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    One Pound Survival Pod

    Okay it's a stretch... and may be my meds... but why not design a survival pod that will work in any homebuilt aircraft...(Fritz has a computer... he could design it So it would be very lightweight but would put the pilot in a sort of bubble and could be inflated in case of trouble... like in an engine out scenario where you have to put it down on a plowed field... the plane is a wreck but the pilot climbs out of the womb like structure... happy as teenager on a first date...


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    Re: One Pound Survival Pod

    How about a large flexible light cloth tied with a lot of thin ropes to a harness one could strap on to one's back. Everything folded tidy with a jacket around it. When the engine/plane is no longer airworthy, open the door and jump out. Pull a slip opening in the jacket, the cloth is dragged by the slipstream around the exited body and inflates to slow the body down to drop one safe to be as happy as teenager on a first date!
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    Re: One Pound Survival Pod

    R air bag shoulder harness thingies

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    Re: One Pound Survival Pod

    I thought of a loaded 1911 from the title. But for a crash dissipating the weight of an airplane it would have to be massive Same as a head on collision with a tree at 50. I don't know what the avalanche packs do but you would not want to pull one in a cockpit. If you don't want to land an engine out plane BPS or personal chute would be best. Putting in a plowed field would be a gift for anyone flying over a forest or mountain.

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    Re: One Pound Survival Pod

    Maybe Mars Rover airbags, except they just wrap the cockpit...

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    Re: One Pound Survival Pod

    A bottle of 180 proof vodka. Then you emerge a bit like the Drunken Master, from The Legend of Drunken Master; basically impervious to pain.

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    Re: One Pound Survival Pod

    Quote Originally Posted by Nemo View Post
    A bottle of 180 proof vodka. Then you emerge a bit like the Drunken Master, from The Legend of Drunken Master; basically impervious to pain.
    It's worked for the Russian Air Force for a lot of decades now. But you forgot the chain smoking of filterless heavy duty cigarettes.
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    Re: One Pound Survival Pod

    Ok. All we need to do is find out how to avoid spontaneous combustion induced by fumes

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    Re: One Pound Survival Pod

    Quote Originally Posted by Vision_2012 View Post
    How about a large flexible light cloth tied with a lot of thin ropes to a harness one could strap on to one's back. Everything folded tidy with a jacket around it. When the engine/plane is no longer airworthy, open the door and jump out. Pull a slip opening in the jacket, the cloth is dragged by the slipstream around the exited body and inflates to slow the body down to drop one safe to be as happy as teenager on a first date!
    hmm, what shall we call it?

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    Re: One Pound Survival Pod

    Quote Originally Posted by lurker View Post
    hmm, what shall we call it?
    Well when you have the airplane problem you'll probably yell something like, "Aw, shoot!" and you'll likely say the same when you see what kind of terrain you're going to come down on. Based on that I guess I'd call it a "Pair of Shoots."

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    Re: One Pound Survival Pod

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger Tim View Post
    Well when you have the airplane problem you'll probably yell something like, "Aw, shoot!" and you'll likely say the same when you see what kind of terrain you're going to come down on. Based on that I guess I'd call it a "Pair of Shoots."
    makes perfect sense, but it will never catch on.

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    Re: One Pound Survival Pod

    First guess would be in-cockpit automotive air bags.
    Second guess would air bag vests worn by some motorcyclists.
    Third guess would be air-bags outside the cockpit.
    Fourth guess would be a ballistic recovery system parachute.

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    Re: One Pound Survival Pod

    On aircraft where there isn't room for the right kind of shock absorbing foam under the seat, one or two Mars lander bags there instead.

    I suspect Riggerrob's suggestion of automotive airbags would be quite effective, as long as someone figures out how to install one in a homebuilt without having it blow up in your face. ;-)

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    Re: One Pound Survival Pod

    Quote Originally Posted by lr27 View Post
    On aircraft where there isn't room for the right kind of shock absorbing foam under the seat, one or two Mars lander bags there instead.
    So it could smash you against the roof of the cabin.

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    Re: One Pound Survival Pod

    No parachutes (airplane or pilot) weigh one pound. No airbag that provides any "Mars Lander" type cushion will weigh one pound.

    There is, however a one-pound device which has been shown to protect the pilot against such crash impacts. Not used as much as it o nce was, but it works like a charm. The only problem for today's generation of pilots is that this type of device has to be deployed well before the accident:

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