FAA general aviation seat belt and seating requirement proposal

FAA general aviation seat belt and seating requirement proposal

29-Jun-2011 Source: HAI

On June 23, the FAA issued a proposal to clarify the use of seat belts and seating requirements of General Aviation flights pertaining to 14 CFR 91.107(a)(3). Prior interpretations of the law state that the shared use of a single restraint may be permissible.

The proposed clarification states that the use of a seat belt and/or seat by more than one occupant is appropriate only if: The seat belt is approved and rated for such use; the structural strength requirements for the seat are not exceeded; and the seat usage conforms with the limitations contained in the approved portion of the Airplane Flight Manual. The proposed clarification also emphasizes that the proper restraint method for children during operations conducted under part 91 relies on the good judgment of the pilot, who should be intimately aware of the capabilities and structural requirements of the aircraft that he or she is operating.

The FAA is asking for comments related to the proposed clarification by August 22, 2011.

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