Ballistic Recovery Systems Announces FAA Approval of Parachute Installation System for Symphony Aircraft Symphony Offering Whole Airplane Parachute as Factory Option

    SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ballistic
 Recovery Systems, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:   BRSI)
 ( ), a manufacturer of whole-airplane parachute
 recovery systems for general aviation and recreational aircraft, announced
 today it has received the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA for
 the Symphony SA 160. This latest approval, BRS's 4th, is the first one
 available directly from the aircraft manufacturer as a factory-installed
     "The patented, light weight, fast-acting BRS parachute system will offer
 an exceptional degree of safety to the Symphony -- one of the newest high wing
 FAA Part 23 certified aircraft designs," said Larry E. Williams, BRS CEO.
 Part 23, of the Federal Aviation Regulations, sets safety and design standards
 for newly certified aircraft.
     "The BRS system is yet another example of the excellent technologies
 available on the SA 160. We are committed to the rebirth of the two-place
 market, and are proud to be the first manufacturer of two-place aircraft to
 offer the parachute installation as a factory option. Our customers appreciate
 the choices we offer," said Paul Costanzo, Symphony Aircraft President and
     "Cirrus took a revolutionary step in personal aircraft transportation when
 they made the BRS parachute system, known as CAPS(TM), standard equipment on
 all of their aircraft. The recent approval for the Symphony has been tested to
 the same level. I am happy to see Symphony become the first aircraft
 manufacturer to adopt the BRS parachute as an option on factory new aircraft,"
 said Williams.
     BRS, Inc. pioneered the concept of general aviation whole aircraft
 parachute systems in the early 80's and is the industry's leading
 manufacturer.  "With the cooperation of Symphony engineering," said Williams,
 "we've been able to create an improved installation that is lighter in weight
 and optimizes center of gravity.  Additional improvements include the BRS
 deployment handle cover which has a unique safety latch that keeps the handle
 in clear view and allows for quick and safe release by either the pilot or the
     "This innovation was a result of Symphony's commitment to the parachute as
 an integral part of the plane," said Brent Torgerson - BRS Program Engineering
     In Ballistic Recovery Systems' 25-year history, BRS has sold over 20,000
 onboard emergency parachute systems to aircraft owners around the world,
 including over 2,500 systems on certified aircraft like the Cirrus Design SR
 series.  BRS units to date have been documented in saving 181 lives with 9 of
 them in Certified Aircraft.
     For more information on BRS contact: Larry E. Williams; BRS, Inc: Fleming
 Field, 300 Airport Road; South St. Paul, MN 55075; USA
 ( ) TEL 651.457.7491 ; FAX 651.457.8651. For
 more information on Symphony Aircraft, visit
 or contact Tim Baldwin at 309-799-5811 or Jim Moore, JPM Marketing
 Communication at 952-881-4464.
     The forward looking matters discussed here should be considered subject to
 risks and uncertainties, including market fluctuations, pricing, procurement,
 manufacturing efficiencies, the results of litigation and other risks that
 could cause the actual results to differ materially from those projected.  For
 more information, review the company's filings with the Securities and
 Exchange Commission, particularly the Company's annual report on Form 10-KSB.

SOURCE Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc.

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