BRS Founder to Speak on Electric VTOL Aircraft at CAFE Foundation Prior to Oshkosh

Boris Popov

BRS Aerospace founder Boris Popov will be a main presenter at the 2018 Electric Aircraft Symposium to be held prior to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Popov’s presentation, entitled Sustainable Aviation/VTOL Flight Emergency Parachute Utilization, is part of the two-day event sponsored by the CAFE (Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency) Foundation’s conference to be held July 21-22 at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center.

“This will be an interesting and enlightening appearance,” said BRS Aerospace President/Director Enrique Dillon. “Boris’ presentation is also timely, especially as we develop vehicle recovery systems technology that will allow electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing aircraft to reach safety levels equivalent to standards established in the automotive industry.”

A recent independent statistical analysis concluded that the Ballistic Recovery System installed on the popular Cirrus aircraft series significantly reduced the odds of experiencing a fatal aircraft accident when deployed. BRS has documented a total of 383 lives saved when the BRS system was deployed.

CAFE Foundation occupies a unique position in the electric aircraft industry. As a nonprofit organization, CAFE Foundation’s mission is to advance the development of low-emission flight by fostering and promoting early entry practical market opportunities. CAFE Foundation accomplishes this by bridging disciplines and industries, helping to identify trends and innovations, building strategic collaborations and ensuring on-going coordination.

In 1980, BRS Aerospace founder, Boris Popov, developed the first Whole Aircraft Rescue Parachute System. Since then, BRS systems have been installed in over 35,000 aircraft both new and retrofits. BRS worked hand-in-hand with Cirrus Design to develop the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS), now standard on every Cirrus SR20 and SR22. BRS is the only Whole Aircraft Rescue Parachute System certified as a retrofit for Cessna 172s and Cessna 182s.

Popov was born in Munich Germany, and immigrated to the USA in 1949 through Ellis Island. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with Bachelors in Economics, minored in Aeronautical Engineering in IT. His ratings include Private Pilot, Sailplane, Hang-Gliding, Float-plane, and FAA Ground Instructor

In his career Popov has received the Lycoming Aviation Safety Award, Sperry Award, Aviation Week & Space Technology Laureate Award, Flieger Magazine Award, and the 2015 PADA Trophy and been named to the EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Hall of Fame.

BRS Aerospace is the world leader in whole aircraft parachute systems. The system is designed to be a last resort for pilots and passengers when all other attempts to recover the airplane in case of emergency or pilot incapacitation have failed.

BRS Aerospace’s current whole aircraft parachute system for fixed-wing aircraft design calls for a parachute ballistic launcher to be installed in the aircraft with either a pilot-initiated activator located in the cockpit or an automated activation system. Upon activation, a ballistic rocket propels a parachute into the airstream to slow the airplane and float it down into a survivable vertical landing.

BRS Aerospace was founded in South St. Paul, Minn. It has manufacturing facilities at the South St. Paul Municipal Airport and in Pine Bluff, N.C. The system has been successfully deployed multiple times. For more information go to


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