Mandatory Service Bulletin





Information for Emergency Personnel Click link below!

BRS First Responder.pdf

Information for fitting BRS 1050 canister style rescue system to the XT-912 & XT-582 -Click link below!

BRS XT Mounting Instructions.pdf

Note: This information is provided as a reference only. Local aviation regulations may place limits on personnel able to perform this work. If in doubt about the installation consult your nearest dealer!
The BRS Repack Centre

For repacking information and life cycles visit the BRS web site.

BRS Repack Centre

A NZ company is now offering chute repacks for Australian customers.
For Repacks Contact:-
Bryn Lockie
The operation is based in NZ at the moment
02 8355 7009

Contact BRS:

BRS Inc.
300 Airport Road
S. St. Paul, MN 55075
Or please call :
1-800 377-8846(US toll free) or
1-888-276-7715 Canada

BRS Emergency Ballistic Parachute Systems


In 1975, Boris Popov of St. Paul, Minnesota survived a 400 foot fall in a collapsed hang glider.
“As I fell,” Popov explained, “ I became most angry at my inability to do something. I had the time to throw a parachute. I knew they existed but they hadn’t yet been introduced to the hang gliding community. My many years of gymnastics training conditioned me to prepare for the water impact, and allowed me to swim to safety minus a few fillings and a bruised kidney.”

Getting a Parachute Out
Realizing the limitations of current parachute technology, he concluded, “It became apparent that only stored energy components such as solid fuel propellants could offer the power, low weight, low volume, and efficacy needed to rapidly deploy a parachute, but experts in the field told us it would be difficult to deploy a main canopy with any type of rocket device,” remembered Popov.
“As our successes grew with this approach, we slowly evolved from the drogue gun firing a one pound slug, to a solid fueled rocket that optimized the kinetic energy with a given mass,” commented Popov.
The team’s resulting extraction device represented several breakthroughs.
1) It had enough power to deploy larger chutes (even through entire fabric wings), yet it presented no recoil to the airframe;
2) It was capable of deploying the chute in an orderly, systematic manner at greater distances from the aircraft;
3) It was adequately safe and had proven reliability from military applications.
BRS sells a range of rocket motors, and they are delivered with complete parachute system. The Parachute Canopy
The parachute had to be extremely light weight, low volume and be capable of packing into a small container. It would deploy quickly at slow speeds allowing for low altitude emergency saves, but slowly at high speeds, preventing massive structural failure of the canopy in high speed diving emergencies.
After seven years and $1.5 million of engineering effort, BRS was granted the first-ever FAA approval to install a BRS ballistic parachute on a certified aircraft, the Cessna 150/152 series.
The key to the success of this project was the ingenious development of a parachute reefing system. BRS eningeers Bruce Case and Phil Kadlec repeatedly deployed a sliding-ring device that performed all the functions required. This now-patented concept has since been included in most of the BRS parachute line, and has directly saved the lives of pilots and passengers throughout the world. This “slider,” has enabled BRS to create larger chutes for faster aircraft.
Why buy a ballistic chute? The following scenarios depict situations where the BRS system is most effective:
1) Mid-air collision
2) Single engine power loss over hostile terrain
3) Single engine power loss during night flight
4) Loss of control (due to icing or linkage failure)
5) Low altitude stall-spin
6) Major structural failure
7) Component failure resulting in an unflyable aircraft
8) Pilot incapacitation (heart attack)
9) Overshooting runway The system can function at altitudes under 300 feet AGL for the Cessna 150 (the altitude to which FAA certified the system), and as low as 100 feet for ultralights.
The system can weigh as little as 15 pounds (ultralight), 45 pounds (Cessna 150) or 67 pounds (Cessna 172). Cosmetic appearance not a concern because the system is mounted internally on many aircraft and because of the use of the patented speed-sensing parachute, deployments speed capabilities are typically close to the maximum speed of the aircraft.
Present And Future
BRS has won four SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) awards from NASA to develop new exotic lightweight parachute cloth materials that may eventually allow cutting the chute weight by almost 50%. A later grant has BRS engineers investigating parachutes for light jet aircaft. Additonal developments can be expected. Today, BRS is a company of 25 employees and annual sales of about $7 million. Over 18,000 systems have been delivered.

LSA 1350
In 2003, BRS completed ultimate load testing on our new 1350-pound (about 615 kg) parachute for Light Sport Aircraft. The LSA canopy passed dead-weight drop tests with a factor of safety that yields a maximum deployment speed of 160 knots (184 mph or 300 km/h). The 1350 LSA canopy is now undergoing final development by BRS engineers for container and mount.
After the container and mount are ready, engineers will fire a series of rockets in test situations to assure the system functions as desired.
When all testing is done, the system will go through some further refinement for production, to allow smooth and efficient manufacturing of these new systems.
BRS expects to have the LSA 1350 ready when FAA announces the new rule for Sport Pilot / Light Sport Aircraft.



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