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|Cessna 182 Systems FAQ
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Q. In what countries are the BRS General Aviation systems certified?
A. The United States, Canada, Australia, and EU. In addition to the STC have EASA Certification.
Q. How much weight does a BRS system add to a plane?
A. Cessna 182 - 85 pounds: CG location 120
Cessna 172 - 79 pounds
Q. How many aircraft saves are credited to a BRS system?
A. As of Feb 2008, over 209
Q. What’s the difference between the BRS system used in a Cessna and the one you provide Cirrus for all their models?
A. The basic components: rocket, igniter, risers and canopy are very similar. Due to the differences in airframe construction, our system for Cessnas mounts on the aircraft differently. I uses the baggage compartment space and is deployed from a add on canister. The kevlar harnesses attach to the outside of the airframe under a low profile fiberglass cover. Once deployed the pilot recovery capabilities are comparable to those that our system provides to Cirrus.
Q. How much damage will be done to my plane if I land it with a parachute?
A. In all likelihood the aircraft will suffer some significant damage. The terrain where you land will affect this greatly. However, as of this date, all pilots who have chosen to deploy their BRS system in a general aviation aircraft have walked away from the incident with no injuries that required medical attention. So have their passengers. Also, though the extent of damage has varied from plane to plane, all GA aircraft that have come down under a BRS deployment have eventually (or will soon) fly again.
Q. How fast does the plane descend once the system is deployed?
A. Touchdown is at less than 27.5 feet per second.
Q. How much stress do occupants endure when the chute deploys?
A. Less than 4Gs.
Q. How much stress is there on passengers at touchdown?
A. At a severe test condition (straight down, on wheels, on flat concrete), occupant load on touchdown has been demonstrated to be within human tolerances for spinal compression. To date, all the pilots and passengers involved in General Aviation deployments have walked away from their aircraft. However, conditions at touchdown can vary widely.
Q. Where can I have the BRS system installed?
A. We suggest you talk to the Cessna Service Center in your area, they have the systems available from Cessna Parts Distribution.
HOWEVER, the installation process is well documented so your local, licensed A & P with A/I will could it installed in 40-45 hours of shop labor, it if you prefer to do it yourself.
Q. What models of Cessna have you designed a BRS system for?
A. Cessna 182 - 1964 and newer.
Cessna 172 - 1974 and newer.
Cessna 206 - In Development
Q. What is the service life of a BRS system?
A. At 10 years the chute needs to be repacked and the rocket replaced. Every 5 years a small mil spec device called “line cutter” needs to be replaced.
Q. How low can I be and still deploy the system?
A. Less than 2 seconds after you pull the deployment handle, the rocket will have pulled chute and risers to their maximum extension. The altitude loss has been shown to be 260-290 feet.
Q. How much force does it take to pull the deployment handle?
A. The safety cover pulls off easily. However, the actual deployment handle requires a noticable effort by either pilot or front passenger who need to exert about 40 pounds of force. This force has been demonstrated by a 12 year old female.
Q. How much control does the pilot have once the system is deployed?
A. Once the deployment handle is pulled, everything is automatic. Plane and occupants will ride it to touchdown, there is no provision to "cut away" or undo the deployment.