Fully Articulating Air Bladder System
Simple Operation and Maintenance
The Fully Articulating Air Bladder System is simple to use once installed in the helmet. There is a inflation bulb that can be placed in a user selected area of the helmet that is easy to get to, but not in the way. The size of the bulb was carefully selected to allow the user to quickly inflate the bladders and receive immediate feedback that they are actively filling the bladders. A quick-release button will deflate the bladder to allow quick removal of the helmet. The bladders and tubing are made of materials used in g-suit and life preserver bladders to ensure they meet the rigors of use in aviation. Bladders are maintained by visual inspection and a 30 minute inflation test that can be done in parallel to the standard helmet inspection schedule.
Increased Helmet Fit
The Fully Articulating Air Bladder System (FAABS, pronounced fabs) provides a custom fit without requiring spacers and other current add-ons for helmet fit. Lowers the amount of time to properly fit a helmet to the user by simply requiring the user to inflate the Fully Articulating Air Bladder System until the helmet fits comfortably.
Increased Helmet Stability
The Fully Articulating Air Bladder System acts as a stabilizing enhancement because it secures the ear seal to the user’s cranium thus providing more surface area for the helmet to grip. This increased stability reduces helmet roll and makes the helmet a better platform for Night Vision Devices (NVDs) and Helmet Cueing Systems.
Increased Hearing Protection
By securing the ear seal tighter around the user’s ears hearing protection is inherently increased. This is supported by testing by the Battlespace Acoustic Division of Air Force Research Laboratory.
Knowing that the Fully Articulating Air Bladder System was to be used in aircraft and subject to changing pressures it was extensively tested to ensure that it does not fail. It has been pressure tested up to the equivalent of 75,000 feet and been exposed to rapid decompression from 22,500 feet to 60,000 feet. The materials are non-corrosive and safe for use in pure oxygen environments. The Fully Articulating Air Bladder System has been installed in a variety of helmets used by both military and civilian users.