Two-place, side-facing divans for Jetstream operators are now available from seating specialist Aviation Fabricators. The Clinton, Mo.-based company received both supplemental type certification and parts manufacturing approval from the FAA in March. The package, available in a right- or left-side version, includes sidewall-mounted harness kits, seatbelt track-mounted hold-down fittings and seatbelts.
Contrary to a popular misconception, most aircraft accidents are survivable. This fact has been documented by the NTSB, which analyzed Part 121 accidents in the U.S. between 1983 and 2000 involving at least one fatality or serious injury in which aircraft were substantially damaged. In the 568 such mishaps studied by the Board, 95.7 percent of the accident aircraft occupants lived.
The FAA issued 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, as well as the Learjet 23.
Pilots flying almost every type of business jet and airliner and some turboprops face a risk of inadvertent seatbelt release, according to a bulletin the FAA has released. Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) NM-06-29 warns that unguarded rotary seatbelt buckles can be activated unintentionally, possibly releasing the seatbelt at an inopportune moment.
The FAA issued proposed special conditions for certification of AmSafe inflatable seatbelts, which will help the company obtain STCs in additional general aviation airplanes. The comment period on the proposal ends May 22. Phoenix-based AmSafe also said it is discussing with OEMs application of inflatable seatbelts on business jet divans, to make them approvable for takeoff and landing.
In the third quarter, the FAA is expected to begin awarding supplemental type certificates for installation of AmSafe inflatable seatbelts in dozens of models of general aviation aircraft. AmSafe helped write special conditions, which the FAA published in April, to help make the STC process more efficient.
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