When designing for interior aircraft applications, engineers must balance the need for lightweight functionality with Federal Aviation Association (FAA) safety requirements. To ensure compliance with Aerospace industry directives, aircraft OEMs must choose parts that perform against even the most stringent requirements, such as the need for redundant latching.
Should an emergency occur and passengers need to quickly exit the aircraft, exit doors and egress points must be kept clear to facilitate evacuation. Incorporating a redundant latching system into doors and panels ensures that they remain securely closed and out of the path of egress even if part of the latch fails due to damage caused by smoke, fire or impact.
Integrating a validated dual point latching mechanism ensures that if one access point should fail, the door or panel will still remain closed, allowing passengers and crew to exit an aisle. Dual point systems provide a standardized solution for a wide variety of design challenges within the aircraft cabin, offering the following benefits:
- Compatible with a wide variety of actuation options
- Mechanism can be actuated anywhere along the length of a door or panel
- Can be easily mounted between panels, allowing a clean, flush exterior
- Addresses Aerospace industry standards for redundant latch points
Selecting a versatile, core latching mechanism can greatly improve access to doors and panels within the aircraft, while ensuring that they do not fall out of position and inhibit passenger egress points in the event of an emergency.
To learn more about how Incorporating dual point latching mechanisms can improve your aircraft interior design, download Southco’s Aerospace Safety Industry Report.