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Old 08-11-2013, 12:10 PM
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With out doubt, there are times when the BRS would be advantageous. But if its a concern for you, then it's lighter, cheaper, and smarter to just wear a parachute and weigh out the chances of a successful egress versus a successful deployment of the BRS, along with the negatives that come with dragging the BRS along with you wherever you go.
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:30 PM
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Here's a quick hack at it. I'm not sure where I got the W&B spreadsheet, but the numbers are from my 9A (fixed pitch sensi, O-320).

I took a guess at the location of the BRS and went for 160" aft of datum. That's ~3ft aft of the baggage. Even with bingo fuel it's showing within limits.

If someone wants to try other numbers I'd be happy to punch them in and post.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:22 PM
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Any idea on what the system will cost, as well as the yearly maintenance?
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:21 PM
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Any idea on what the system will cost, as well as the yearly maintenance?
Here is a quote from Flying Magazine on the Cirrus system. I would imagine a somewhat smaller system, for a lighter aircraft, would be slightly less. Note that these costs do not include labor or the initial installation.

The bad thing about new technology is that it often comes at a cost. In this case, the parachute system needs to be replaced every 10 years. To its credit, Cirrus never made a secret of this fact. Moreover, the company always said that the replacement would be fairly costly and pegged that cost at around $10,000. Labor costs are extra, and will likely bring the overall replacement cost to more than $10,000 in most cases.


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Old 08-18-2013, 02:49 PM
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Just curious - what's the reasoning for making this parachute system exit out the side of the aircraft instead of just rotating it in the same spot and having it exit out the top?
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:25 PM
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Just curious - what's the reasoning for making this parachute system exit out the side of the aircraft instead of just rotating it in the same spot and having it exit out the top?
Slider canopies have a canopy rail along the top of the fuse it can't go through.
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:21 AM
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Salesman at Osh said $9,000 system. Repack every 6 yrs for about $1,000.
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:27 AM
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I think one big benefit would be for a non pilot passenger who was given a good brief on how to deploy the BRS in the event of pilot incapacitation. A lot of us aren't spring chickens anymore in the pilot community so the possibility of becoming incapacitated is becoming greater and greater as we age. A non pilot would think a BRS was awesome when airborne with effectively no pilot.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:07 AM
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As proven with the Cirrus, availability of a parachute option will likely make a "little" airplane a viable for some people or couples. Even if they can't carry more than 20 lbs of bags, I would imagine some are eagerly awaiting an RV with a BRS simply for the real or perceived added safety option.

Doubt there's one in my near future, but I see absolutely nothing wrong with them becoming available for others.
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