Q: What happens when I pull the deployment handle?
A: 1. Rocket fires. The chute is extracted 2. Speed-sensing slider controls how fast chute opens 3. Full parachute inflation 4. Aircraft is gradually lowered to the ground.
Q. What Cessna models can be retrofitted with a BRS Whole Aircraft Rescue Parachute System?
A. Cessna 182 – 1964 and newer.
Cessna 172 – 1966 and newer.
Q. How much weight does a BRS Whole Aircraft Rescue Parachute System add?
A. Cessna 182 – 85 pounds
Cessna 172 – 79 pounds
Q. How many aircraft saves are credited to a BRS Whole Aircraft Rescue Parachute System?
A. As of August 2017, 376.
Q. What’s the difference between the BRS Whole Aircraft Rescue Parachute System developed for the Cessna 172/182 and the one you developed with Cirrus for all their models?
A. There is virtually no difference in the parachute system and rocket motor. The safety both systems offer is the same.
Q. How is the BRS Whole Aircraft Rescue Parachute System installed in my Cessna 172 or 182?
A. It is a compact package in the far side of the baggage compartment and aimed out the rear window, so no significant airframe modifications are necessary.
Q. How low can I be and still deploy the system?
A. Altitude is only one of the critical variables to take into account when evaluating the safety potential of the parachute. Extracting a parachute in flight at any altitude will very quickly reduce the energy of the impact to the ground. The lower the energy of the impact, the higher the chances of walking out of the accident.
Q. Can the parachute be deployed or can the rocket be detonated on a hard landing?
A. No—short of pulling the handle, the rocket cannot ignite. You can’t fire it by hitting it, dropping it, heating it (within reason) or any other action. Only pulling the handle will fire it. The unit cannot “just go off.” It is dormant until the pilot exerts a deliberate two-step action.
Q. How much damage will be done to my plane if I land it with a parachute?
A. In all likelihood the aircraft will suffer some significant damage. The terrain where you land will affect this greatly. Though the extent of damage has varied from plane to plane, most GA aircraft that have come down under a BRS deployment have eventually (or will soon) fly again.
Q. How much stress is there on passengers at touchdown?
A. Less than 4Gs. At a severe test condition (straight down, on wheels, on flat concrete), occupant load on touchdown has been demonstrated to be well within tolerances for spinal compression.
Q. How much control does the pilot have once the system is deployed?
A. Once the deployment handle is pulled, everything is automatic. Plane and occupants will ride it to touchdown, there is no provision to “cut away” or undo the deployment.
Q. How much force does it take to pull the deployment handle?
A. The safety cover pulls off easily. However, the actual deployment handle requires a noticeable effort by either pilot or front passenger who need to exert about 40 pounds of force. Tests have shown that a 12-year-old girl can activate the deployment handle.
Q. Where can I have the BRS Whole Aircraft Rescue Parachute System installed?
A. Any BRS Authorized Cessna Installation Center can install the system. However, the installation process is well documented so your local, licensed A & P with A/I could install it in 40-45 hours.
Q. What is the service life of a BRS Whole Aircraft Rescue Parachute System?
A. The chute needs to be repacked every 10 years and the rocket replaced. Every 5 years a small mil-spec device called a “line cutter” needs to be replaced.
Q. How do I get my Cessna 172/182 chute repacked?
A. For all repack questions call 651-294-3275 or email at email@example.com
You must call BRS (651-294-3275) to obtain a Return Materials Authorization number (RMA) BEFORE you send back the unit. WE CANNOT ACCEPT RETURNS WITHOUT AN RMA NUMBER
Repack Information for U.S. Customers
380 Airport Road
South St. Paul, MN 55075
DO NOT send a live rocket motor, or any explosive device to BRS in the United States. This is illegal and is subject to severe penalties. Contact BRS for information on how to ship your unit to BRS USA.
Refer to your BRS owners manual or contact BRS to prepare your unit for repacking.
NOTE: If you are sending your unit from any country to the United States, take care to ensure BRS does not have to pay any duty or tariff charges on your BRS unit when returned for service. If BRS must pay this charge, we must add this to your invoice. You can avoid this expense by marking your shipping container and all copies of shipping documents as follows: “U.S. GOODS, RETURNED”
Prices effective 2017 and are subject to change-All prices are factory direct; no dealer discount.
*Includes Repack, Rocket and Line Cutter
Cessna 172 $5,880
Cessna 182 $5,880
Q. In what countries are BRS General Aviation systems certified?
A. Every country with operating agreements with the FAA and EASA will accept the BRS Whole Aircraft Rescue Parachute System.
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