Air Travel Safety
The NJK plans to make its travel environment as safe and reassuring as possible for its users. It will go further in implementing emergency safety features to, particularly, its aircrafts. One of these features will be to have parachute packs available for passengers in case a plane in distress in flight leaves no better option than to be evacuated. These parachutes will be embedded in the backs of passenger seats, thus not adding much additional weight to the aircraft, and being readily accessible. The bottom deck of a passenger airplane will be a specially designed area with about doors spaced at about m ( ft) intervals. The design of this deck will allow all its evacuation doors to be opened while in full flight without affecting the stability and safety of the aircraft. It is calculated that a plane with an initial altitude of ~ m ( ft) and descending while gliding (engines will be cut off to enable glide) at a rate of about meters per second ( fps) will give passengers, if the emergency jumps took places between the altitudes of m ( ft) and m ( ft): minutes to get ready and then a relatively lengthy seconds between individual jumps, with the aircraft touching down over m ( ft) away from the spot of the last jumps. NJK Citizen will also be required to take simulated practice jumps, in specially equipped facilities, (with mock plane fuselages, wind tunnels and all) prior to taking their first flight and at future times and if need be as long as they need to until they feel comfortable with the evacuation process. A related, but on-the-ground, evacuation test on the new Airbus 380 [w/photos], managed to evacuate 873 passngers within 90 seconds, using only 8 of 16 doors. This gives a good idea of what can be done within + minutes using up to doors.
Each parachute pack will also be equipped with a GPS locator system in order to allow rescue crews to quickly find all passengers who would have been spread out over a calculated, linear distanece of km ( mi) long. Barometric devices can also be used, as a safety measure, to automatically deploy the parachute at a preset altitude.
Also, with most of the flight of an NJK aircraft taking place over waters, it will be seen if aircrafts can also be equipped with sort of undercarriage inflatable airbags which would inflated in case an emergency that doesn’t allow enough time for parachute evacuations to be fully completed. These airbags, made with thin, equivalently stronger than steel flexible materials, would provide enough additional volume and surface area to the aircraft so that it would float upon the surface of the waters, even despite an impact, rather than it slicing through the waters and being submerged. Frame parachutes on the aircraft itself will also be added, to lessen the plane's impact force.
May 28, 2008