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Keep the Skinny Birds Flying Safely

Hello, does anyone have any information about adding shoulder harnesses for these little birds? STCs, suppliers, etc?
Thanks! Mark

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A FAA memo went out about 2004 with regards to shoulder harness installations: if they follow best practices, they don’t need an STC.  Whether you pay extra for the TSO’d harness or just get what’s on special at WagAero, is up to you.  I installed the Y type shoulder harnesses in 41VT with the slotted metal bottoms that slide onto the lap belt “tongue” before inserting it into the clasp.  I attached their top ends to the overhead diagonal tubes, where they come together in a V and are welded to the center tube, above the rear stick and the baggage compartment/aft bulkhead.  The aft shoulder harness, when not in use goes on the hat shelf, or down into the baggage sling.  The forward harness is routed through the tubing triangle, by the upper left corner of the windshield, to keep it out of the way when not in use.  If this all jibber-jabber, as Mr. T would say, I could take pictures.  I haven’t even tried to explain how I wrap the upper end of the belt around the diagonal tubes and join them with the 2 slot slider that usually comes with the harness set...

Thanks Andy, I think if I was at the hanger looking at the overhead tubing it would make perfect sense. I’ve often thought about where my face is in relation to the top of the panel if things got ugly. Let alone my trusting passenger..I’ll get some ordered up and I’m sure  some photos would help. No point in reinventing the wheel or wing in this case. 

Cheers!

Mark

Rear seat installation

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Front seat installation

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 stowing the front; attachment to the V’s (zoom in, if you need to); belt tag w/part #

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Hi Andy, I’m sure it’s my analog brain but I can’t seem to access the pictures.

Try going to your local library and see if they come up on one of their computers...or I could email them directly to you.

Got the photos, outstanding! Thanks Andy. I’ll get some ordered up. Much safer than just the lap belts. 

Andy Gelston said:

Try going to your local library and see if they come up on one of their computers...or I could email them directly to you.

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