Airbags to enter service on Bombardier CRJs

 - May 19, 2008, 11:58 AM

Starting in the first quarter of next year Bombardier will begin installing Amsafe’s aviation inflatable restraint (AAIR) systems in the bulkhead row of passenger seats on new CRJ-700 and -900 regional jets. The system is installed as an integral part of each passenger’s lap belt and inflates within milliseconds of a crash to protect against head and upper-body injuries at impact forces up to 16 gs. A self-contained under-seat
activation unit is modular and independent of aircraft power. AAIR systems entered service last April and are now flying on approximately 100 Jetstream 41s operated by six regional carriers, according to Phoenix-based Amsafe.