Survival Courses for Pilots

Pilots receive hundreds of hours of training that prepare them to avoid emergencies while flying. Many hours are also spent training to make emergency landings. But what happens after the landing? The aircraft is down, now what? Emergency landings take place in remote areas in every type of terrain and during every season of the year. How prepared are you? As a pilot or crew member what you know and the emergency equipment you have available may save your life and the lives of others who are with you.

The aircraft survival courses offered by ETI help prepare participants to deal with these emergencies confidently. These courses are designed to provide training in the most vital survival skills for pilots, skills that can be life saving after an emergency landing. This training is essential for private pilots, commercial pilots, crew members and anyone who spends much time flying.

The courses are packed with vital information and skills that any air traveler will find valuable. Our training programs are taught using a fast moving hands on approach, designed to give pilots and crew members a working knowledge of important survival techniques for a variety of weather and terrain conditions. Through discussion, demonstrations, simulations and hands on participation, pilots learn valuable knowledge and skills. Some of the subject areas taught during the course are listed below

General Survival Concepts

  • Anatomy of a survival situation
  • Psychology of survival
  • Planning vs Panic
  • Skill vs will to survive
  • Survival leadership
  • After the landing (when an aircraft isn't an aircraft anylonger
  • Improvisation-the key to survival
  • Salvaging for survival
  • Thinking like a pirate, living like a caveman
  • Anticipating problems

Priorities In Cold Environments

  • The layering system
  • Hypothermia/Frostbite
  • Cold weather shelters
  • The aircraft as shelter
  • Food and water in a cold environment
  • Snow shelters
  • Fires for heat
  • High tech heat

Priorities In A Hot Environment

  • Shelters from heat
  • Water requirements
  • Finding or manufacturing water
  • Heat illness review


  • When to travel
  • Staying found
  • Direction finding methods
  • GPS review
  • High-tech communication in a remote environment


  • Search and rescue for remote locations
  • Self-rescue
  • Signaling basics
  • Primitive signaling techniques
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Signaling workshop

Survival Kits

  • Essential equipment (never leave home without it)
  • Personal survival kits
  • Aircraft survival kits
  • Using medical equipment and supplies for survival

Course Format

The standard courses are three days in length. The first day is taught in the classroom with the remainder of the training in the field. Shorter courses are also available. Participants need no prior experience and there are no special prerequisites to attend the course.

Course Location

Courses are offered on location in the U.S and abroad.

Sponsoring or Scheduling a Course

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The most effective and economical way to receive training is for a group or organization to schedule a training program at your location. We recommend a minimum student enrollment of 15. If your organization cannot provide the minimum enrollment required, sponsoring a course in your area is a great way to bring the training to you. By making spaces available to other pilots in your area or region, minimum enrollment requirements can usually be met. Contact our office for details.

Course Cost

The cost of training varies based on the location, length of training, and number of participants. Contact us for detailed information about course cost for a training program in your area.


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Montrose, CO 81402

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