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Old 12th Feb 2009, 13:50
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Karl Bamforth
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Oxfordshire
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There is little to compare an aircraft with a car, its like apples and oranges. The risk in a car is much higher with other cars going the opposite way just a few feet away and if you stray off track by more than a few feet and you will crash into a barrier or building.

The problem with ballistic chutes and airbags is the risk of accidental activation.

The only real use I can see for a ballistic chute is mid air or structural failure. Both are very rare occurences that probably would compromise the airframe to a point where it wouldn't withstand the forces generated by the chute deployment.

Likewise airbags, if it was faces hitting control yokes that was killing pilots I would agree, but I think you will find it is general impact forces and fire that is the big threat.
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