>I purchased Hooker Quickies
><<http://www.hookerharness.com/>http://www.hookerharness.com/> for my
>older Musketeer that does not
>have shoulder belts. As long as you don't have passengers in the rear
>seat (the Quickies attach to the rear seat belt) this a low cost ($35?)
>option for shoulder restraint, keeping you out of the panel and away
>from the headliner.

The complaint I have with this method is the ANGLE at which the shoulder
harness leaves the shoulder. AC 43.13-2B has information on the minimum
angles that are permissible, because of the potential for SPINAL
COMPRESSION in the event of a significant load on the harness.

At the very least, you want the harness to go straight back from the
shoulder. It should NEVER angle down behind the user.

There is a very good reason why all automotive shoulder restraints are at a
higher mounting point than the shoulder of the user. Not all aircraft
systems do this, but the FAA now requires all NEW installations to meet the
standards set out in AC 43.13-2B.

The Hooker "Quickie" style are not an alteration, therefore not supervised
or approved by the FAA. They fall in the same category as portable GPS and
handheld Coms, they are removable equipment and not part of the aircraft.

They are better than a face full of instruments, but they pose a serious
health risk in the form of potentially lethal back injury.

Bob Steward, A&P IA
Birmingham, AL


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