September 29, 2021
Source: U.S. Access Board
Dr. Jette reviewed the overall task of assessing and evaluating the technical feasibility for equipping passenger aircraft with in-cabin securement systems for power and manual wheelchairs. He explained that the Committee examined the design, engineering, and safety requirements for installation and use of securement systems, injury criteria limits, and the implications on FAA regulations and policies on airworthiness, crashworthiness, and other safety requirements. Weissel discussed the results, including door width clearances, interior modifications, maneuvering space, and WC-19 compliant wheelchairs.
The presenters concluded with recommendations for next steps in moving forward with researching and implementing in-cabin wheelchair securement systems in passenger aircraft. The presentation was followed by an informative question-and-answer session, where the four presenters responded to written questions submitted by attendees.
A recording of the session is available on the Board’s YouTube Channel The Committee’s report and presentation, as well as other information on the study, are available on the Board’s Aircraft webpage To receive updates on aircraft wheelchair access, sign up for the Board’s News e-subscription
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