Aviation Safety Resources Secures U.S. Patent for Smart Recovery System

Technology Promises to be Game Changer for General Aviation Safety, Interest from Potential Partners Increases

Jul 10, 2012, 06:22 ET from Aviation Safety Resources

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aviation Safety Resources (ASR), a pioneer in life-saving safety systems for small aircraft, today announced that it has been awarded patent No. 8200379 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its Smart Recovery System for General Aviation Aircraft. Dario P. Manfredi, ASR president, and Robert LaFrance, chief technical advisor, filed the patent, which covers 20 claims. The new patent adds to two others already awarded to the family-owned aviation technology company for its TriChute Safe Landing System.

Applying sensor systems currently available in commercial and military aircraft to general aviation aircraft, the Smart Recovery System detects the environment in which the aircraft is operating and makes decisions based on monitoring data. The system immediately evaluates an emergency situation, identifies the devices and systems available on the aircraft, and then automatically deploys the appropriate device and/or system in the safest manner unless overridden by the pilot.

Manfredi said the Smart Recovery System is designed to deploy whatever safety systems are available on the aircraft to rectify an in-flight emergency. "Among the devices and systems deployed are verbal warning systems, fire extinguisher systems, autopilot, flight control systems, airbags and ballistic parachute recovery systems including the TriChute Safe Landing System," he said. "Avionics companies have made great strides in creating new features, however, none begin with a comprehensive diagnostic and instant awareness or offer the integrated solutions promised by our Smart Recovery System."

ASR's intellectual property portfolio also includes patents for the TriChute Safe Landing System (U.S. Patent Numbers 5,009,374 and 7934682) proven and tested in 1967 by Manfredi's father, Dario J. Manfredi, using a specially equipped Stinson Voyager in an FAA-sanctioned flight at Lakehurst (NJ) Naval Air Station. The system is designed to equip general aviation aircraft with a pilot-controlled mechanism that lands passengers and aircraft safely in the event of an in-flight emergency. The technology activates a series of ballistic systems that separate the passenger compartment from the fuel containing wings and deploys three parachutes that bring the passengers and wings down in separate, controlled level landings.

"This latest patent award comes at a time when my family and the entire ASR team are mourning the loss of Dr. Louis Hanson, the pilot who had purchased the reconditioned Stinson Voyager used in the original TriChute test flight," Manfredi said. "Dr. Hanson and his beloved plane were lost in a tragic accident off the coast of Maine on June 24th. Mixed with our sadness is frustration that ASR safety technology is not yet available to pilots. If the Smart Recovery and TriChute Safe Landing systems were on his plane, Dr. Hanson may have survived. In his memory, we pledge to redouble our efforts to bring this life-saving technology to market and will not stop until the unnecessary loss of life in general aviation accidents is averted once and for all."

Videos of the TriChute test flight and interviews with Dr. Hanson can be viewed at http://aviationsafetyresources.com/content/view/18/33/.

ASR continues to seek investors and partners who want to get in on the ground floor of its emerging technology and currently is in discussions with a number of avionics companies.  For more information about the company's technology visit www.aviationsafetyresources.com.  For information about investment and partnership opportunities contact Dario Manfredi at 908-347-8246 or dario.manfredi@aviationsafetyresources.com  

About Aviation Safety Resources
Aviation Safety Resources, based in Florham Park, NJ, is a patent-holding family-owned company founded in 2000 by Dario P. Manfredi to commercialize recovery systems for general aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles. The company holds three patented inventions, with the potential to create revenue in excess of $44 million in the $150 billion general aviation market.  The company is supported by the ASR Innovation Team, a blue-ribbon panel of experts in avionics, ballistics, parachutes, FAA certification and business development. ASR promises to define a new era in general aviation safety. For more information, please visit www.aviationsafetyresources.com.

Lynette F. Viviani

SOURCE Aviation Safety Resources