Flying with HEEDs
I am not a diver but bought the HEED to go on our aviation life vests. Recently my wife and I went on vacation flying our high wing airplane, you know, the kind where the cabin would end up underwater in a ditching. Since we had several legs over water I outfitted ourselves appropriately. While we did not (thankfully) need the gear for the trip I was pleased at how well the HEED integrated with our modular crew vests and fit since cockpit space is limited in a private plane. After receiving tips from a diving instructor, we tried the device before we left to gain some familiarity and found them easy to use and a comfort to have. I highly recommend the HEED for part of your over water safety gear.
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Submersible Systems Heed 3 - Military Emergency Egress Device:
can these units be used for scuba diving down to 130?
(Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com)
Hello Charles, yes this can be used at the same depths as a scuba tank. But this only hold 1.7cf of air.
HEED 3 - The Original Helicopter Emergency Egress Device
The HEED 3 comes with a Holster and Mouthpiece Cover on a wire Lanyard
The Next Generation HEED 3 with standard holster
HEED3 is proudly made in the USA
The Helicopter Emergency Egress Device 3 (HEED 3) manufactured by Submersible Systems, Inc. is an updated version of the original HEED. A compact, lightweight and reliable self contained breathing apparatus, the HEED 3 is designed to increase the survivability of military and commercial personnel in short-term out-of-air emergencies.
Provides lifesaving air needed to egress from a downed aircraft or a rolled vehicle in the water.
Ideal for all helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, float planes, watercraft and vehicles that operate around possible water emergencies. Protects personnel from inhaling dangerous and lethal toxic fumes from fire or smoke.
The HEED 3 is also known as the SEED (Supplementary Emergency Escape Device), the STASS (Short Term Air Supply System), Spare Air® (The SCUBA recreational dive version), Spare Air Industrial (packeged for commercial personnel exposed to toxic fumes), Spare Air Escape (includes a mask to allow home users to escape from smoke and fire), and Xtreme Sport (our smallest model for Kayakers, Surfers and other extreme sport enthusiasts). Over 250,000 systems sold worldwide.
HEED3 is proudly made in the USA by Submersible Systems in Huntington Beach, California
HEED 3 - The Breathing Device
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Regulator Body - Our simple rugged design utilizes the same time proven technology found in typical regulators used by SCUBA Divers around the world. Our always-on, breathe on demand, balanced single stage regulator is easy to use, maintain and service. HEED 3 can be used in any orientation, even upside down.
Pressure Indicator - Standard on the HEED 3, The Dial Gauge Pressure Indicator is easy to read and shows an accurate measurement of tank pressure in 200 psi increments.
Purge Button - Clears the regulator and empties the Air Tank.
Mouthpiece - Standard regulator mouthpiece carried by SCUBA Diving Shops everywhere and is the same model used on most regulators.
Check Valve - Remove the cap and attach the Air Compressor adaptor to fill the HEED 3 in about 60 seconds (depending upon compressor). Or attach the optional SCUBA Tank Refill Adapter and connect the other end to a filled 3000psi SCUBA tank. Slowly open the tank valve and in 30-60 seconds, your HEED 3 is full. More information is available in HEED 3 - Refilling.
3000 PSI Aluminum Tank - This SCUBA tank is manufactured just like standard SCUBA tanks, with the same safety features. The cylinder should be hydrostatically tested once every 5 years.