AmSafe and Four Winds Aircraft Sign Commercial Agreement Offering Seat Belt Airbags as Options on 'SUV of the Air'

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 26, 2005--

  Four Winds Aircraft seats can be outfitted with the AmSafe Inflatable Restraint System (AAIR(R)) as optional protective equipment  

“AmSafe is equally pleased to be working with Four Winds Aircraft to further enhance the safety of those who fly with the latest in airbag technology. Anyone who flies should have the same level of airbag protection in the aircraft as the vehicle driven to the airport.”



AmSafe Aviation of Phoenix, and Four Winds Aircraft of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., recently signed a commercial agreement naming AmSafe as the sole provider of inflatable restraints as options on the FX-210 and FX-250T aircraft, which are identical with the exception of engine sizes. Four Winds aircraft are known for their speed, performance, extra head and leg room, and overall safety features.

AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraints (AAIR(R)) are currently well-known and accepted seat belt restraints onboard commercial airlines. The general aviation and business jet markets have followed the lead of commercial airlines by embracing this innovative safety technology for pilots, crew members and passengers.

New Four Winds Aircraft customers will soon have AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraints (AAIR(R)) available to them as cost-effective, reliable, lightweight solutions for additional protection and safety on all Four Winds FX-210 and FX-250T turbine engine general aviation aircraft. Certification and fielding of the AAIR(R) on Four Winds Aircraft is expected later this year. To learn more about Four Winds Aircraft, visit their Web site at www.fourwindsaircraft.com.

"We're excited about the marvelous steps that have been made in general aviation safety with respect to the AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraint (AAIR(R)). AmSafe offers a level of customer service that is unbelievable, including quick response time to inquiries about the AAIR(R). Overall customer response to AAIR(R) safety technology has been overwhelmingly positive," stated Four Winds President Jeff Rahm.

AmSafe Aviation General Manager Joe Smith, said, "AmSafe is equally pleased to be working with Four Winds Aircraft to further enhance the safety of those who fly with the latest in airbag technology. Anyone who flies should have the same level of airbag protection in the aircraft as the vehicle driven to the airport."

While well-known and respected in the commercial aviation business, the AAIR(R) is fast gaining more recognition and use in the general aviation field as a highly desirable, affordable safety product featured onboard many aircraft. Currently, AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraints (AAIR(R)) are found in 10 general aviation original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and on-board 21 different aircraft models. AmSafe Aviation has secured four supplemental type certificates (STCs) and one type certificate (TC) which confirms the exceptional safety technology found in this seatbelt air bag. To date, 5,000 AAIR(R) units have been shipped out to protect those who fly. For more information about the AAIR(R) or AmSafe Aviation, visit www.amsafeaviation.com.

About AmSafe Inc.

AmSafe Aviation, a division of AmSafe Inc., is the world leader in aviation restraint systems and airbag technology. AmSafe introduced the FAA-certified AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraint (AAIR(R)) in 2001. Since that inaugural date, AmSafe AAIRs(R) have flown millions of flight hours while operating safely and trouble-free. While AmSafe's traditional restraints remain standard in aircraft of virtually every major airline worldwide and countless private aircraft, they also provide safety for aircraft crews in most airliner types.

AmSafe Inc. is the world leader in safety & securement equipment for the aerospace, defense and ground transportation industries. Products include seat belts, restraints, airbags, cargo and barrier nets, camouflage, slings including rotorcraft underslung, tie-downs and cabin interior textiles. Services include worldwide defense and commercial aviation distribution. Nearly every commercial aircraft in the world carries AmSafe products.

AmSafe is headquartered in Phoenix, and operates manufacturing and service facilities across the globe. AmSafe Inc. is focused and committed to providing quality products and timely, cost-effective solutions to customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.amsafe.com.

About Four Winds Aircraft

Four Winds Aircraft is a Florida-based, experimental aircraft company which offers the ultimate in performance, passenger comfort and safety. The company supplies a full range of services, including concept, design, engineering and manufacturing. The 54,000-sq.-ft. facilities have been designed for the fastest production times in the kit plane industry. Located on the east coast of Florida in the heart of Florida's composite and marine manufacturing industry, Four Winds has been providing the aviation industry a variety of design, development, fabrication, testing and repair activities, in addition to the production of our FX series aircraft.

AAIR(R) is a registered trademark of AmSafe Inc.

Contacts

AmSafe Aviation, Phoenix
Bill Hagan, 602-850-2820
Bhagan@amsafe.com
Laura Neel, 480-344-4710
lneel@amsafe.com
or
Four Winds Aircraft LLC, New Smyrna Beach
Jeff Rahm, 386-426-7795
JeffRahm@fourwindsaircraft.com

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