Switlik Parachute Company, Inc. of Trenton, New Jersey, recently announced their success in winning a United States Coast Guard contract to provide its Inflatable Single Place Life Raft (ISPLR) to their aviation rescue swimmers.
The ISPLR has a fully reversible buoyancy tube and canopy system. The low slung floor enhances seating comfort and stability, while the pressure-relieving U-shape design adds functionality in high heat flight operations. The light weight ISPLR is now available to commercial aviators in high visibility yellow/orange – configured in either a low profile belt pack or compact carry-on valise.
The U-shaped design allows the raft to be fully reversible, allowing quick, easy entry from the water whichever side is up. With the sea anchor deployed, the ISPLR is designed to float facing downwind, allowing the canopy to remain unzipped except during extreme weather conditions.
The low slung floor design w/ inflatable floor allows seating at a slight recline, lowering the center of gravity well below the waterline, increasing stability while providing insulation for warmth, and a full back and arm support for added comfort.