SVmikeAll that said I still would never use it as an excuse to go solo. It is not a grantee and the fact are that most avi deaths are still trauma. Do not ski in any slide conditions solo. Just my 2 cents.
This so much. People are starting to lose their good judgement because of all this new technology regarding avalanche safety. An airbag is no guarantee that you will survive. It is merely an aid to keep you closer to the surface for quicker recovery times in a full burial situation.
Avalanches are a serious thing. They are nothing to mess around with. If you havent taken you Avy 1, I would take the course before even considering buying an airbag, or even going solo into avalanche terrain.