A PILOT RESTRAINT SYSTEM FOR THE 'MOBA 2C' GLIDER
Keywords:Structures, Design, Safety
AbstractThe MOBA 2 pilot compartment was designed to optimize comfort, performance, and safety. These considerations are not in conflict and for all three reasons a low profile supine seating postion is adopted. In this paper I shall be dealing with only the safety aspect. The two belt system used in the MOBA 2C design produces a reliable restraint system. Four-point harnesses, normally used in sailplanes, exhibit serious design faults when the pilot is not seated fully upright. Harnesses with bulky padding may be particuiarly dangerous. In flight, these problems may not be obvious because the hump normally found at the front of the seat holds the pilot in position. Under emergency alighting loads, this hump may not prevent the pilot sliding forward if the lap straps are rendered ineffective by any of the reasons mentioned.
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