Aircraft Parachute Recovery Systems

BRS Aerospace
South St. Paul, MN

BRS Aerospace has engaged Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (WSU-NIAR) to develop testing protocols for evaluating the safety and performance of aircraft parachute recovery systems in General Aviation (GA) and Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. Working with WSU-NIAR's Crash Dynamics and Virtual Engineering laboratories, BRS Aerospace will develop whole aircraft parachute recovery system Supplemental Type Certificates for a range of existing general aviation aircraft and approvals for new models currently under development in addition to advanced VTOL technology.

BRS is a recognized authority on whole aircraft parachute recovery systems with more than 35,000 such systems installed on more than 350 models of airplanes. The company is also in the early stages of developing vehicle recovery systems technology that will allow VTOL aircraft to reach safety levels equivalent to standards established in the automotive industry.

Already working with a number of new VTOL aircraft manufacturers, BRS Aerospace was represented at the UBER Elevate Summit 2018 as one of four critical gap technologies necessary for the successful development of the electric-powered VTOL ecosystem. Uber is promoting electric-powered VTOL urban transportation development.

BRS Aerospace already offers a parachute recovery system as a retrofit to Cessna 172/182 aircraft and as standard equipment on the popular Cirrus line of aircraft. BRS has delivered whole aircraft parachute systems to aviation segments including Light Sport Aircraft, experimental aircraft, ultralights, unmanned vehicles, military aircraft, and FAA/EASA Type Certified airplanes. A recent independent statistical analysis concluded that when deployed, the ballistic recovery system significantly reduced the odds of experiencing a fatal aircraft accident. BRS has documented a total of 386 lives saved when the ballistic recovery system was deployed.

BRS Aerospace's whole aircraft parachute system for fixed-wing aircraft design calls for a parachute ballistic launcher to be installed in the aircraft with a pilot-initiated activator located in the cockpit. Upon activation, a ballistic rocket propels a parachute into the airstream to slow the airplane and float it down into a survivable vertical landing.

BRS Aerospace was founded in 1980 in South St. Paul, MN and has manufacturing facilities at the South St. Paul Municipal Airport and in Pine Bluff, N.C. Their system has been successfully deployed multiple times and the company has documented 386 lives saved as a result of its safety device.

NIAR, located in Wichita, KS, operates on a nonprofit budget and is the largest university aviation R&D institution in the U.S. It supports the aviation industry by providing research, development, testing, certification and training.

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