It is generally considered that giving a captain's briefing when flying passengers in a light aircraft for recreational purposes is a good thing to do. I'm asking about flying people who may not be used to light aircraft, such as friends and family (as opposed to other pilots, who we often fly with).
In general, I give a few pieces of information:
- What will happen on the ground
- When to avoid talking (i.e., when it looks like I'm listening intently and noting something down, when we're approaching to land)
- Where we're going, what will happen during the flight
- What to do if they feel unwell
Then there is the bit I'm going to ask about; people are used to hearing about "emergency exits", and evacuation procedures etc. when flying on an airliner, so I usually consider it prudent to supply the same sort of information about a light aircraft emergency:
- How to open the doors if jammed by damage
- To get out as soon as we come to stop
- To move as far away from the aircraft as possible, even if I am unable
However, I'm starting to wonder if this sort of information would be scaring the bejesus out of my inexperienced passengers. In the next couple of years I'd like to fly my kids who are still fairly young. I definitely do not want to make it a scary experience for them when the time comes.
How do other light aircraft pilots approach this conundrum? Be safe, and supply the important information while possibly scaring passengers, or avoid the "nitty gritty" of an emergency knowing that it is a rare occurrence indeed?
It strikes me that I could provide this information if the time comes to make an emergency landing, however knowing my own limitations I know that if that time does come, I will probably be too overwhelmed with aviating to be thinking clearly enough to provide the important information.
What is the "right" amount of emergency briefing?