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FAA APPROVES BRS PARACHUTE SYSTEM THAT 'SAVES' THE WHOLE AIRCRAFT

 SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- On approach to landing, the light plane was suddenly struck from above and behind ... a mid-air collision, one of the most frightening hazards of what is otherwise a very safe way to travel. What can the pilot do?
 If he or she installed a GARD-150, a handle is pulled, causing a powerful rocket motor to ignite and almost instantly extract a parachute. What's different in this hypothetical example is that this parachute carries the entire airplane to a modest vertical touchdown. The occupants need not exit the plane. The deployment is so fast, it can work within 300 feet above the ground!
 On May 13, 1993, the Federal Aviation Administration certified the GARD-150 for use on Cessna 150 and 152 models. The 150 is the most popular training aircraft in the world.
 The GARD-150 unit sells for $5,495. Installation runs $300-$500 more. GARD is an acronym for General Aviation Recovery Device.
 Every year, approximately 1,000 persons lose their lives in general aviation accidents. BRS officials claim their system could spare the lives of 60 percent or more of these fatalities were GARD units installed on all such aircraft.
 BRS also announced that they have submitted test plans to the FAA requesting approval for other aircraft. About 170,000 lightplanes in the U.S. registry could be fitted with GARD units.
 Often asked, the company says it has no immediate plans to design systems for airliners, but notes that the space shuttle rocket motors are returned from space by parachute. The 58,000-pound boosters are brought back to earth for reuse on later launches. "So, it's technologically possible," said president Boris Popov.
 Since the FAA approval announcement, BRS has received a great deal of media attention, and interest is running strong. Popov reported, "We are just beginning the marketing effort after having spent seven years and $1.5 million developing the system."
 BRS (Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc.) is the world's leading manufacturer of emergency parachutes. Since 1981, over 10,000 sales have been made worldwide. Customer usage in actual emergencies has resulted in the saving of 73 lives through July 1993.
 BRS is a publicly owned stock company based in South St. Paul.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: BRS has a photo available for this release. A full media package is available. Please ask. Contact Boris Popov, president, or Dan Johnson, director of marketing, of BRS, 612-457-7491/


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