Re: airbag anyone??

Date:         20 Jan 98 01:30:02 
From:         robinjohnson@southcom.com.au (Robin Johnson)
Organization: Customer of Southern Internet Services
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raff@de.ibm.com wrote:
>> Karl Swartz wrote:
>> > I'd expect survivable airliner accidents to be relatively low G, at
>> > least along the longitudinal axis of the aircraft, as there are lots
>> > of crumple zones.  The need for the greater upper body restraint
>> > offered by airbags (or shoulder belts) would therefore be reduced.
>> > Basically, an airbag would be an expensive and complex solution to a
>> > problem which may not exist.
...
>I saw a short TV report a few weeks ago about airbags in aircraft.
>Development for such system is already done - but the system looks
>quite different to that installed in cars: The airbags have to be
>blown up "manually" by a central switch in the cockpit in case of an
>emergency. So there will be no time span of milliseconds but rather
>minutes. And the airbags stay blown up.
>I don't know if this makes any sense ?!

Makes a lot of sense, but a lot of weight too.  Gets rid of most of
the probs Karl mentioned.  Don't hold your breath for this one.......