FAABS is simple to use once installed in the helmet. The inflation bulb 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.
The FAABS allows the ear seal to better conform to the wearer’s skull as it provides a pivot-point along the interior of the helmet shell that will ensure the earcup is at the skull and not with some gaps due to the interior of the helmet not fitting conformally. This means that the FAABS will increase hearing protection no matter the cup in front of the FAABS. Studies by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force have shown this to be true in independent tests for various helmets and earcups.
SPH Helmets (4 or 5)
HGU Helmets (55, 56, 68, 84)
Gallet, Paraclete, and EVO Helmets
Compatible with Army Ground Vehicle Helmets