Originally Posted by rocketman1988
"...Sometimes we just have to be okay designing to mitigate risk vs having a certainty that there is no risk at all though..."
The only way to have no risk at all, in an airplane, is to not fly...of course, you could be getting out of bed, step on a Lego, fall and break something...
The other consideration in engineering a chute system for an untested aircraft, is unintended consequences. I am guessing that there isn't going to be many engineers out there that would sign off on a chute system without actually testing it.
"...Anyone try adding the air bag seat belts to an RV ?..."
Again, this really isn't an area for TLAR engineering. Van wrote a great article years ago about "simply" adding inertia reels to the shoulder harnesses. I seem to recall that instead of saving your life, those "simple" changes could actually create more problems...
What is TLAR engineering ?
I would like to read the Vans article if you can point me in the right direction on the web site.