentation, we began a dialogue about small-boat coastal and offshore safety. Immediately it became apparent to me that Randy was the person I needed to get to the event. He and I discussed the unique capabilities, limitations, and risks involved with sailing small boats in challenging conditions. He had access to information and equipment that needs to be introduced to this sport and its participants.
In addition to the equipment and information, Randy has the experience to speak as an authority on the subject. His career in the US Coast Guard brings a level of credibility along with his presentation - as he has “been there, done that” with respect to water rescue situations. He has seen first hand what works and what doesn’t. Years of witnessing rescues that went well, as well as rescues that did not, have given him a first-hand knowledge base to instruct individuals on what to really expect should the unexpected occur. He then takes that to another level by showing them hands-on, in the water, how to give themselves the best chances for survival and rescue.
Randy is in the business of Rescue and Survival training. However, the MOST impressive part of Randy’s presentation is this: Randy truly cares about the folks he is training. His presentation is not sales pitch oriented...it is 100% oriented towards teaching his students how to stay alive and how to get rescued. This demeanor is readily apparent and allows him to engage his students, get them involved, and get real and meaningful training across.
I have no doubt that somewhere down the road…one of our students that participated in Randy’s training will put some or all of it to use. His training has caused me personally to re-evaluate my emergency procedures and to take some key steps to ensure the safety of myself and my loved ones. I cannot recommend Randy’s training highly enough. This training can/will save your life.
Thank You Randy!
The Havasu Pocket Cruisers Convention, Lake Havasu AZ
Many thanks for all your efforts and personal attention in getting me setup and configured. I very much appreciated all the personal attention and your wealth of knowledge and experience on survival matters. It was a great experience doing business with you.
Thank you, P.K. Dallas TX.
I just want to extend my deepest gratitude for the time, energy and effort that you put into helping me with my Stearns suit. Your wealth of knowledge was very reassuring as it helped to guide me in the correct direction for my boyfriend's needs. The best part about the whole experience is actually getting a REAL, LIVE person on the other end of the phone when i called numerous times, that person being YOU!
Rebecca Morrill, NY
"I spoke with a number of people and on-line stores when shopping for survival gear for a family flight to the Bahamas. No one came close to the level of service provided by Aviation Survival Technologies. Randy helped me pick out the appropriate raft, water survival pack, and even talked me out of upgrading my exiting life vests. He said what I had was sufficient and even offered to checkout/test them for free if I paid the shipping! Very knowledgeable, honest, and great service."
I am back from Alaska flying trip. Thanks so much for your great advice and delivery of my survival equipment. I am happy to say we did not use it – but the peace of mind knowing we had the Winslow life-raft with inflatable floor, Switlik life-vests, Alaska survival kit, 406 PLB w/gps, handheld navcom, and strobe light.
Your advice as to getting the right equipment for our purposes was invaluable. We filed all our flight plans with the equipment listed, and our 406 PLB is registered with NOAA, which again, lists the equipment we carry on board all the time now.
All the equipment arrived in good order, professionally packaged, and will provide many safe flights around the Great Lakes where we live. After many hours of looking at various places to get the equipment needed for safe flight – Aviation Survival Technologies is the “GO TO” place to get what you want, great friendly service, expert advice, and competitive prices.
DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT TALKING TO RANDY AT AVIATION SURVIVAL TECHNOLOGIES…
Note: By noting your survival equipment on your flight plan and PLB registration, you will increase your search time by increasing your "probability of detection and survival" factor.
I had to ferry on short notice a Trinidad TB21 single engine plane across the Atlantic from California to France. Randy has provided me highly valued advice, helped me to select the right equipment for the trip, and managed to ship me all the needed survival equipment in a matter of days. Thanks to him, I was able to ferry the plane on time. I want to express my most grateful thanks to Randy for his invaluable help.
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The raft, PLB, and over water survival pouch all arrived and look great. You really went the extra mile - not only by providing so much information over the phone making sure my requirements were met, but also by having the survival kit and PLB all set up and ready to go. I was impressed by the way you tethered elements of the survival kit to the pouch to avoid loss. Without benefit of our discussion I would have bought the wrong raft and paid more. It is rare to combine such top notch service with an unbeatable price - keep up the great work!
Jeff MacDonald, Cary, NC
It was a pleasure having you come to Hot Springs, Arkansas and provide Airborne Air Ambulance with your expertise in survival training. I can’t remember when we’ve had such a great lesson that will ultimately save our lives and the lives of our patients. You stayed on task and on time. Your knowledge was exemplary and you provided real life answers to our questions. I was very impressed with the Winslow liferaft and look forward to acquiring one for our air ambulance operations. Thanks for a great job!!
Respectfully, Terry Hoard, Dir of Operations
I have been shopping for a liferaft for over two years. Yeah, I know that sounds ridiculous, but its the truth. There are so many different raft manufacturers out there, and everyone believes that their raft is the best. On top of that, there are WAY to many options that most people can't even explain the purpose for. The main thing that I really didn't like was that I was having trouble finding someone that was knowledgeable about all the rafts and didn't have a biased opinion about one. When I found Randy, I found exactly what I was looking for. He was knowledgeable about the rafts on the market, and supplied the material I needed to make a educated decision on my purchase. Not to mention the best prices I could find anywhere, and the great one on one customer service you need when purchasing something of this nature.
Thanks again Randy!
Clayton Ludington, Central California
We are at the close of the 2005 Treasure Hunt, which again, has been well received. Thank you for bringing a new touch to the meaning of aviation survival.
It is amazing that in the period of time that you demonstrated the survival skills and inflated the life-raft, you changed for each of us, the understanding and the perspective of survival at sea following the ditching of a private plane.
Your intimate knowledge of the elements, nature, sea-life, and survival techniques will be greatly appreciated should we ever face the predicament of flying into the water.
After seeing your concept of the survival pouch, we need to include them as part of the registration for Air Journey's long-range excursions. The A.S.T. survival pouch was extremely well received by our clientele. It is very easy to wear and a very attractive alternative to any other survival equipment available.
We would highly recommend anyone flying over water or unfriendly territory to carry the A.S.T. Survival Pouch.
Randy has been the water survival "guru" for the Cayman Caravan for the past sixteen years. He has conducted seminars for well over 1,000 general aviation pilots who were about to depart Key West for a flight over Cuba to the Cayman Islands.
The combination of his general aviation experience and Coast Guard background make him uniquely qualified as a bona fide expert in light aircraft overwater operations.
The AST Overwater Survival Pouch is a direct result of Randy's understanding of the cockpit environment as well as the survival environment. When I fly over water, I am wearing the AST Overwater Survival Pouch.
I just finished showing my wife your survival pouch and explaining to her the type of things to do for safety when flying over water. I was especially pleased at how much I have learned about flight over water safety and how much more comfortable I am with the idea. Thank you for the life's lesson.
Debbie and I got so much from our trip to the Bahamas and we thank you for your instruction and help. We will always retain the survival information you showed us and the use of the equipment. We expect to travel over water again. Your information would also be very useful for an incident over land.
Steve and Debbie Schroder, Moline IL.
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