Challenger II LSA Saved by BRS Deployment
BRS is touting another chute save...
this time after an aircraft accident near Tacoma, Washington
last Monday, April 20th -- where the parachute was deployed
and credited with saving the life of the aircraft's pilot. This
constitutes save #229 for a BRS parachute.
The Challenger II (file photo below), a 960 lb, Experimental
Light Sport Aircraft, was flying at a normal cruise speed at 2000
feet when the pilot apparently lost pitch control. Not willing to
risk landing under such conditions, he elected to deploy his
onboard BRS parachute system while descending through 1,800 feet.
The chute brought both aircraft and occupant down in the front yard
of an Auburn, WA residence. The pilot sustained only minor bruising
and walked away while the Challenger sustained damage just to its
Pilot Jared Stevenson, age 35, of Kent, Washington, said, "If
the parachute wasn't on there, I absolutely would not be here.
There was no way to ultimately get the aircraft down. I just didn't
have the flight controls to do it." He added, "This is a perfect
example of why people need extra safety equipment, such as aircraft
parachutes, when they fly."
"As with all of our documented saves, I am extremely proud of
our BRS team which designs and manufactures such positive
life-impacting products," said BRS CEO and President, Larry
Williams (pictured below). "It's always nice to hear from pilots
who believe so wholeheartedly in the concept and application of
parachutes for airplanes. This is exactly how we measure success...
one life saved at a time," he added.
Since 1981, BRS has delivered more than 30,000 parachute systems
to aircraft owners worldwide, including over 3,500 systems on
FAA-certificated aircraft such as the Cirrus Design SR20 and SR22
manufactured in Duluth, Minnesota. To date, BRS parachute recovery
systems have been credited with saving the lives of 229 pilots and