In the US, is there a legal restriction to prevent the use of bright red pilot seat belts in GA aircraft?

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    $\begingroup$ What jurisdiction? What type of aircraft? I've not seen bright red color seat belts in the US GA aircraft I have been in. $\endgroup$ – selectstriker2 Mar 13 '18 at 18:35
  • $\begingroup$ For GA US registered aircrafts $\endgroup$ – Antonio Mar 13 '18 at 19:22
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    $\begingroup$ The only red seat belts I remember seeing are in my Cherokee, but the rest of the interior is red, too. $\endgroup$ – jamesqf Mar 13 '18 at 19:24
  • $\begingroup$ My concern is possible visual interference with emergency buttons or levers that must be easily found, but I did not get any FAR reference that address this. $\endgroup$ – Antonio Mar 13 '18 at 19:30
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    $\begingroup$ Is there a particular reason for this question? Did someone tell you there was such a regulation? $\endgroup$ – Zach Lipton Mar 16 '18 at 20:13

No, there's no regulation on the color; the restraints just have to allow the crew to perform all their duties.

The old 23.785 regulation said:

(e) The restraint system for each crewmember must allow the crewmember, when seated with the safety belt and shoulder harness fastened, to perform all functions necessary for flight operations.

The new 23.2535 regulation says even less:

Safety and survival equipment, required by the operating rules of this chapter, must be reliable, readily accessible, easily identifiable, and clearly marked to identify its method of operation.

And empirically, there are many colors available. Googling will bring up plenty of images.


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