SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BRSI) ( http://BRSparachutes.com ), 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 option. "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 CEO. "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 passenger." "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 Manager. 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 (LarryWilliams@BRSparachutes.com ) TEL 651.457.7491 ; FAX 651.457.8651. For more information on Symphony Aircraft, visit http://www.symphonyaircraft.com 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.
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