Those Parachutes for Small Airplanes Really Do Save Lives -- Air & Space Magazine, May 2018
Boris Popov is not a household name, not quite even in the small world of aerospace -.
Boris introduced his Ballistic Recovery System for small aircraft in 1980.Imagine that!
Actually, you don't have to imagine it, because through tireless development and refinements over the past thirty-eight years, . As you can see in the pictures above, way back in 1998, BRS used NASA grants in partnership with Cirrus Aircraft to develop a system for Cirrus's SR series of five-place GA airplanes.
It has been a great success, as this study shows:
Injuries were shifted from fatal to serious or minor with the use of CAPS and postcrash fires were significantly reduced. These results suggest that BPRS could play a significant role in the next major advance in improving GA accident survival.
Other research shows that emphasizing the use of the parachute to their pilots has made the Cirrus fleet more than twice as safe as other GA aircraft.
$283 ticket price between Manhattan and Boston, for safety.It's why Boris was one of the very first industry suppliers we met with. And it's why the Vy can deliver a
We're so convinced of the value of whole aircraft parachutes, we've built one from Fruity Chutes into our 1:5 scale prototypes. This is also for safety. It makes sure we can bring the aircraft down gently if anything unexpected happens during flight test.
We tested the chute launching system just the other day. The result, as NASA has taught us to say, was nominal - check out the video! We are pleased to have joined the whole aircraft parachute club with that test.
Boris won the 2017 Joseph T. Nall Safety Award, and given the many lives already saved from his work and leadership in this area, I expect he will continue to be recognized for his tremendous contribution to the safety of all who fly in parachute equipped aircraft.