Paul with LuckyGunner.com wrote to me and asked for my help.
“We have just published our ‘General Aviation Guide to Flying with Guns and Ammo; for all the pilots out there who are hunters, sport shooters, and otherwise fly themselves and their firearms around under Part 91. Andrew, who also has his Private Pilot Certificate ... he grew up flying bush planes in Alaska!... has just published the post HERE.
My response had something to do with my not being a proponent of guns. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t judge anyone who carries a gun. Actually... I even joined the FFDO (Federal Flight Deck Officer) program years ago. Why? Because I thought it was important if there were pilots in the flight deck carrying guns that shouldn’t be, maybe I should have one too.
All joking aside, the training was excellent and whether you carry a gun or not on your airline, I believe everyone should attend the FFDO training program.
While I’ve since returned my weapon, as I fly International, I believe the safety and integrity of the program is essential—as well as the safety of guns on the flight deck in any size plane.
Paul’s response was, “Not everyone likes or enjoys guns, and I respect that. I am actually the only hunter at the office, none of my colleagues are hunters. I know for a fact that Andrew (who wrote the blog post) dislikes hunting, but born and raised in rural Alaska they were a necessity, as was flying (he learn't to fly before he learn't to drive!).
The blog post just covers the safety and practical aspects of transporting firearms in private planes. We are not advocating doing so, or even gun ownership in general, just explaining how to do it safety. I think a lot of pilots do carry guns with them and they may not consider the safety and security implications.
Paul couldn’t be more right. If people are carrying guns on their planes and they should know how to do it safely.
The pilots at LuckyGunner have published a guide on the legal and practical issues regarding the transportation of guns and ammunition in private aircraft. Their checklist includes ...
- Ensure that all firearms, ammunition, magazine capacities, and carry/storage methods are legal at departure, destination, en-route stop, and alternate airports (state and local laws)
- Do not taxi into the area of an airport reserved for commercial aircraft operations, or carry firearms into/near this area
- Perform weight and balance calculation to determine if amount of firearms/ammunition carried would render the aircraft unsafe to fly.
- Secure firearms and ammunition in cases/containers and tie them down to prevent them from becoming missiles in flight.
- Keep firearm/ammunition cases from interfering with flight controls or passengers/pilots
- Remove firearms and ammunition from aircraft
Safety is always the issue when planes are involved.
Enjoy the Journey~