L mencan S SSS5 DECEMBER 1972 onJthe side 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.” vsn mb aaiNiad di|4 UO ONI ‘SIAI31SAS 1H9I1J A13JVS NVOma^V Z16I © I02I6 VINdOJIlVO ‘31VC1N310 3HN3AV !VdlN33 QNVH9 HSl ONI ‘SIN31SAS 1H9IU AJL3JVS NV3IU3WV ___ J 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.