Flight Training - August 2021 - 12

PREFLIGHT WHAT AM I?
BY JILL W. TALLMAN
TYPES OF SEATBELTS
Three-point shoulder harness.
Similar to a car's shoulder harness,
the three-point system fastens at
the waist and provides additional
protection for the head and torso
with a strap across the chest.
Lap belts were standard equipment in general aviation airplanes; more recently, shoulder
harnesses have become standard in newer aircraft. If you buy an older airplane, you may install
shoulder harnesses with an aftermarket kit. Fortunately, it's a fairly inexpensive process and
gives a great deal of added security.
Four-point and five-point harnesses.
Frequently installed in older airplanes
as after-market equipment, the fourpart
harness has two waist belts plus
two shoulder straps that come down
over the wearer's chest to attach
at the center. Five-point harnesses
are a favorite of aerobatic pilots. In
addition to the two shoulder straps
and two waist belts, a fifth strap
between the legs helps to keep pilots
in place. All straps fasten over the
wearer's hips.
SEAT BELTS
YOUR BEST SAFETY EQUIPMENT
ONE OF THE EASIEST, CHEAPEST, AND MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO REDUCE
risk in a general aviation airplane is to make sure it is equipped with adequate
passenger restraints-seat belts and shoulder harnesses.
In older airplanes you may find lap belts only. Fortunately, owners can
install aftermarket kits in older airplanes to equip them with highly effective
shoulder restraints-and even airbags, if desired.
The FAA says the proper use of shoulder harnesses, in addition to seat
belts, reduces major injuries in GA crashes by 88 percent, and reduces fatalities
by 20 percent. Wear your seat belt and shoulder harness on every flight.
As a private or sport pilot and eligible to carry a passenger, you will want to
ensure your right-seater knows how to fasten and quickly unfasten any belts
and harnesses. Make it part of your passenger briefing.
jill.tallman@aopa.org
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FLIGHT TRAINING AUGUST 2021
Airbag seat belts. Automobile
technology transitioned to general
aviation in the form of aftermarket
seat belts that have airbags in the
shoulder or waist straps. Airbag seat
belts came onto the scene around
2001 and are standard equipment on
many new aircraft. The technology
can sense the difference between
an impact and turbulence or a hard
landing, so there are no worries about
accidental deployment.
CHRIS ROSE

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