Lufthansa Technik (LHT) is studying ways to reduce the loads imposed on a bizliner’s interior walls and their structural attachments by a sudden drop in cabin pressure. The solution appears to lie in installing large cutouts in the walls and floor.
Essex Industries (Booth No. N4930) is promoting two new emergency breathing devices here at NBAA.
The Self-Contained Unit (SCU) is an emergency-breathing hood that protects for up to 60 minutes against smoke, carbon dioxide, lack of oxygen or decompression. The hood dons in less than 15 seconds and provides 360-degree visibility and allows the wearer to hear, talk, and move freely. It has a 10-plus-year shelf life.
BEA investigators, who admit to having experienced a high level of stress in their effort to understand how Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, now hang their hopes on an array of machines and experts that reached the search area in the middle of the ocean between Brazil and Africa on April 2.
On the day of AIN’s visit to Survival Systems, a group of paramedics was finishing up a two-day course on the use of emergency breathing systems–small air tanks that hold up to 30 breaths of air. Such systems are available from any dive shop for about $350.
Switlik Parachute won a contract to provide its U-Zip-It aircrew dry suit to the U.S. Coast Guard. The dry suit, which can be viewed at Switlik’s booth (No. 722), features a low-slung zipper that makes the suit easier to slip on. To help aviators move more freely, the suit includes articulating elbow and knee patches.
Switlik Parachute has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Coast Guard to provide aircrew anti-exposure garments (AEGs) for rescue aviators. Switlik’s U-Zip-It aircrew dry suit won out over two competitors in test programs conducted in Savannah, Ga.; Traverse City, Mich.; San Francisco and San Diego, the company said.