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BobbyPaulk(at)comcast.net
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:53 am    Post subject: Seat Belts Reply with quote

Guys

I have a friend that crashed his RV. His engine quit and he had to put it down in the woods.

He picked out two trees and went between them taking off both wings. The fuselage went another 40' and burrowed in the ground. He used seat belts from the car racing industry. The two shoulder straps were sewed into a wye with a single attach to the air frame. The straps did not break but the stitching unraveled on impact. He had facial injures and two large black eyes for several months. I believe he would have died if the belt had not slowed his body before his face hit the instrument panel. I believe the belts serve a dual purpose of keeping you in the seat in turbulent air AND restraint upon a high G crash.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:42 am    Post subject: Seat Belts Reply with quote

Hi Bobby;
I agree, and I feel the four point harnesses do a better job than the three point. The lap belt found in many older certified aircraft is just an invitation to concussion.
Cheers! Stu.
(only 77)
From: BobbyPaulk(at)comcast.net
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Subject: Seat Belts
Guys

I have a friend that crashed his RV. His engine quit and he had to put it down in the woods.

He picked out two trees and went between them taking off both wings. The fuselage went another 40' and burrowed in the ground. He used seat belts from the car racing industry. The two shoulder straps were sewed into a wye with a single attach to the air frame. The straps did not break but the stitching unraveled on impact. He had facial injures and two large black eyes for several months. I believe he would have died if the belt had not slowed his body before his face hit the instrument panel. I believe the belts serve a dual purpose of keeping you in the seat in turbulent air AND restraint upon a high G crash.


Bobby

Age 79


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