AmSafe Airbag Protection When You Need It Most
Airbags, mandated in passenger vehicle since 1999, aren’t required in general aviation aircraft. But airbag seatbelts are standard or optional in many new aircraft rolling out of production. You’ll also find airbag seatbelts retrofitted to our Sweepstakes Cessna 172. The first manufacturer of airbag seatbelts for commercial and general aviation, AmSafe provided pilot and co-pilot airbag seatbelts to replace the original three-point restraints int he 172.
The airbag will deploy between 40 and milliseconds into an event when longitudinal deceleration is greater than between 6 and 9 Gs. Hard landings or turbulence won’t cause it to deploy.
“We have it certified to a significant level above (a) catastrophic event, so that we never have to worry about inadvertent deployment in the cockpit,” said James W. Crupi, AmSafe manager of programs and technical support. “We have a really good record with that.”
AmSafe offers STCed kits for Air Tractor, Aviat, Cessna, Cirrus, Diamond, Hawker, Beechcraft, Mooney, Piper and Thrush aircraft. Prices vary according to make and model configuration but generally run between $4,000 and $4,500 for pilot and co-pilot seats for Cessna 172. Installation is estimated to between eight and 10 hours for a Skyhwak,
The installation adds about 2 to 2.5 pounds per seat placement to the empty weight. At annual, the airbag seatbelts must be inspected using a diagnostic tool. The inspection can be conducted at one of AmSafe’s authorized service centers, or the tool can be rented. The diagnostic inspection takes a few minutes per seat, Crupi said.
AmSafe is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to airbag seatbelts the company manufacturers pilot, crew and passenger restraints cabin interior products.