The folks at Ballistic Recovery Systems have been hinting since this summer, when Cessna introduced its Skycatcher Light Sport Aircraft at EAA AirVenture, that the new airplane would be equipped with a BRS parachute. This week, Cessna finally made it official. The BRS system will be offered as a factory-installed option not only for the Skycatcher, but for all of Cessna’s piston singles. “We’ve been working with Cessna since the beginning on their remarkable new design and we are pleased that they see the value in having leading-edge safety features like the BRS system on board,” said BRS CEO Larry Williams. The Skycatcher parachute will sit aft of the seats, similar to the current installations available for the Cessna Skyhawk and Skylane models.
Under the new agreement, Cessna service stations across the world will begin offering BRS whole-airframe parachute system installations and service for the 172 Skyhawk and 182 Skylane later this year. BRS will begin immediately developing an STC for the parachutes to be installed in the C-206.