Interested in making your aircraft safer? Check out the latest issue of FAA Safety Briefing, which includes the article, “Small Cost, Big Benefit: A Look at Lifesaving Aircraft Safety Enhancements,” by FAA aerospace engineer Della Swartz.
The article offers a variety of improvements that can have a positive effect on your safety and well-being without an undue strain on the wallet. Among the enhancements described are inflatable restraints, or air bags, whose safety benefits the NTSB recently highlighted. According to Swartz, inflatable restraint kits are available for about $1,000 per seat plus the cost of installation. The kit includes a shoulder harness, another inexpensive yet key life-saving device. Swartz also writes about helmets and emergency locator transmitters (ELT).
For more on how to outfit your aircraft with low-cost and high-value safety enhancements, see the article on page 18 of the January/February 2011 issue of FAA Safety Briefing at FAA.gov