BRS System Receives German Approval for Ultralights
BRS Aerospace has received a Type Certification in accordance with German Certification Regulations from Deutscher Aero Club (DAeC) for a whole aircraft parachute rescue system for the country’s new class of 600 kg ultralight aircraft. This was the second Type Certificate that BRS Aerospace has received recently to comply with new regulations for Ultralight Parachute Rescue Systems published by German authorities in 2017.
In Germany, a statement of compliance by the aircraft manufacturer is insufficient for operations and the parachute rescue system itself must pass a complete Type Certification. In contrast with accepted American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards in the U.S., aeronautical authorities in other European countries are expected to upgrade their gross weight limitations similar to Germany.
BRS Aerospace’s whole aircraft parachute system design calls for a parachute ballistic launcher to be installed in the aircraft with a pilot-initiated activator located in the cockpit. Upon activation, a ballistic rocket propels a parachute into the air-stream to slow the airplane and float it down into a survivable vertical landing. The system is designed to be a last resort for pilots and passengers when all other attempts to recover the airplane in case of emergency or pilot incapacitation have failed.