|Quoting falstaff (Thread starter):|
I heard a story on WWJ radio (950 AM), in Detroit, today that reported that the FAA is recommending that new small aircraft be equipped with automotive style airbags and seat belts. I wonder how feasible this is? I can see the seatbelt thing being a fairly easy modification, but going by what I know about automotive airbags, they are complicated and take up space. How would such a system work in a small plane?
The National Transportation Safety Board is set to release a study on Tuesday of 138 accidents involving general aviation planes equipped with air bags.
|Quoting citationjet (Reply 5):|
1. Require manufacturers to modify restraint systems vulnerable to being used incorrectly in newly built GA airplanes and to modify restraints in existing airplanes.
|Quoting 2H4 (Reply 9):|
Does the presence of airbag belts reduce insurance costs at all?
|Quoting FredT (Reply 11):|
Can't believe we're not retrofitting the automotive-style inertia reel three-point harnesses. Problem is of course you have to find good places to anchor better harnesses to the structure, meaning it is not all that simple.