Safety equipment

January 26, 2010 - 5:24am

The FAA is seeking comments on an Airworthiness Directive aimed at contaminated Halon 1211 used in some handheld cabin fire extinguishers. According to the FAA, “The contaminated nature of this gas, when used against a fire, may provide reduced fire suppression.

May 1, 2009 - 12:31pm

Boeing has submitted nearly two-thirds of the type- and production-certificate “deliverables” for the 787 Dreamliner to the FAA, program vice president and chief project engineer Mike Delaney told reporters gathered this past Wednesday in Everett, Wash., where eight of the largely composite airframes stand in various stages of completion.

February 22, 2009 - 3:49pm

Switlik Parachute (Booth No. 1828) is aiming for a soft landing at Heli-Expo’09 with a new contract and introduction of a new modular helicopter life vest and a civilian version of the one-man life raft being supplied to the U.S. military.

July 28, 2008 - 11:51am

The manufacturer of portable halon fire extinguishers targeted for mandatory replacement said the units involved “do not represent a safety problem,” even though they are not in compliance with technical requirements. In a proposed AD, the FAA is calling for the removal of some 39,000 of the extinguishers due to improper crimping of the units’ siphon tubes.

July 28, 2008 - 11:42am

Plans to adapt explosion-suppressant foam (ESF) to business jets has been indefinitely delayed. Engineering Inerting Systems of Ramsey, N.J., a joint venture between Aircraft Services Group and ESF provider Crest Foam Industries, said in January it was aiming to obtain the initial STC for the Boeing Business Jet in about six months (AIN, February, page 32).

June 20, 2008 - 4:41am

For those who operate aircraft over water, knowing how to ditch is an important safety issue. So is having the right equipment. Eastern Aero Marine, based in Miami,  claims 15 lives have been saved in three aircraft ditchings in the past six months after crew and passengers used its inflatable survival gear products.

May 6, 2008 - 9:32am

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.

January 17, 2008 - 11:42am

The fatal crash of a TBM 700 more than two years ago is just now leading to a proposed AD to require replacing the Anjou Aeronautique brand seatbelt/shoulder harnesses in 158 U.S.-registered examples of the turboprop single.

January 17, 2008 - 11:42am

The fatal crash of a TBM 700 more than two years ago is just now leading to a proposed AD to require replacing the Anjou Aeronautique brand seatbelt/shoulder harnesses in 158 U.S.-registered examples of the turboprop single.

January 11, 2008 - 10:33am

Crest Foam Industries of Moonachie, N.J., which has been installing its explosion-suppressant arresting foam in the fuel tanks of racing cars and military aircraft (including USAF Beechjets) for years, has formed a joint venture–Engineering Inerting Systems–with Aircraft Services Group of Ramsey, N.J., to market the foam for business aircraft.

 
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