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Whole Airframe Parachute for Cessna 172 and 182
Ever been struck by lightning on a golf course? Ever been in a car accident that wasn’t your fault? Ever have a glider tow plane cut you off and wrap the cable around your aircraft while on approach? Probably not, but someone has.

Now you could argue that the golfer made a bad decision to continue to golf in a thunderstorm. Or that the hapless driver was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that sometimes, we just can’t control our destiny.

Every pilot knows how safe flying is. We all fancy ourselves as great aviators and shrewd decision makers in the face of rapidly changing adverse weather conditions or when confronted with the ever-present mechanical challenges of flying an aging aircraft. Still there are times when a decision to try and outwit Mother Nature was ill-conceived. Or when Murphy’s Law seems to outperform the Bernoulli Principle and your trusted old bird can’t keep itself aloft.

Yes, in aviation as in life, things don’t always go according to plan. That’s the concept behind airbags in automobiles and parachutes on airplanes – a simple contingency plan. We hope you’ll never need it – we also hope you’ll never hold up a 9 iron in a thunder storm. Still, if you’re looking for a bit of assurance for yourself, your friends and family, consider an airframe parachute from BRS for your Cessna 172/182.

And, all things being equal, a Cessna 172/182 equipped with an airframe parachute system from BRS increases the resale value. Contact BRS today and inquire about a system for your Cessna 172/182 or other aircraft. BRS has already expanded the safety envelope of the Cessna 172/182, all you need to do is raise your hand and say “BRS is a choice I can live with” and we’ll install yours today.

  Cessna 182/172

BRS-172 Installation Detail

BRS-182 Installation details

Cessna 182 Systems FAQ

Certified Installation Centers

Please contact BRS at 651-457-7491

The 182 has many characteristics in common with the other certified systems created for Cirrus. The BRS for Cessna 172s uses the exact same canopy and rocket motor as that used on the Cirrus SR22. It is neatly packaged in the far side of the baggage area aimed out the right half or the rear window.

BRS’ patented speed-sensing Slider collar controls how fast the chute actually opens. If the aircraft’s momentum would create unacceptable stresses, the slider retards the canopy’s inflation –letting it first act something like a sea anchor – slowing the plane down as the canopy continues to open. This unique Slider technology assures the fastest overall activation-to-full-deployment-time possible, over the widest speed range possible, without exceeding aircraft load limits.

SR20/ SR22/SRV

The largest and most capable parachutes from BRS were originally certified on Cirrus Design’s SR20 aircraft, which was certified in October 1998 as the first aircraft to have a whole-airframe parachute system installed as standard equipment. The SR22 has a slightly different design.

The canopy is deployed by a solid fuel rocket motor with manual activation. Deployment occurs within one second and canopy inflation follows rapidly. The canopy is attached to the airframe via 15,000 pound (6,800 kg) and Kevlar Bridles. (Connection to the SR20 airframe is proprietary to Cirrus Design.)

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