Frequently Asked Questions

3 Point Diagonal Shoulder Harness Restraint Systems

HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED THE STC KIT OR NOT?
If you currently have factory installed shoulder harnesses, you do not need the STC Kit. If you have an aircraft that had the option of shoulder harnesses, check behind the headliner. The attachment points may be there. If they are, you do not need the STC Kit. Mooneyís, Cessna Cardinals and Cessna 200 Series aircraft can add or upgrade using our Minor Change Kit. No STC is required.

 

DO I NEED AN STC TO CHANGE FROM THE FIXED STRAP TO AN INERTIAL REEL BELT?
No. Your are upgrading existing equipment. The only time an STC is required is if you are drilling, welding or modifying the airframe.

 

WHAT DO I GET WITH THE STC KIT?
Our STC Kits include everything needed for 2 seats - Pilot and Co-Pilot. This would be the Shoulder harnesses, lap belts, all new assemblies, all required parts and hardware, 8130-3 Airworthiness Certificate, STC Authorization, Detailed Installation Manual.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH THE REPLACEMENTS or UPGRADES?
When replacing an existing set up, or upgrading your current system to Inertial Reel, you will receive a shoulder harness, and a lap belt, all new assemblies and an 8130-3 Airworthiness Certificate. These are sold per seat (1) and are interchangeable so it applys to either the pilot or co-pilot position. The Cessna Inertial Reel Upgrade includes 4 small washers.

WHY CANíT I JUST ADD SHOULDER HARNESSES WITHOUT THE STC KIT?
There are a few aircraft that can use a Minor Change Kit to add shoulder harnesses; Cessna 177/177A, Cessna 205/206/210 and Mooney M20. For all other aircraft without factory installed shoulder harnesses, a secure attachment point is required. If the aircraft had the option of factory installed shoulder harnesses, the nut plate (attachment point) may be hidden behind your headliner. If it is not, you will need the FAA approved STC Kit.

 

THE BEECHCRAFT STC KIT
There is only one thing that shows on the outside of the aircraft, and that's the 1/2" diameter hole on the door post that is required to sufficiently tighten the bolt. There was just no good way around this. Our kit includes a plug for that hole that is tight so that moisture does not get into it. This plug is made of a paintable plastic that can be painted to match your exterior. We've left this plug visible in the photo found on the STC page so you can see the location and size.

 

MY LAP BELTS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION - CAN I GET JUST THE SHOULDER HARNESS PORTION?
Mixing and matching is not recommended. The reasons: 1. We don’t know that the pin on the lap belt, and the attachment it connects to on the shoulder harness, will mate properly ensuring a secure fit. 2. Your TSO Tags have to match.

 

I HAVE A FIXED STRAP SHOULDER HARNESS IN MY PLANE NOW BUT IíD LIKE TO UPGRADE TO INERTIAL REEL. CAN I GET JUST THE SHOULDER HARNESS PORTION?
Unfortunately, no. The reasons: 1. We don’t know that the pin on the lap belt, and the attachment it connects to on the shoulder harness, will mate properly ensuring a secure fit. 2. Your TSO Tags have to match.
 
CAN I SEND MY BELTS TO YOU AND HAVE THEM REWEBBED?
We are not a repair station. Our belts are made for us, to our specifications, by AmSafe Aviation. For rewebbing options, please call AmSafe at 770-228-0712 and they can assist you.

 

MY AIRCRAFT ISNíT ON ANY OF YOUR APPLICATION CHARTS. CAN I STILL GET SHOULDER HARNESSES? HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME?
Please call us. We may have ordered them for a customer in the past, and just don't have them on our website. Otherwise we can order to your specifications based on measurements provided by you or your mechanic if you are replacing a current installation. Please call us at 800-653-5512 or email us at cs@alphaaviation.com for further instructions. Normally the cost is no more than what you would pay for our regularly listed belts. Special Orders are non-returnable and non-refundable.

 

I WANT A COLOR YOU DONíT HAVE IN STOCK. HOW MUCH MORE WILL IT COST ME TO GET A SPECIAL ORDER COLOR?
There is no extra cost for special order colors. There is a 3-4 week lead time to shipment. Special Orders are non-refundable and non-returnable.

 

DO I GET AN 8130-3 AIRWORTHINESS TAG WITH MY BELTS?
Yes. All of our belts come standard with an 8130-3 Airworthiness Tag applicable to the United States / Canada. For our international customers, the belts will be ordered with the 8130-3 for your particular location if required. Some locations have a bi-lateral agreement with the United States in which case our domestic 8130-3 is acceptable with your Aviation Authority.

 

I HAVE MISPLACED MY 8130-3 AIRWORTHINESS CERTIFICATE. CAN YOU SEND ME A COPY?
We do our best to keep a copy of your 8130-3 on file. If we are unable to locate it the belts will need to be returned to AmSafe for inspection and re-certification.

 

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR BELTS?
AmSafe Aviation, the leader in Aviation Safety Harnesses, manufactures our belts to our specifications.

WHAT MATERIAL ARE YOUR BELTS MADE WITH?
Our belts are made using Polyester webbing. This reduces pilling and fading due to the exposure to the sun.

IF I PLACE A SPECIAL ORDER, HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO FOR ME TO RECEIVE IT?
Normal lead time on special orders is 3 weeks if drop shipping directly to you from the factory.
If youíve ordered an STC, the lead time is 4 weeks to shipment as the belts have to come to Alpha Aviation to be put with the STC Kit. Rear Lap Belts require only 2 weeks to shipment. Infatable Replacements require a 12 to 14 week lead to shipment.

IíM A LARGER PERSON. WILL YOUR BELTS FIT MY NEEDS?
They should. We have allowed a few extra inches in our measurements to accommodate a larger pilot, co-pilot or passenger. We can supply our lengths to you for confirmation, and if longer assemblies are needed we can order something.

CAN I GET AN EXTENSION WITH MY 3 POINT SHOULDER HARNESS BELTS?
It is possible to get an extension for a lap belt only. It is not recommended to add an extension to a 3 point diagonal shoulder harness as it will cause an incorrect placement of the shoulder harness across the torso, and put the buckle in the wrong area. We recommend purchasing a longer connecter section of lap belt if extra length is required. Please call us or email us for additional information. 800-653-5112 or cs@alphaaviation.com

I ORDERED THE FIXED STRAP BELTS, BUT NOW IíM THINKING I SHOULD HAVE GONE WITH THE INERTIAL REEL STYLE. CAN I EXCHANGE THEM?
Yes, if the belts have not been installed. Please call us or email us for additional information. All belts must be returned with the 8130-3 Airworthiness Certificate. A $300.00 fee will be assessed if we have to return them to AmSafe for recertification. Please contact us at 800-653-5112 or cs@alphaaviation.com

I ORDERED AN IN-STOCK COLOR, BUT NOW THAT I HAVE THEM, THE COLOR DOESNíT QUITE MATCH MY INTERIOR. CAN I RETURN THEM AND ORDER A DIFFERENT COLOR?
Yes, if the belts havenít been installed. The only additional costs will be the shipping. All belts must be returned with the 8130-3 Airworthiness Certificate. A $300.00 fee will be assessed if we have to return them to AmSafe for recertification.

SHOULD I GET THE FIXED STRAP STYLE or THE INERTIAL REEL STYLE?
Itís really a matter of personal preference. We do receive more orders for the inertial reel style. We suggest connecting with other pilots on blogs or forums for their feedback.

THE COVER FOR MY INERTIAL REEL IS CRACKED. CAN I GET A REPLACMENT?
Yes. Please call us or email us and weíll get one right out to you. 800-653-5112 or cs@alphaaviation.com

I SAW BELTS JUST LIKE YOURS ON EBAY. WHATíS THE DIFFERENCE?
None at all. They are ours. We also sell our products on Ebay as alphaaviationinc.

I HAVE AN INSTALLATION QUESTION. IS THERE SOMEONE I CAN CALL?
Yes. Please call Don at 952-210-1915 and heíll be happy to assist you. He is the STC creator and will be able to answer any question you may have.

DO YOU HAVE AN FBO DISCOUNT PROGRAM?
Yes. Please contact us at 800-653-5512 or cs@alphaaviation.com for additional details.
 
I NEED THE STC KIT, BUT I ONLY WANT 1 SEAT. CAN I GET JUST ONE?
Weíre sorry, but we arenít allowed to split the kit in keeping in accordance with our STC.
MY LAP BELTS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION. CAN I PURCHASE JUST THE SHOULDER HARNESS?
Unfortunately, we are not able to "mix and match". We don't know that the shoulder harness would connect securely onto the lap belt, and your tso tags should match.

 

THE MOONEY MINOR CHANGE KIT IS SOLD WITH PARTS FOR 2 SEATS, BUT I ONLY WANT TO BUY 1 SEAT. DO I HAVE TO BUY THE ENTIRE KIT?
No, but we would be happy to split the kit for you. $17.50 for 1 seat.

 

I SAW SHOULDER HARNESSES THAT LOOK LIKE YOURSÖ
Aircraft Spruce is a distributor of our products, and we also sell directly through Ebay.

 

HOW DO YOU SHIP THE BELTS?
When possible we use the US Postal Service. Our alternative method would be UPS Ground.

 

Things to Know When Ordering Our Belts

LEAD TIME is normally 1 business day if ordering an in-stock color. We try to keep Black, Gray and Fawn/Tan on the shelf. If we should happen to be out of a color, we will notify you with an estimated ship date. If it's out-of stock, please know it has been re-ordered and will be coming in soon.
FOR OUR INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: All of our belts are stocked with domestic 8130-3 Airworthiness Certificates. If this is acceptable to your aviation authority, we can ship from stock. If a location specific 8130-3 is required, please allow 4 weeks to shipment as we will need to be created at the same time as the belts. EASA; we do not have formal EASA approval. Our belts have been sold & installed all over Europe and the United Kingdom without issue. NOTE: As of 2015 EASA is accepting the US 8130-3 Airworthiness Certificates for new aircraft parts. This will greatly reduce the lead time for most of our Int'l customers!
STC KITS INCLUDE:Shoulder Harnesses and Lap Belts for 2 SEATS - Pilot and CoPilot - as well as all new assemblies, all required parts & hardware, STC Authorization, Installation Manual and 8130-3 Airworthiness Certificate.
REPLACEMENTS and UPGRADES INCLUDE: Shoulder Harness, Lap Belt and All New Assemblies for 1 SEAT - Pilot or CoPilot. Rear Seats are sold as each - 1 seat.
SPECIAL ORDERS allow for a larger color variety. There is no extra charge. Please allow 3 - 4 weeks for shipment. To learn more please visit our page on Special Orders.
SHIPPING is via UPS Ground or United States Postal Service. International shipping is done through United States Postal Service, as it is generally the most economical choice. If you would like it sooner, or via another carrier, please contact us for a quote.
PAYMENT is accepted through Visa, MasterCard, Discover, PayPal and Wire Transfers

 

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