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VOLUME 1 NUMBER 2 


LIGHTWEIGHT SEAT BELT ENDORSED 



Weight — that arch enemy of air¬ 
craft designers the world over is 
constantly losing more and more 
battles to new techniques, materi¬ 
als and ingenious designers. The 
engineers at American Safety Flight 
Systems strive to assist in this de¬ 
feat and without adding to the arch 
enemies first cousin . . . cost. 

Seat belts play a part in the 
weight of an aircraft; every seat 
has one, plus a few spares tucked 
away for emergency, and weighing 
about one pound each. This ac¬ 
counts for approximately two fare¬ 
paying passengers on the larger 
aircraft. Recently, a new design of 
buckle was introduced by American 
Safety Flight Systems, and in as¬ 
sociation with its end fitting and 
connector, had the effect of re¬ 
ducing the belt assembly by approxi¬ 
mately 50%. It overcomes the 
shortcomings of other systems by 
offering the following advantages: 

1. Ability to distinguish one end 
of the buckle from the other 

2. Easy webbing adjustment 

3. Easily understood buckle op¬ 
eration 

4. Lightweight 


The buckle weighs 2.7 oz. and pro¬ 
vides the utmost comfort to the 
wearer. Its teardrop shape leaves 
no doubt as to which end fits the 
connector and the word ‘lift’ is im¬ 
printed on the appropriate end of 
the latch. Meeting all requirements 
of the F.A.A. TSO, the design is 
geared for a long life and incorpor¬ 
ates a webbing removal feature. 


As usual, the year has passed 
quickly,- too quickly, for too many 
things remain undone. Nineteen 
Seventy Two had its share of prob¬ 
lems and frustrations, but in retro¬ 
spect, was a good year for American 
Safety Flight Systems, Inc. 

Since being acquired by Ameri¬ 
can Safety Equipment Corporation, 
much effort has been expended in 
advising our customers of our new 
corporate identity. The Rocket Jet/ 
ARD division, and the incorporation 
of the Cummings & Sander aviation 
restraint systems under the ASFS 
banner, are now generally well 


This allows the customer to remove 
and launder the webbing, which is 
far more economical than renewing 
the webbing if it becomes soiled. 

Finished in durable aluminum an¬ 
odize, the assembly projects a very 
attractive appearance and many 
major airlines are standardizing on 
this particular item. 


known, and the effectiveness of this 
merger is being felt and appreci¬ 
ated. 

To all of our friends, we say thank 
you for your interest over the past 
year, and extend to you our best 
wishes for the holiday season, and 
a happy, healthy and prosperous 
New Year. 

As for resolutions ... we resolve 
to maintain our position for excel¬ 
lent service and superior products 
and try even harder to support you, 
the customer, in every way during 
1973. 


Is It Christmas Again Already? 












WE ENCOURAGE 
INFLATION 

How do you inflate a 100 cubic 
feet liferaft from a gas source cap¬ 
able of filling 25 cubic feet? 

The solution can be found by 
using the new American Safety 
Flight Systems aspirator. Basically, 
this device utilizes the high press¬ 
ure gas being released from a small 
cylinder to open doors and suck in 
air from the atmosphere to make up 
the deficiency. 

In designing the 30-man raft, 
weight and volume was a problem 
and the normal type of inflation 
system would not have been suitable 
with its two heavy, bulky cylinders. 



Testing each aspirator for flow and leak. 


American Safety Flight Systems en¬ 
gineers created a new inflation sys¬ 
tem consisting of a stored gas 
source, pressure regulator and as¬ 
pirator. When inflation is initiated, 
the pressure regulator (also de¬ 


signed and produced at American 
Safety Flight Systems) delivers a 
specific amount of gas at a specific 
pressure to the aspirator mechan¬ 
ism. This high pressure injection 
creates a negative pressure area 
below the doors which then open 
and allow ambient air to enter, mix 
with the stored gas and inflate the 
liferaft. This ratio of entrained air 
to stored gas is 4:1. 

The vital statistics of this amaz¬ 
ing device are: 


Overall Length ... 

.5.5" 

Throat Diameter . 

.1.3" 

Mounting Flange 


Diameter.. 

..3" 

Weight. 

..8 oz. 


External envelope after 

Installation .1.75" L x 

2" Diameter 

Final pressure achieved in the 
liferaft buoyancy tubes is 2 pounds 
per square inch and is reached in 
20 seconds, providing survivors of 
a ditched aircraft with a flotation 
device very rapidly in times of 
emergency. 

HOT LINE? 

munications link between customers 
and American Safety Flight Sys¬ 
tems, Inc. we have installed, at 
Glendale, a Western Union TWX 
machine. 

It is attended during regular busi¬ 
ness hours and overnight messages 
are distributed at eight o’clock every 
working morning. Our TWX number 
is 910-497-2275. 

Your communication will receive 
immediate attention, so please feel 
free to use this service. 

“ON THE SAFE SIDE” 

To those of you who missed the 
first issue may we extend our wel¬ 
come, and may we restate our ob¬ 
jectives in publishing this news¬ 
letter. 

It is intended to provide contact 
between American Safety Flight Sys¬ 
tems, Inc. and purchasing and en¬ 
gineering groups in customer or¬ 
ganizations across the world. Nat¬ 
urally, it is very difficult for us to 
visit all of you as often as we would 
prefer and through these pages we 
hope to describe to you the scope 
of our organization and how we can 
best serve you. 

The initial issue was extremely 
well received, and the inquiry card 


was returned in quite large num¬ 
bers. We encourage you to let us 
have your reaction and comments 
on our efforts and what improve¬ 
ment can be made to serve and in¬ 
form you better. 

F.A.A. APPROVALS- 
ANOTHER FIRST 

The applicable TSO for seat belts 
in aircraft is TSO-C22. It was rec¬ 
ently modified and reissued as an 
‘f change. This change provides 
that in all future designs and pro¬ 
duction of seat belts, the webbing 
portion must comply with upgraded 
requirements in the area of flamma¬ 
bility. 

American Safety Flight Systems 
conducted tests in the Corporate en¬ 
gineering facility laboratory and 
confirmed that the webbing under 
test more than met the new require¬ 
ments. After drawing modification 
and submittal to F.A.A., we received 
what we believe to be the first 
blanket approval issued for the re¬ 
vised TSO covering every seat belt 
produced by A.S.F.S. 

INERTIA REELS AND 

RETRACTORS 

The response to our announce¬ 
ment that these two items have 
been added to our line was fantas¬ 
tic. In addition to the traditional 
uses for this equipment, many novel 
and unusual applications have been 
suggested; however, the question of 
installation methods and limitations 
of the products was raised by sev¬ 
eral customers. 

Generally, the installation is 
achieved by a single-point mounting, 
but should you have any questions 
concerning the installation of these 
items in your equipment, please 
write or telephone and our consult¬ 
ant will advise you accordingly. 

A.S.F.S. AT THE 
NBAA SHOW 

The reaction to our participation 
in the NBAA show in Cincinnati was 
very rewarding and exceeded our ex¬ 
pectations. Hundreds of visitors 
stopped by the booth and quizzed 
our staff concerning the displayed 
restraint systems and inflatables. 

Manning the booth was the East 
Coast regional representative, Mr. 
Don Hall, and our restraint system 
specialist, Mr. ‘Pat’ Cunningham. 
Great interest was shown in the re¬ 
tractor mechanisms exhibited; their 















light weight and small profile drew 
many favorable comments. Also on 
display, and receiving much atten¬ 
tion, were F.A.A. approved life vests 
and life rafts designed for business 
and executive aircraft. 

The show was a great success 
and it was encouraging to see the 
obvious upswing in the biz-jet mar¬ 
ket. 

PERSONALITIES 

Each issue we introduce an em¬ 
ployee who many of you may deal 
with but never get to meet. 


This month . . . 

FRED STEPPINGS 
Contracts Administrator 



A native of Canada, Fred came to 
us seven years ago from Canadair 
in Montreal. Flis prime responsibil¬ 
ity^ aT-Ameffean-^afety Right Sys¬ 
tems is the administration of gov¬ 
ernment contracts; preparation of 
responses to IFB’s and RFQ’s and 
administration of commercial pur¬ 
chase orders pertaining to products 
such as quick disconnects, safety 
valves, pressure reducers and oxy¬ 
gen valves. 

Asked about hobbies, Fred re¬ 
plied, “What hobbies! I’ve just 
bought a new house.” This accounts 
for the fertilizer in his pants cuffs, 
and for reading Better Flomes and 
Gardens during the lunch break; 
however, for information on part 
numbers, prices and deliveries — 
ask Fred. 

MIDWEST 

REPRESENTATION 

We are represented in the mid¬ 
west region (Dallas to Chicago) by 
the George E. FHarris Co. of Tulsa, 
Oklahoma. 

George, who pilots his own air¬ 
plane to cover this large territory, 
has been in the aviation-aerospace 
area for many years and is very fa¬ 
miliar with the American Safety line 
of products. 

To assure our customers top 
quality service, George will attend 
to the A.S.F.S. product line person¬ 


ally, with the full support of factory 
personnel as required, so if you 
need his services, call or write, 

George E. Harris & Co., Inc. 

P.O. Box 837 

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74105 

Phone: (918) 582-8458 

IN ERRATUM 

Oops! We goofed. Two seat belt 
catalog sheets have errors on them 
and we request that you hand 
amend your copies until reprints 
are available. 

Title: “Connectors and Harness Fit¬ 
tings” —Line 2 
Connector shown as 449125 
should be 447983; 

Connector shown as 447983 
should be 449125; 

Connector shown as 448702 
should be 443404; 

Connector shown as 443404 
should be 448702. 

Title: “Seat Belt Extensions” —The 

line drawings at the lower right 
corner are shown in reverse po¬ 
sitions, i.e., the drawing for met- 
al-to-metal extensions is shown 
alongside the cam extension list. 


CAPTION CONTEST 

We failed ... not one of our us¬ 
ually quick witted staff could come 
up with a really good punch line 
for this cartoon. 

We know someone out there can 
do better than the following: 

“This is the only belt drivers 
should have in 1973.” 

“You need a lot of restraint for 
this job.” 


The metal-to-metal extension has 
the buckle at one end and the 
connector at the other. The cam 
extension has the buckle at one 
end and the black plastic tip at 
the other. 

MILITARY PRODUCTS 

The Rocket Jet/ARD Division of 
American Safety Flight Systems has 
received a follow-on production or¬ 
der for RSSK-8A1 survival kits for 
the A4, A7 and S3A U.S. Navy air¬ 
craft. This division is a prime sup¬ 
plier of survival kits used with the 
Douglas ESCAPAC I series ejection 
seat. 

American Safety Flight Systems 
new qualified rigid container for 
multi-place life rafts will undergo 
O.T. & E. in the U.S.A.F. early next 
year in the C-130 and C-141 air¬ 
craft. This concept of packaging in- 
flatables in rigid, protective con¬ 
tainers is expected to increase the 
service life of the rafts by providing 
better protection from the environ¬ 
ment, rough handling, and in-flight 
conditions. 

Those units stored in the aircraft 
wing-wells have a built-in safety de¬ 
vice to puncture the life raft in the 
event of an inadvertent in-flight in¬ 
flation;: ~ 


“I don’t worry about a little ‘rain’- 
deer, but clear air turbulence.” 

A prize is offered — either a 
smart new Buco brand motorcycle 
helmet or a beautiful trouser belt 
from our Krasnow division. The edi¬ 
tor’s warped sense of humor will 
prevail in the final decision and the 
name of the winner will be published 
(unless otherwise requested) in the 
next issue of “On the Safe Side.” 














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OXYGEN, AIR AND 
LIQUID QUICK 
DISCONNECTS 


American Safety Flight Systems 
designs and manufactures a fine 
range of quick disconnects for avi¬ 
ation and industrial purposes. These 
units provide leak-free passage of: 

Oxygen Various Chemicals 

Gases Engine Oils 

Solvents Compressed Air 

Coolants Hydraulic Oils 

The primary use of these quick 
disconnects is in the pitot and static 
line installations on civilian and mil¬ 
itary aircraft. In service, they have 
proven to be extremely reliable, save 
much maintenance test time and 
reduce damage to expensive air¬ 
borne instruments during installa¬ 
tion, removal and bench checks. 

These quick disconnects which 
have been put to many other uses 
in aviation and industrial fields, are 
available with a variety of end fit¬ 
tings, and with or without check 



valves. Positive mechanical bayonet 
locking between the two halves pre¬ 
vent the inadvertent separation of 
mating halves, yet are easily en¬ 
gaged or disengaged manually. A 
visual engagement feature is part 
of each assembly. Two, three, and 


four pin polarity features of the dis¬ 
connect series eliminate the possi¬ 
bility of inadvertently connecting 
incompatible systems. 

We invite your inquiry concern¬ 
ing any application you may have 
for these lightweight items.