News and Events

Survival Innovations in the news.

January 8, 2014
Solid Modeling Expands Design Capabilities

Solid Modeling software has been added to the Survival Innovations design toolbox for 2014.

December 5, 2013
Employees Donate to Eblen Charities

Survival Innovations employees presented a check for the Saint Nicholas Project, sponsored by the Eblen Charities.

October 16, 2013
SAFE Symposium 2013

Survival Innovations attends the 51st Annual SAFE Symposium

NC Defense & Economic Development Trade Show

SII personnel attended the 12th annual NC Defense & Economic Development Trade Show in Fayetteville

July 17, 2013
New ISO Internal Auditors Complete Training

Three new Internal Auditors have completed ISO9001:2008 training, expanding the Survival Innovations Auditor pool for future audits.

June 24, 2013
Wheelchair Cushion Covers Ordered

Survival Innovations expands into commercial market with covers for wheelchair cushions marketed by Dynamic Systems, Incorporated.

June 26, 2013
AFSOC Buys Adjustable Snap Hook Straps

Air Force Special Operations Command has ordered Adjustable Snap Hook Strap Assemblies for mobile aircrew members in the CV-22 Osprey.

March 31, 2013
Survival Innovations to Attend Quad A

The AAAA Annual Professional Forum and Exposition will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, from April 10-13, 2013.  Survival Innovations will have a representative at Quad A to discuss your needs for design, development, and production services.

November 20, 2012
Survival Innovations Personnel Share Award for 2012 NAWCAD Patent of the Year

Three designers from Survival Innovations in Arden, North Carolina, were named as recipients of the 2012 Patent of the Year Award by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aviation Division in Patuxent River, Maryland.

August 1, 2012
SII Approved as DLA Supplier

Survival Innovations, Inc. located in Arden, North Carolina, has received notice of Government approval to bid on and supply parts to the Defense Logistics Agency.

July 1, 2012
New President for sii

Survival Innovations of Arden, North Carolina, has announced the appointment of Jason A. Smith as company president, following the retirement of Leon Rhodes, who served as president for eight years.

July 1, 2012
SII President Retires

C. Leon Rhodes has announced his retirement after eight years as founder and President of SII

December 1, 2011
Next Generation Seat Cushion for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter

LME® and Survival Innovations have released the next generation Seat Cushion Set for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter, with production expected to begin in 2012.

November 7, 2011
SII Awarded HBU-27 Restraint Contract

Survival Innovations of Arden, NC, has received the first subcontract for the HBU-27 Restraint Assembly to be used on the U.S. Navy’s new Aircrew Endurance Vest, manufactured by Peckham, Inc. of Lansing, Michigan. 

October 24, 2011
C. Leon Rhodes Receives M.P. Koch Award

C. Leon Rhodes received the 2011 M.P. Koch Award at the annual SAFE Symposium in Reno, Nevada.

November 15, 2011
Emergency Release Assembly Patented

On November 15, 2011, the U.S. Patent Office issued Patent Number 8,056,196 to the U.S. Government for a Quick Release Fitting. The named inventors are Angela Sample of Lexington Park, Maryland, and three members of Survival Innovations, Inc.--Jason Smith, Leon Rhodes, and Gary Bradley.  The Quick Release Fitting relates to a restraint system developed by the U.S. Navy and Survival Innovations under a support contract.

April 27, 2010
Head and Neck Restraint Patented by SII

Survival Innovations of Arden, North Carolina, has been advised that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent Number 7,703,152 for the “Head and Neck Restraint System” designed by Survival Innovations.

April 1, 2010
Survival Innovations Registered ISO 9001:2008

Survival Innovations, Inc., located in Arden, North Carolina, received certification of their Quality Management System to the ISO 9001:2008 standard on April 1, 2010 for design and manufacture of aviation life-support equipment.

November 1, 2008
SII Teams on OH-58D Kiowa Seat Cushions

Survival Innovations of Arden, North Carolina, entered into a teaming agreement with LME® Inc. of Annapolis, Maryland, and Dynamic Systems of Leicester, North Carolina, to develop and market advanced seat cushion sets for helicopters, beginning with the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior.

July 18, 2008
SII Receives $6M USAF Development Contract

Survival Innovations, Inc., located in Arden, was awarded a contract on Friday by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to create a unique head and neck restraint system for fighter pilots.