NTSB’s Look At Airbags For GA Aircraft


The NTSB has studied airbag use in mitigating injury in survivable GA accidents and will hold a public meeting Jan. 11 to consider its findings, which it has not yet made available. The study was initiated to examine the effectiveness of airbags in survivable crashes and to identify possible unintended consequences of airbag deployment in small aircraft. The agency also used the study to help develop procedures to assist investigators when dealing with the systems in future investigations. The NTSB says it will post a summary of the study online following the conclusion of the Jan. 11 meeting with the full study to appear a few weeks after that. Meanwhile, interested parties can attend the meeting or watch it online.

The meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Board Room and Conference Center at 429 L’Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C. It will also be available on the board’s website, here, along with technical documents listed under “Board Meetings.” The NTSB will be using its findings to support safety recommendations, which will also be posted “shortly after” the meeting.