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Development of European specifications for improved infant and child restraint devices (air transport)


The IMPCHRESS project concerns improvements in the safety of children whilst travelling in aircraft, particularly in the event of a survivable accident or dangerous aviation incident.

Research has clearly established that infants/children are not safety restrained whilst travelling in aircraft under the currently adopted regulations.

The objective of the project is to substantially contribute toward the improved safety of infants/children involved in survivable aircraft accidents by:

1. Increasing the awareness of the situation and giving a factual report on the issues involved, by the production of a comprehensive "Present State Document" which, amongst other matters, will study and report upon, in
Part I: Relevant operational statistics; existing infant/children restraint practice, both in Europe and the USA; the effectiveness of same in the protection of infant/child passengers; the adopted position or attitude of regulatory authorities, consumer and safety groups, trade unions/bodies and air transport operators; and in
Part II: make an assessment of the technical feasibility and operational practicability of introducing improved infant/child restraints in aircraft. In order to make Parts I and II of this document as easy and ready to use as is possible, extensive use will be made of Annexes containing detailed information and statistics. All of these Annexes will be contained in Part III of the document. The whole document becomes IMPCHRESS - Deliverable "D1".

2. The development of a "European Specification for Infant Passenger Restraints in Aircraft" as a proposal for the modification of current certification and operational requirements that have been developed by the Joint Aviation Authorities such that infant/child passengers may have similar protection and chance of survival as their adult companions, IMPCHRESS - Deliverable "D2".

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Meon House, Petersfield,
GU32 3JN Petersfield
United Kingdom

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