FastEddieB Posted December 26, 2013 Report Share Posted December 26, 2013 I think it was on this site that I've been encouraged to add lap belts to my Sky Arrow. This shows the existing setup - two shoulder straps hooked to a "crotch strap": Here's a link to the FAA's recommendation: http://www.tdatacorp...ib/CE-11-02.htm I queried the factory, and this was the quote I was given for the revised, 5-point belts (the first item): Quite a bit more than I anticipated just to get lap belts. Bearing in mind I'm Experimental, I'm left with a variety of options... 1) Do nothing. In 35+ years of flying I've never had a case where this addition would have made any difference, and it's pretty unlikely in the next decade or two I will both have an accident and that injuries due to that accident would be exacerbated by not having lap belts. 2) Just add lap belts. They'd cost about $60 each, and fabricating mounts should be easy (see link to install instructions below). Only disadvantage I can see is having two release mechanisms to futz within an emergency. 3) Swap out for a complete harness (non-factory). Something like this: Total cost around $550 when all is said and done. 4) Or just bite the bullet and do it the factory way, for what I'm sure will be close to $1,200 (!) Of course, that upgrades my plane to what the factory provides now, and might enhance resale value. Still, being on a budget that is one heck of a lot of money for just the security of lap belts front and back. On the other hand, it is a $75,000 plane, so $1,200 to keep it "just so" might be arguable. Anyway, my annual is in March and that's when I'd like to decide by. Open to any thoughts - I'm right now leaning to just adding lap belts. Here's the link to the install instructions for the factory belts to show how they attach: https://www.dropbox....IONSA_01-10.doc Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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