Better, Cheaper Aircraft Parachutes
Aviation Safety Resources (ASR) is focused on making aircraft safer and is pressing ahead with a goal of making aircraft recovery parachutes weigh less, cost less and have the ability to open at lower altitudes.
CEO Larry Williams noted that ASR’s system has been selected for the Bye Aerospace eFlyer 2 two-place electric aircraft. He also presented the first parachute system to Mark Mellicker of G1 America, the U.S. marketing representative for the French-built G1 STOL aircraft.
There are a dozen original equipment manufacturers using ASR products.
Williams is optimistic about equipping the urban air mobility market with emergency parachute recovery systems. “The goal is to get 20 percent lighter; at 10 percent lower cost,” he said.
Williams is committed to low-cost initiatives for ASR products. He said, “I don’t want people saying, ‘I’m not putting [a recovery parachute] on my aircraft because it’s too expensive.’”
ASR has qualified eight new systems for aircraft ranging from 600 pounds to 4,200 pounds. “Our next will be for 4,800 pounds,” Williams said.