The primary goal of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is to develop the world’s most efficient and safest aerospace system. In their attempt to achieve this, the FAA has encouraged the use of various safety equipment, including rafts, slides, vests, and more. To aid with this, Tex Tech offers various materials used to manufacture FAA safety equipment for customers in the aerospace industry.


The most common uses of FAA safety equipment include the following:

  • Life rafts and vests. Life rafts and life vests are critical safety equipment for extended overwater flights. In the event of a water landing, these products must be made from quality materials to ensure the safety of passengers.
  • Slides. Evacuation slides are crucial in emergency flight situations, allowing passengers to safely exit the plane and/or remain afloat until help can arrive.

For optimal safety and industry compliance, materials used for FAA safety equipment must be certified to Technical Standard Orders (TSO). This standard is issued by the United States Federal Aviation Administration for specified appliances, parts, and materials, used on civil aircraft.

Tex Tech’s Capabilities

The professionals at Tex Tech can help design and manufacture high-performance materials for use in FAA safety equipment applications. We handle every part of the production process, from research and development to fabric processing and certification. Our material scientists get involved early in the design stage, with years of experience backing them.

We use a variety of manufacturing methods to develop products that meet exacting customer or product requirements.  These methods include fabric formation, solvent and aqueous coatings and film lamination. Our capabilities enable us to work with a wide range of materials, including TPU, PVC, rubber compounds, silicone, and more.

We create material solutions that go into:

  • FAA rafts
  • FAA life vests
  • FAA escape slides

Testing for Aerospace Equipment

We also offer testing services exclusive to the aerospace industry, adhering to ISO best practices. These processes may include:

  • Abrasion Resistance
  • Adhesion
  • Air Holding
  • Bond Strength
  • Dimensional
  • Durability
  • Mechanical
  • Physical
  • Tensile Strength
  • Weldability

To maintain compliance with all industry standards and regulations, our Maine locations adhere to ISO 9001 standards. In addition, we are TS/ISO 16949 certified at our North Carolina and South Carolina locations. We also maintain ASTM compliance with all of our equipment.

Regardless of your material requirements, we can meet your needs with reliable design, manufacturing, and testing services. In turn, you’ll be able to implement safe and effective equipment that meets all relevant industry requirements.

Contact Tex Tech Experts

If you need dependable FAA fabrics for aerospace applications, Tex Tech Industries is here to meet your needs. Backed by over 100 years of experience, our unique capabilities enable us to provide our customers with high-quality products and top-tier services.

We work to understand the specific needs of each of our customers to provide the best possible solutions, including woven, non-woven, and 3D woven fabrics. For more information about our products and custom capabilities, or to get started on your FAA safety equipment solution, contact us or request a quote today.