A lifejacket is one piece of onboard equipment that every airline hopes will never have to be used. However, every lifejacket has to be serviced periodically, which costs money. Typically, this servicing occurs every three, four or five years.
British manufacturer Beaufort Air-Sea Equipment is showing its Mk20(SV) jacket which the firm says is the first CAA and FAA-certificated lifejacket to have a 10-year service interval.
"There's an interim service at ten years; the next service is at 20 years, then after that it's a two-year service interval," says Mike Peddie, Beaufort's export sales manager.
Source: Flight Daily News