Arden Company Gets $6 Million Contract

An Arden company will receive a $6 million contract from the U.S. Air Force research laboratory to create a system to restrain the heads and necks of fighter pilots.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that the contract will go to Survival Innovations Inc. The company will adapt its restraint system for use in aircraft with ejection seats.

Survival Innovations President Leon Rhodes said the concept has the potential to resolve the issue of neck injuries suffered during high-speed ejections.

Several changes are responsible for the need for more protection for pilots' heads and necks, including faster ejection that intensifies the load placed on the head.
Rep. Heath Shuler announced the contract.


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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Sep 9, 2008 at 05:38 AM
    NASCAR has already solved this problem and I am willing to bet they didn't spend 6 million to figure it out. Race cars are definitely not jets, but maybe some variation of what they came up with might work? Just a thought. It seems to be an excessive price tag to come up with this solution...maybe some Jet Jockeys out there have a more educated opinion on this.
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