Mobile Aircrew Crashworthy Seating Systems for Helicopters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-6880
Agency Tracking Number: F081-005-0184
Amount: $99,973.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-005
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
305 N. 54th Street, Chandler, AZ, 85226
DUNS: 961353422
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ken-An Lou
 Chief Scientist
 (480) 598-5723
Business Contact
 William Perciballi
Title: President
Phone: (480) 598-5701
Research Institution
This Phase I program would examine the feasibility of developing an innovative mobile aircrew crashworthy seating prototype that allows the cabin crewmembers the freedom to perform the majority of their airborne tasks but also allows for easy and rapid repositioning or stowing of the seat to accommodate cargo/troop ingress/egress, hoist operations, etc. The seating system will provide adequate crew protection and restraint during a crash pulse at least equivalent to the flight crew seats. Also we will develop and evaluate differnet EA and restraint technology concepts that have been suggested and developed to provide the best possible crash protection to the entire aircrew population. We will demonstrate design success via computer modeling/simulation and prototype testing. This SBIR Phase I will yield a quantitative set of seat design guidelines and models that can be implemented to military helicopter and civil rotorcraft. Later Phase II studies could include more engineering development and prototype seat tests.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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