Paul, Minnesota-based Ballistic Recovery Systems Inc. (BRS), whose
whole-aircraft emergency parachute systems have saved more than 200
lives, presented an update on recent company developments at a news
conference at AirVenture on Monday. Among the highlights: BRS recently
passed its Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) audit for
compliance with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
standards for production of emergency aircraft parachute recovery
a LAMA audit is a significant milestone for any firm dealing with the
light sport industry," said BRS Vice President of Engineering Frank
Hoffman. "It means we have the processes and people in place to
make quality aviation products in a consistent manner."
BRS now has completed LSA
recovery system installations for aircraft including the CZAW
SportCruiser, Flight Design CTSW, Apollo Delta Jet, Aeroprakt A-22 FPNA,
FK-9, AMD-601, P&A Aviation Quik Trike, P&M Aviation Quik GT450
Trike, EuroFox, Flight Design CTLS, and Apollo Fox.
also been actively developing products for heavier certificated
aircraft. Its new 5000 series parachute canopy for certificated aircraft
fully complies with ASTM Standard F2316, covering whole-aircraft
emergency recovery systems "a milestone that differentiates us from
any other manufacturer to date," according to Hoffman. Using this
series of parachutes, the company plans to design recovery systems for
very light jets and heavier piston-engine aircraft.
In quality control news,
the company’s 26,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Mexico and
the headquarters facility in South St. Paul have received ISO 9001:2000
certification. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
stamp of approval certifies that the headquarters’ facility meets or
exceeds quality standards for "the design, manufacture assembly,
and service of aerospace and safety products," and its Mexico
facility as "maintaining and exercising systems which meet very
stringent requirements" in its manufacturing and quality
impressively, Gary Moore, vice president of sales and marketing,
announced the company’s products have now been credited with saving at
least 213 lives. The latest saves came when the pilot of a Zenair CH 601
XL with one passenger onboard entered an unrecoverable spin. The pilot
deployed the BRS parachute, and the aircraft safely dropped to earth.
The occupants were uninjured, representing saved lives numbers 212 and
213. The aircraft suffered only repairable structural damage.
1981, BRS has delivered more than 28,000 parachute systems worldwide,
including 3,500 systems for certificated production aircraft such as the
Cirrus Design SR20 and SR22.
Those interested in
additional information can stop by BRS Booth 2017 in Exhibit Hangar B.