As a matter of course, safety is always our top priority during design and manufacturing of all our products.
An example for this is the traditional welded central fuselage steel frame, proven for many decades, which induces any forces from the undercarriage directly into the wings and thus spares the fuselage shell as far as possible.
Whenever we design a new sailplane, we take intensive effort to further improve the passive safety of our cockpits, matching and often exceeding current design regulations.
In addition to the standard built-in safety features, Schempp-Hirth offers additional options that can save lives.
The total rescue system, designed and certified by Hans-Jörg Streifeneder's Glasfaser Flugzeug-Service, is the most consequent rescue mechanism and provides utmost safety in the case of any mid-air incident that leaves your glider in an uncontrollable state.
An drogue parachute is ejected by an explosive charge and opens within fractions of a second. The drogue parachute rapidly extends the main parachute, which then safely gets pilot and glider back to the ground.
Reaching the ground is damped by the 45° hit angle of the fuselage, followed by the rotating undercarriage wheel, sparing pilot and aircraft. Normally, no damage will occur to the glider.
This EASA certified total rescue system requires little maintenance and can be included into the standard yearly inspection performed by the certified inspector normally inspecting your sailplane.
The first scheduled, specific inspection is due after three years and a comprehensive inspection will have to be performed after six years. Both inspections can be performed by the manufacturer or any certified maintenance company. The total rescue system is currently certified for a 16-year lifetime.
The NOAH (German: Not-Ausstiegs-Hilfe, meaning Emergney exit assist) is designed to shorten the time and effort required in the critical situation when you have to bail out of the cockpit and rely on your parachute to reach the ground safely. Once activated, the system unfastens your seatbelt and lifts you up to the cockpit rim within a second, dramatically accelerating and easing the bail-out process.
The NOAH emergency exit assist system consists of a trigger unit with trigger handle, an opening mechanism for the safety harness and an under-seat airbag that is blown up by nitrogen from a pressurized container after the trigger has been pulled, lifting the pilot to the cockpit rim within a second. If NOAH is used together with an automatic parachute, the emergency bail out procedure will be more or less automatic after operation of the NOAH handle.
For security reasons, the trigger can only be pulled after ejecting the canopy. When the system gets activated, the safety harness will be opened before the airbag is blown up.
Please note: The NOAH system does not replace an emergency parachute!
The NOAH emergency exit assist system is available for most single seat glider. Look at your favourite glider if the option NOAH is stated.
The NOAH emergency exit assist system can be retrofitted in most of our single seat glider if they come with the option tilt-up instrument panel.