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For those of you that started flying what are now known as Light Sport Aircraft, i.e.-Microlights, Ultralights, Hang Gliders,and Paragliders, after the year 1996, you may have never heard of "Second Chantz Aerial Survival Equipment, Inc." one of the world leaders in developing ballistic deployed parachute systems that can save whole aircraft and their occupants during extreme emergencies. That company was closed down in 1996 after producing over 4000 recovery systems since 1983, and documenting over 70 saves. This is the "short" story of that company, it's people, history, accomplishments, and its Reincarnation here in 2010.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

In-Flight Testing

Over the years, Second Chantz worked with several aircraft manufacturers to establish installation guidelines to insure proper parachute function. Many times a manufacturer would supply an aircraft for actual in-flight deployment tests. In this photo, taken 4000 feet over the Frazier River in British Columbia, test pilots' John Dunham of Second Chantz and Gary Douris of chute manufacturer "Free Flight Enterprises" have deployed a Sidewinder Model 750, and are measuring descent rates at full gross weight using a Beaver Microlight. Because of the heavy forest below, the parachute was cut away in flight, the Rotax engine was restarted, and a normal landing was performed. Dozens of in-flight tests were performed over the years.

1 comment:

  1. some years ago it was fewe videos with Yours

    is it possible to see its again?