AmSafe’s Next-gen Airbag Marks 10th Anniversary

 - May 1, 2011, 6:20 AM

Marking the 10th anniversary of the first flight of an aircraft equipped with its seatbelt airbag, AmSafe Industries of Phoenix, is introducing its next-generation seatbelt airbag. AmSafe developed “the first and only” seatbelt airbag certified for use on commercial aircraft as a cost-effective method of 16g compliance for difficult-to-certify seat placements.”

According to AmSafe Industries president Bill Hagan, the new seatbelt airbag upgrade enhancements include a 30-percent reduction in weight, a 40-percent increase in service life, wireless onboard diagnostics (manually or through an integrated wireless system), design improvements that include a sleeker, narrower bag-belt and a lightweight, redesigned buckle.

The item will be available for delivery in the third quarter. It is self-contained and self-powered and weighs approximately three pounds. The earlier seatbag airbag has been adopted by nearly 70 airlines worldwide and 50,000 are currently in service, typically in airline first-class cabins.

Rockwell Collins Adds Emteq Lighting to Its CMS

Rockwell Collins has announced an agreement with Emteq to integrate the New Berlin, Wis.-based company’s line of LED interior lighting with its own Venue high-definition cabin management system.

“The beauty of Venue is its ability to accommodate the latest technology with relative ease, which we’re proving again by integrating it with Emteq’s lighting products,” said Rockwell-Collins v-p and general manager of cabin systems Tommy Dodson.

The agreement enhances the variety of choices Venue customers now have for aftermarket cabin lighting.