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FAA’s Aerospace Medical Research—Cabin Safety

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FAA CAMI’s Flexible Aircraft Cabin Simulator (FlexSim). (Photo credit: IZone Crew at CAMI)

The Cabin Safety Team of the FAA’s Aerospace Medical Research Division monitors passenger egress and survival in a variety of conditions. A life-size Flexible Aircraft Cabin Simulator (FlexSim) is used to assess the impacts of tilt, smoke, and other factors that could influence the ability to safely exit in the event of a crash. The size of the FlexSim can be varied, including the number of passenger rows, to mimic different aircraft capacities. When not in use for research, the FlexSim serves as a simulator for cabin safety workshops and other events.

The Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) is the medical certification, education, research, and occupational medicine wing of the Office of Aerospace Medicine under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Aviation Safety.  The mission of the Aerospace Medical Research Division is “to develop new and innovative ways to support FAA regulatory and advisory missions to improve the safety of humans in civilian aerospace operations” by applying science, medicine, bioengineering, and technology.

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