December 2017 Issue

Restraint Systems: Repairs and Upgrades

They keep us alive without our thinking about them, yet belts and straps wear out. Repair is surprisingly inexpensive and upgrades abound.

It’s routine: We get in, strap in without thinking about it and beginning running the checklist. Putting on and tightening up the restraint system is probably the most basic of automatic tasks any of us do as pilots—without the reassuring pressure of the belt and shoulder harness attaching our torso to the airplane, most of us wouldn’t hit the starter.

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