A conversation about aircraft parachute systems with the founder of Ballistic Recovery Systems, HondaJet certification, the Cirrus Vision SF50, British Airways displeasure with Heathrow expansion plans, abandoned 747 freighters, and efficient but not accurate airport firefighters. Also, the Millennium Falcon, the Handley Page Herald turboprop, ATC job opportunities, and WATS tables.
Boris Popov is the inventor of the Ballistic Recovery Parachute, which has saved hundreds of lives. In 1975, Boris survived a 400-foot fall in a collapsed hang glider and the incident led Boris to invent the whole-aircraft parachute system and to found Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS) in 1980. BRS introduced their first parachute for the ultralight aircraft market in 1982, and in 1983 the system had its first save of an aircraft and crew.
In 1998 the company collaborated with Cirrus Aircraft to develop the first recovery parachute system used on a type-certified aircraft, the Cirrus SR20. Since the