Powered Ascender for Pilot Extraction

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-05-C-0251
Agency Tracking Number: F041-128-0888
Amount: $749,904.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-128
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
3000-B Conestoga Drive, Carson City, NV, 89706
DUNS: 146478701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Jacobson
 (775) 882-8100
Business Contact
 Cathryn Jacobson
Title: Vice President
Phone: (775) 882-8100
Email: mcj@quointech.com
Research Institution
The Air Force has identified a need for a system that provides improved firefighter and rescue personnel access to cockpits and speeds pilot extraction under ground emergency conditions. Emergency personnel must be able to open the canopy, accomplish engine shutdown, make the ejection system safe, and extract the pilot during ground emergencies. The proximity of engine inlets to the cockpit and the toughness of modern canopies prevent successful application of traditional approaches to pilot extraction. There is a significant risk of damage to high value-aircraft components and low-observable surface finishes during recurring live aircraft training involving simulated pilot extraction. The system must be easily carried by one person, be fire resistant, and compatible with aircraft and high-value aircraft parts. The system must also be safe for fire or rescue personnel to use for emergency situations. In Phase I Quoin developed and demonstrated a heavywall hardware design for a lightweight (approximately 6 pounds) PowerQuick Powered Personal Ascender and Pilot Access stand that meets all requirements for safe pilot extraction. In Phase II Quoin will design, test and deliver a fully-deployable Pilot Access System consisting of the Pilot Access Stand and Powered Ascender. Quoin will market the system under the name PARS.

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