“The Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) is credited with saving the lives of 192 people in 96 successful chute deployments”, according to Ian Pruden, Vice President of P.F. Flyers based at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina. Per Cirrus Aircraft maintenance requirements, CAPS need to be overhauled every 10 years. “As the fleet of Cirrus aircraft continues to grow and age, the need for experienced and authorized maintenance shops increases. Cirrus expects that between now and next year 480 aircraft in the United States will be due for a CAPS overhaul,” added Pruden.
“Many people have heard of parachutes on people but most people aren’t aware they can be attached to an aircraft. CAPS is the ultimate backup for those rarest and most inconceivable emergency situations. It has been used in many scenarios including ones involving a pilot having life threatening medical issues. Activating the parachute is simple. Anyone in the airplane can do it. All they have to do is reach up above the pilot’s shoulder and pull a red handle”, stated Pruden. With a simple pull of the red T-handle, the rocket-propelled parachute system deploys and lowers the entire airplane back to the ground while passengers are still safely inside the protected environment of the aircraft, according to the Cirrus Aircraft website.
"About 20 Cirrus Aircraft are based at GMU. They are a popular choice for those looking to purchase a new, or relatively new, aircraft. I think, in part, due to the fact that they come with the first FAA certified aircraft parachute safety system,” stated GMU’s Airport Director Joe Frasher. “P.F. Flyers will be able to service these aircraft as well as those who want to come to Greenville for CAPS maintenance work”, added Frasher.
“Aircraft owners that are based at airports without an authorized service center with the authorization to overhaul CAPS, will many times look to find a nice place to visit or conduct business while their aircraft is being maintained”, stated Pruden. “GMU’s location, just three miles from Greenville’s award winning downtown, is a great location for visitors to find great things. GMU has several things to do on the field. People can eat at the Runway Cafe, visit the MHCC Military History Museum or take their kids to play at the aviation-themed, Runway Park. A short distance from the airport, the city of Greenville is a hard location to beat because of our unique restaurants, museums, BMW Performance Driving School, and Swamp Rabbit Trail!” Pruden declared.
About Cirrus Aircraft
Cirrus Aircraft is the recognized global leader in personal aviation and the maker of the best-selling SR Series piston aircraft. Founded in 1984, the company has redefined performance, comfort and safety in aviation with innovations like the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®) – the first FAA-certified whole-airframe parachute safety system included as standard equipment on an aircraft. For more information about Cirrus Aircraft CAPS, please visit https://www.cirrusapproach.com/caps-training/
About P.F. Flyers
P. F. Flyers is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 145 Repair Station; an authorized Cirrus Service Center as well as an Aspen, Garmin, JPI and L3 Dealer. For more information about P. F. Flyers please visit http://pffly.com/ or contact Ian Pruden at 864-252-4289 or Ian@pffly.com
About Greenville Downtown Airport
The Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) is the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina and is a self-sufficient entity with financial strength that doesn't rely on local taxpayers for funding. GMU is home to Greenville Jet Center, the largest Fixed Base Operation (FBO) in the state, as well as more than 15 other aviation-related businesses creating 547 jobs that annually contribute more than $68.8 million to the Upstate economy. For more information about GMU please visit http://www.greenvilledowntownairport.com or contact Joe Frasher at 864-242-4777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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