Ejection System For Small Planes
Now for something completely different. Cirrus Aircraft have their CAPS (Cirrus Airframe Parachute System) system which most recently saved the lives of two pilots falling short of their Hawaiian destinations, but then there is this... a way to eject the pilot and passenger without seats, but with the parachute. This system for small aircraft uses a telescopic metal pole, operated by a pneumatic cylinder, to pull the pilot high enough to avoid hitting hit the tail. Its been developed by scientists in the Moscow region at NPP Zvezda (Star). The company says, “A pilot may find it hard to leave the cabin of a stalling plane because he would have to first unbuckle the harness, remove the canopy, get out and push himself away from the hull. It all takes time. Our system does it all in less than a second”.
Video: NPP Zvezda.