Draft EUROCAE Considerations for Energy Absorbing Seats in VROL Aircraft Applications
Draft EUROCAE Considerations for Energy Absorbing Seats in VROL Aircraft Applications

Advanced Blast & Ballistic Systems Limited is presently tasked by Working Group 112 (Vertical Take Off and Landing, VTOL), Working Group 3 (Safety) of EUROCAE (European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment) to create requirements, guidance and specification documents covering:

 

  • Emergency Descent Arrest (EDAS) Systems and
  • Energy Absorbing Seat systems

for VTOL aircraft.

 

For Energy Absorbing Seat systems, we are presenting the case for crash-worthy seating systems in VTOL rotorcraft, and working with Seat manufacturers to gather relevant information and capabilities in a Considerations document.

This work will then move on to creating a Guidance document, where we will seek to particularly develop the requirements and concepts presented by existing EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) standards (such as CS.27, CS.23 and SC-VTOL).

 

For Emergency Descent Arrest (EDAS) Systems, we are compiling VTOL industry views on these active recovery systems, in particular how they should (and should not) operate in flight, and developing the requirements and concepts presented by existing EASA standards, in a Guidance document.

In particular, this EDAS Guidance Document will build upon an EASA draft means-of-compliance (MOC) document, expected in January 2021, which will set-out the EASA compliance approach for parachute-based recovery systems.

These Considerations and Guidance documents for Seats and EDAS systems should raise VTOL industry awareness in these safety system technologies, as well as supporting and shaping the certification standards being formulated by EASA (and the UK CAA, Civil Aviation Authority) for civilian VTOL rotorcraft.