BRS Announces Possible VLJ Parachute

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Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS), maker of whole-aircraft parachute systems, Friday announced that its new 5000-series canopy complies with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards. BRS has submitted to the FAA its plan for 5000 series Part 23 certification testing. This BRS system can support heavier piston airframes and higher-weight-category very light jets. It's not yet certified and the system's precise operating limitations have yet to be announced, but the system marks another step forward for the company (and, arguably, the rest of us) and makes inroads into the arena of "heavier aircraft." First applications of 5000-series recovery systems may include Diamond's D-Jet and the Lancair Evolution, according to BRS' financial statements for early 2008. The company has since 1981 delivered more than 29,000 parachute systems to aircraft owners worldwide, 3,500 of which reside on FAA-certificated aircraft including Cirrus Design's SR20 and SR22 aircraft. The company says its systems "have been credited with saving the lives of 213 pilots and passengers."