Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS)

The Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) is a revolutionary life-saving feature designed to provide the ultimate level of safety for the Cirrus Design SR2X fleet.

Tests show CAPS takes only

8 seconds

to reduce forward velocity to zero.

When CAPS is used, you are
13X more likely
to survive
a Cirrus plane accident. (source: Study by Wright State University)

253 survivors
have returned to their families
as of March 2023.

No person has died
when CAPS deployed higher than 1000 feet above 
the ground (and slower than Vne airspeed of 200 knots indicated).
A technical drawing of CAPS

CAPS saves lives

Designed for use with multiple Cirrus aircraft, CAPS consists of a large ballistic rocket-fired parachute attached to the airframe. The rocket ensures that the parachute deploys successfully despite altitude, spin, or inversion, while a slow inflation rate and reefed risers allow for rapid transition to stable altitude under canopy.

Tests demonstrate that within 8 seconds all forward velocity is reduced to zero (relative to wind) and descent occurs at about 1700 fpm or 17 knots or 20 mph. The parachute deployment airspeed was demonstrated at Vpd of 133 knots. The demonstrated loss of altitude was 400 feet from level flight and 920 feet from initiation of a 1-1/2 turn spin. Four CAPS deployments occurred successfully at higher speeds, 168, 171, 187, and 190 knots indicated airspeed, and one deployment failed at an airspeed estimated at over 300 knots airspeed.

Pull Early, Pull Often!

Annual survival rates have increased dramatically with the proper use of CAPS

CAPS saves


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