Wed, Jun 06, 2007
Aircraft Often Flown On Low Altitude Missions
Whole-airplane parachute manufacturer Ballistic Recovery
Systems Inc. told ANN Tuesday the company recently installed its
unique safety system on a aircraft used by the United States
Department of the Interior. The single-engine Cessna will be flown
by the US Fish and Wildlife division for a variety of missions
across the United States.
"The mission of this aircraft may require some low altitude,
long duration missions over inhospitable terrain. If the BRS system
is used in an emergency, it will give the pilot another safety
option in the event of any unscheduled off airport landing," said
BRS VP of Sales, John Gilmore.
"We're encouraged by the fact that the United States government
sees the true value in the BRS whole-airframe parachute system, and
we hope that other government aircraft will follow suit," added BRS
CEO and President Larry Williams. "There are a number of missions
the US Fish and Wildlife service flies that would benefit greatly
by the extra safety afforded by the installation of a BRS
The US Fish and Wildlife Service aircraft was the 55th BRS
system installed in a Cessna, and the first in an airplane equipped
with the Garmin G1000 avionics system. BRS manufactures its
whole-airframe parachute systems for use in the Cessna 172 and 182
series of aircraft.
To date, BRS parachute recovery systems have been credited with
saving the lives of 201 pilots and passengers.
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