BRS Biplane

Parachutes for airplanes is definitely past the novelty stage, but something that's always piqued our curiosity about the concept is the type of airplanes that get them.

Expensive going-places airplanes have been the usual suspects when it comes to packing a parachute, and while that fits the usual financial model, are such airplanes the ones most likely to need them? And then in front of the IAC building at AirVenture we spotted a Pitts Special with a BRS chute in the upper wing.

There may be weight, cost and structural issues surrounding such an installation, but we must say, a hard-flying aerobatic machine seems a likely candidate for a whole-plane get-out-of-jail chute.

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson is a professional magazine writer and nurtures an ongoing affair with all things internal combustion. His writing is most often found in automotive magazines, but aviation is his first love. Working as a line boy, he learned to fly while in high school, but still hasn't mastered the art of keeping a paper chart in an open cockpit.

3 Replies to “BRS Biplane”

  1. Since regs require the occupants to wear parachutes, it seems odd somebody would install a BRS system...unless the pilot is expecting to be "locked-in" an inverted spin and feels his life is threatened by bailing out. Ask Tucker about that one!

  2. Nothing odd about relying on a BRS system in a characteristically low altitude aerobatic airplane where personal chutes would be of little value, i.e. insufficient time to exit the airplane and deploy the chute before hitting the ground.

  3. With the advantages of quick deployment and crash protection a whole airframe parachute would afford, I believe it's a significant advantage. However, unless the regulations change to allow its substitution for individual chutes, I believe a whole airframe parachute won't fly.

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