AmSafe State of the Art Restraint System - (SOARS)

SOARS has a service life of ten years from date of manufacture and a warranty of three years.

AmSafe’s Seatbelt Airbag System (SOARS) is a universally adjustable lapbelt airbag restraint system designed to mitigate head and torso injury in aircraft crash conditions.

With over a billion hours of logged service, AmSafe Airbag Systems are utilized in commercial aircraft, business jet and turboprop aircraft as well as general aviation to protect pilots, co-pilots and passengers. SOARS is a very affordable, yet significant enhancement for general aviation occupant protection. Each SOARS kit includes a complete airbag restraint system for both the Pilot & Co-Pilot seats, replacing the original pilot and co-pilot 2 or 3-Point standard restraints.

SOARS is intended for installation and use on various Part 23 type certified normal, utility, acrobatic, and commuter category aircraft. SOARS provides supplementary occupant injury protection. SOARS utilizes an airbag packed within a cover attached to the webbing of a standard restraint system assembly. When a predetermined deceleration event registers within the electronic module assembly (EMA), an initiation signal engages the inflator assembly to release gas and fill the airbag. The airbag deploys out through a rip stitch/seam within the airbag cover.

SOARS is active and able to deploy as soon as all electrical connections are made. SOARS is not deactivated when it is unbuckled. SOARS is connected by buckling the connector half and buckle half and attaching the connector on the shoulder harness to the rivet on the connector half. The connector half can be adjusted to accommodate a range of stature of seat occupants. SOARS is released by lifting the latch on the buckle, disconnecting the connector half and disconnecting the connector on the shoulder harness.

Installation is to be performed by an FAA-authorized A&P mechanic trained in installing the SOARS system. FAA form 337 must be completed for all certified aircraft.

In general, diagnostics is performed a minimum of every 4000 flight-hours or 12 months (whichever occurs first), annually or when the system is disconnected. The complete list of intervals for diagnostic testing is in instruction for continued airworthiness ICA7336.

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