29 Nov '13, 6pm

Ejection seat safety: Senators push for review

Ejection seat safety: Senators push for review

Two senators are pressing the Air Force to review the safety of its ejection seats following last month’s announcement that an F-16 pilot was killed when he punched out during a steep dive. Sens. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., have introduced an amendment to the fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization bill that calls on the Air Force to assess the risks of the current ejection seats. The service must investigate whether helmet equipment, such as a night vision or a helmet-mounted cueing system, can cause an increased risk of death or serious injury. Under the amendment, the Air Force also must analyze how ejection seats protect the head, neck and spinal cord during ejection; analyze any initiatives currently looking at making the ejection process safer; and update Congress on the status of any testing or qualifications on upgraded ejection seats. The amendme...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20131129/NEWS05/3112...

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