August 20, 2013
By AOPA ePublishing staff
BRS Aerospace of South St. Paul, Minn., has announced the availability of a whole-airframe emergency recovery system for Vans RV-7 and RV-9 aircraft.
The bag-deployed parachute unit stows in a frame that is suspended from structural aluminum spanning the upper aircraft longerons on the back side of the aft baggage bulkhead. It deploys out of the right side of the fuselage, behind the wing and angled upward, the company said in a news release.
The installation kit is sold with a six-to-eight week lead time following placement of an order.
"We listened to the customer base and responded," said CEO Larry Williams. "Our most frequently request for an installation is on a Vans Aircraft. BRS Aerospace answered with the installation kit you see today that incorporates key features to allow the kit builder to perform the installation."
The company said the unit meets ASTM Standard F 2316-12 for recovery parachutes. The standard is published by ASTM International, formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials, a developer of international voluntary consensus standards for improving product quality and safety.
BRS said it has delivered more than 30,000 parachute systems worldwide, including more than 3,500 systems for FAA-certified aircraft.
BRS parachute recovery systems "have been credited with saving the lives of 299 pilots and passengers," the company said.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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