CAPS – developed by Cirrus and BRS™ – is a rocket-deployed 55-foot (17 m) parachute that has been credited with saving the lives of over 20 Cirrus pilots and passengers. Normally hidden beneath the sleek surface of the airframe, strong Kevlar straps are ready to suspend the entire airplane beneath the canopy. CAPS can be deployed by the pilot or passengers by simply pulling an overhead handle. Once activated, the parachute is fully deployed within seconds, lowering the airplane and its occupants to the ground. Cirrus is the only manufacturer of Part 23 certified aircraft in the world to include such a parachute as a standard aircraft feature.