EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

The first step is accumulating the equipment that is required for flying in Northern Canada and Alaska.  The only big difference in requirements is that we are required to have a weapon in the plane in Alaska.  This can be almost ANY weapon.  On the other hand, you are not permitted to carry just any weapon into Canada.  They said that a pistol in Alaska won't do you much good (for bears mostly).   Hit a black or grizzly (or very hungry polar bear) with a pistol 4 or 5 times and you are only going to piss him (or her) off.  No hand guns or automatic weapons are permitted in Canada.  We flew to Canada a few weeks ago and registered a shotgun (first pix). 

Both Canada and Alaska require you to carry survival gear in your aircraft.  The Alaska list is similar to the Canadian official requirement.  Here is what we MUST carry:
- Food.  10,000 calories for each person on board.  At least 2 weeks /person
- Cooking Utensils
- matches in a waterproof container
- Portable compass
- Axe at least 25 POUNDS with handle at least 28" in length
- Flexible saw blade or equivalent cutting tool
- 30' snare wire
- Fishing equipment & gillnet (<2" mesh)
- Mosquito nets or netting
- Insect repellent
- Signaling mirror
-3 pyrotechnic distress signals
- Sharp jackknife or hunting knife
- Conspicuity panel
- Suitable survival instruction manual
- Stove with fuel for cooking
- Tent or wing covers
- First aid kit
- Alaska- pistol, shotgun or rifle & ammo
THIS IS THE MINIMUM REQUIRED- THERE IS A LONG LIST OF OTHER EQUIPMENT THAT IS SUGGESTED.


Alaska Requires a Firearm aboard Private Planes


Some of the Survival Equipment Required