Recovery System for Gliders
Aircraft Authority grants license for worldwide first parachute recovery system for
After a 10 years period of developing and testing the
Federal Aircraft Authority grants the license for the worldwide first parachute recovery
system for gliders namely the Streifeneder-MVEN GRS RADA. The installation of the
parachute recovery system is licensed for gliders and motor gliders with a maximum
aircraft weight of 525kg and a maximum deployment speed of 300km/h as far as the glider
fulfills the additional airworthiness crash standards. A corresponding adoption by the
manufacturer is required.
The system proved its strength during several
overload airdrops at a speed of 360km/h and an adherence loading of 600 kg as well as
through tests with a free-flying pilot less Mosquito. By means of this flight tests we
were also able to provide the evidence that no incorrect braking forces and torsional
moments can appear at the airframe.
Until now it has been almost impossible for the pilot to
drop out of the cockpit and to touch down safety after a mid-air collision. Enormous
forces and anomalous flight attitudes often caused the impossibility of a recovering jump.
This security vulnerability has been closed now by our company with the newly licensed
parachute recovery system for gliders.
Currently, a wider adoption of the parachute recovery
system depends on how customers will adopt the possibility to increase their own security
as well as at what prices the manufacturers will offer the installation. Ventus 2b, ASW 28
und Discus will probably be the first glider types which will get the supplementary type
certificate for the parachute recovery system.
For further information about the parachute recovery system
and the possibility of installation Hansjörg Streifeneder will always be at your
We want to take the opportunity today to thank all those
engaged participating companies, organizations, authorities, institutes and individuals. A
special word of thanks is owed to Peter F. Seling for all the time he participated in this
project. We hope for the continuation of this good co-operation and the successfulness of
our parachute recovery system.