Aircraft Belts has been promoting aircraft safety for more than 30 years and returns to NBAA this year to present a new brand and a new product that promises a quantum leap in cabin safety.
Italy’s Aero Sekur (Hall 4 Stand B8) is promoting its safety systems and advanced flexible material products here this week. It is highlighting the establishment of a new Genoa-based subsidiary, Sekur Sistemi, for the design and production of nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) filtration and air-conditioning units for military and other applications, including aerospace. The company will also develop ground-support equipment; in particular, cooling and environmental-control units.
Winslow LifeRaft Company of Lake Suzy, Florida (Stand C524), has come to MEBA with one primary mission, said George Byer, the company's vice president sales, "We need to locate a repair and overhaul facility in the Middle East" that can repair and service the company's life rafts.
JetBed (Booth No. 1135) is expanding its line of inflatable aircraft beds. CEO Gary Bosstick told AIN that the company will soon launch products for Embraer executive jets and Pilatus PC-12 turboprops.
Involvement in the European Space Agency’s Intermediate Experimental Vehicle program to devise re-entry technology for low-earth orbit programs has given Aero Sekur an opportunity to take its expertise in the use of lightweight, flexible structures literally into the realms of rocket science. The company was selected for the work in November 2009 and is due to complete the project by the end of this year.
Amsafe, the Phoenix-based company producing an inflatable seat restraint certified for the CRJ700 and CRJ900 regional jets last year, expects to certify a version for general aviation aircraft by next summer. The Amsafe Aviation Inflatable Restraint (AAIR) resembles a normal three-point seatbelt in size and shape but contains an airbag that deploys away from the body upon sensing a sudden impact. The system is independent of aircraft power.
To anyone who hit the silk more than 30 years ago, the name Switlik Parachute is well known as a preeminent maker of the lifesaving devices. Founded in 1920, Switlik Parachute is still in business in Trenton, N.J. But old habits die hard, and the company whose name still ends with “Parachute” actually hasn’t made one since 1968.
The FAA issued proposed special conditions that would apply to STCs of AmSafe inflatable seatbelts in a variety of general aviation airplanes, including Beech, Cessna and Piper singles through turboprops. The comment period on the proposal closes May 22.