Industry News

May 2000 Issue

Safely Strapped In

Oddly enough, certification rules have hampered seatbelt development but the aftermarket provides affordable better alternatives.

[IMGCAP(1)] Try this: Call up a close friend and ask him to put down his Miller’s and come out to the airport to have a look at the latest installation in your beloved Skylane. Ten to one he’ll ask you which GPS you bought.

Tell him you’ve just installed a shoulder harness. There are no odds here. Your friend’s going to tell you that he’s in the middle of a hot cribbage game with his mother-in-law and he can’t get away.

Such is the glamour of seatbelts and shoulder harnesses. In the aircraft classifieds, you’ll find proud owners still pimping Mark 12s, Cessna 300 radios and wing levelers. But seatbelts? Not a chance. As one grizzled old FAA bureaucrat told us: “Flying airplanes is no...

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