Seair Seaplanes - Cessna Caravan - Flight Safety Procedures - Flights from Vancouver and the Lower Mainland to Richmond, Nanaimo, and the Gulf Islands
Seair Seaplanes operates only in VFR weather, but company pilots have come to rely on the Cessna Caravan's Garmin G1000 glass panel. Its terrain avoidance, synthetic vision and moving map features help pilots operate in low-visibility conditions in remote areas.
Seair Seaplanes Flight Safety
"OUR PRIMARY FOCUS IS ON SAFETY," Seair President Peter Clarke says, and in addition to the safety features the Caravan offers, the company's own practices greatly exceed regulatory requirements. Among Seair's exceptional initiatives:
Above and beyond the company's rigorous ground and flight training, all Caravan pilots attend FlightSafety International for initial and recurrency training. Seair and FlightSafety are developing Caravan simulator training based on Seair's low-altitude operating environment. All Seair pilots undergo underwater egress training.
Seair pilots each have an average of 10,500 hours of float time on the B.C. coast. Pilot payment has always been salary-based, rather than the per-mile rate some operators adopted, which had the potential to compromise safety.
All bases display a mannequin wearing a life jacket along with operating instructions, and a safety briefing is conducted before each aircraft boarding. All Seair aircraft are equipped with a Latitude Technologies satellite tracking system, providing continuous flight data, location information and basic messaging capability.
Seair was the first seaplane operator in Western Canada to have an approved Safety Management System program. Adopted in 2007, the SMS is continually audited and updated. Seair is a founding member of the Floatplane Operators Association, established to promote safety and professionalism within the industry.