First Part 23 aircraft certified with aviation inflatable
& Development (AMD) of Eastman Georgia becomes the first
certified General Aviation manufacturer to install the AMSAFE
Aviation Inflatable Restraint (AAIRR) in a GA aircraft. AMSAFE
received the STC on April 26 2004, STC #SA01629LA. The STC is for
the installation of the AMSAFE inflatable restraint system in the
AMD Alarus IFR type certified IFR trainer aircraft.
The Alarus is a two place side-by-side aircraft which was
designed from the ground up to be FAA IFR certified. It is
certified for VFR-Night-IFR, Utility-Normal, spin certified
(optional) and now with seatbelt airbags. The aircraft has been
certified since 1994 and has been put through the tough wear &
tear of flying schools and low time pilots. The extra tough landing
gear system and very low maintenance cost is wining over a lot of
leaseback investors and schools.
How the airbag system works
The inflatable restraint system is a standard type 3 point seat
belt with a small airbag pouch attached to the lap harness. A black
box between the seats activates two cylinder behind the seats which
inflates the airbags. This is only possible when a prolonged 9G
forward load is put on the airframe. Very hard landings will not
set-off the system. The airbag is inflated in front of the person
for a few seconds only, where the person goes forward into the
airbag. In a car, the airbag is inflated at the person.
The AAIR system is the world's first inflatable restraint
product to be certified to meet FAA/JAA regulatory requirements.
The current version of the AAIR is currently installed on numerous
commercial airline fleets, under FAR 25.
AMSAFE's General Aviation/Business Jet Manager Zane Leake said,
"AMD was one of the first to recognize the benefit of the AAIR. Now
they can offer one of the industries latest safety enhancements to
their customers. AMD is the first in the market with this