It doesn’t mean there is an aviation recovery in progress, but profits are up 232 percent at BRS Aerospace this year compared to the same period last year. The profits are mostly due to military orders for ballistic parachutes.
As of May, total sales for recovery parachutes were $1.7 million, and $1 million of that came from military orders. The totals surpass all of fiscal year 2009, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 of the following year. Employment is up from a recession low of 12 two years ago to more than 300, counting 54 workers in Mexico.
BRS has announced a $3,682 repacking service for Cirrus Deign SR22 and SR20 owners, as well as Cessna 172 and 182 owners. The ballistic recovery systems must be refurbished every 10 years. For one thing, the rocket fuel that propels the parachute out of its canister can degrade over time.
BRS also announced that simulators at SimTrain in Las Vegas, Minneapolis, and Atlanta are available to train owners on how and when to use the ballistic recovery system. Owners are failing to use the parachute system in many cases where doing so could have saved lives.