Survitec Group has introduced a new aviation lifejacket to the offshore sector that has a more slimline profile and is significantly lighter than other lifejackets on the market.
The Hybrid Ability Lifejacket and Oxygen (HALO) lifejacket’s weight reduction was achieved through the incorporation of a fully integrated Emergency Breathing System (EBS), featuring a carbon-composite cylinder, braided low-pressure hose, and second stage with integrated nose clip. At just 949 g, the Survitec EBS is 43% lighter than previous Survitec models and 30% lighter than competing EBSs. With a working pressure of 310 bar, the composite cylinder provides 80% more breathable air than the industry minimum standard.
Survitec’s new lifejacket is also the first of its kind to use Fusion 3D technology. Fusion 3D technology enables the design of a more ergonomic jacket that adapts to the shape of the wearer for enhanced comfort. The lifejacket’s slimline profile, reduction in EBS size, and lighter weight all function to give the wearer greater freedom of movement during transit in the restrictive space of the helicopter cabin.
In response to customer feedback, Survitec has also incorporated bright orange high-visibility (Hi-Vis) beaded inflation toggles, allowing for quick and easy activation. A quick-lock front buckle and easy-to-adjust straps aide quick use. Successful rescue is further enhanced with a strobe light, sealight light, whistle, and reflective straps that help rescuers better locate the wearer. Once found, the rescuer can rapidly pull the survivor out of the water using the accessible lifting points on the front of the jacket.
Should HALO need to be activated in-water, a unique buoyancy distribution system has been built in the lifejacket to offer increased turning speeds and mouth freeboard. By rotating the wearer to a face-up position in less than three seconds, the lifejacket protects the wearer’s airway and improves the body angle and face plane. HALO also holds the title of being the only aviation lifejacket that offers an unparalleled chin support, further helping to keep the airway fully clear of the water.
Survitec’s spray hood concept works with the inflated bladder to increase visibility, reduce heat loss, and keep the wearer’s airway clear. It also removes the risk of secondary drowning from the use of a hood.
The HALO lifejacket includes the new AU10-HTS personal location beacon (PLB) developed by Marine Rescue Technologies as equipped by Survitec on all of their other products. The PLB is capable of showing all man-overboard casualties within automatic identification system (AIS) chartplotter areas, allowing search-and-rescue responses to be executed quickly and more effectively.
The HALO passenger lifejacket is currently going through European Union Aviation Safety Agency approvals.