Remark: For us in Germany an UL is a 2 seater with 470/600kg MTOW. AFAIK those are named Light Sport Aircraft in the US/Australia. Example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikarus_C42

What do you use if you fly with your UL/Sports aircraft over water? As a reference I did try to find out what other pilots have used:

Some people have surrounded the world with an ultralight aircraft. A recent example here: https://flyzolo.com/ Did they have a life raft onboard? Or is an Immersion Suit/Survival Suit sufficient? Or are there even other options?

Life rafts do not seem to be to heavy, but would it possible to deploy them after ditching? Or would it just be impossible to deploy such a raft in such a case?

I have also watched a YT series "FunForLouis World Flight", they have used Immersion suits. But the flight was in a Cessna 210 and the weight was already an issue. So I assume more restrictions with an ultralight/sports plane.

Edit 2022-06-22: This YT video shows a Cirrus with parachute ditching. Pilot manages to deploy a little raft before the plane sinks. So it seems to be feasible. Related: Why did this Cirrus deploy the parachute while ditching over Pacific Ocean?

Related: But this is for "big" planes.

  • $\begingroup$ Why would it be more difficult to deploy a life raft from an ultralight? $\endgroup$ Jun 19 at 23:15
  • $\begingroup$ Normally you have very little storage room in an ultralight. And the raft needs to be quickly accessible from within the cabin, so the options are limited. $\endgroup$ Jun 20 at 9:48
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    $\begingroup$ Your usage of "ultralight" differs from my understanding. Perhaps you should describe what you're thinking of for an "ultralight". $\endgroup$
    – abelenky
    Jun 20 at 11:41
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    $\begingroup$ The question, especially 1st pgraph, seems to be about what was done on a specific past flight. The title seems to be more open-ended, about what is "needed" (by whose definition of "need" -- prudent avoidance of risk? meeting legal obligations?) for long-range overwater flights by "ultralights" (by whose definition of ulight? FAA definition limits empty weight to 254 pounds (115 kg) empty weight, excluding floats and safety devices, and "Shark" does not meet this definition.) I suggest editing the title to be more harmonized to the question, about what was done on a specific past flight. $\endgroup$ Jun 20 at 12:57
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    $\begingroup$ The UL point is valid. For us in Europe/Germany the term Ultralight is normally used for a 2 seater with a weight limitation: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aveko_VL-3_Sprint is a UL plane for us. According to WIKIPEDIA it is Light Sport Aircraft in the US or Australia. Thanks for point that out! $\endgroup$ Jun 20 at 14:36


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