Qual-Pro’s electronics helped save this pilot’s life

LOS ANGELES, CA – August 30, 2010 – “Mission critical” and “high-reliability” are two terms that describe the concern and attention-to-detail Qual-Pro gives to products like ejection seat control electronics.  As seen in the video link below, Canadian Air Force Captain Brian Bews’ life was seconds from ending if his seat did not eject properly.  Qual-Pro had an important role in saving his life. His F/A-18 Hornet failed approximately 100 feet above the ground.  When he pulled the ejection handle, the electronics Qual-Pro built went in to action.  

“Ejection seat control electronics are one of the many types of aerospace and defense electronics we build.  From perimeter security devices for forward operating bases in Afghanistan to unmanned aerial vehicle sensors and from submarine electronics to rocket engine controllers, we are diligent about protecting those who protect us…on land, sea and air.” said Brian Shane, Qual-Pro’s Chief Executive Officer.

The obvious purpose of an ejection seat is pilot survival during an extreme emergency. The pilot typically experiences an acceleration of 12–14gs after pulling the ejection handle. Modern ejection seats are rocket powered enabling the pilot to clear the aircraft before a parachute is deployed.  For the F/A-18, they must work in conditions from ground level to 50,000 feet above the ground and from stationary to ~1,200 miles per hour.  Additionally, they must right the pilot in the event of a banked or inverted ejection, as was the case with Captain Bews. These extreme operating requirements translate into very complex electronics.

“Not everything we build is as complex and life saving as the electronics in ejection seats.  However, everything we build we build as if it were essential to our customers’ survival.  We treat all our products as if they were mission critical; our dedicated manufacturing team understands that.  Without our team’s attention to detail, we could not be our customers’ manufacturing arm.” continued Shane.