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Yingling creates new lightweight seat for Cessna Caravans

14th September 2009 - 04:09 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Yingling Aviation, which has installed more than 100 OASIS interiors in the Cessna 208 Caravan, has developed a new versatile lightweight seat (VLS) for use in the popular single-engine turboprop.

Designed to provide Caravan owners with an option that is lighter and more comfortable, the VLS can be incorporated into the OASIS package or ordered as an option on the standard Model 208. At a fully-upholstered weight of 45 lb, the seat comes with a quick release feature that allows easy removal to permit the aeroplane to be used for cargo carrying missions.

“The specially-designed VLS is another example of our ongoing efforts to provide Cessna Caravan operators with creative and economical ways to maximise the productivity and comfort of their aircraft. The Caravan is known for its versatility so we’ve designed a seat that adds even more flexibility to it,” said Lynn Nichols, president of Yingling Aviation.

The VLS design offers passengers enhanced visibility, is fully-reclinable and equipped with both inboard and outboard stowable armrests.  The headrest is also adjustable for added comfort. The seats have passed the FAA’s 21G dynamic test requirement for forward-facing seats and are equipped with full forward breakover seatbacks, retractable shoulder harnesses and the ability to track fore and aft for additional legroom or cargo space. The seat also incorporates a magazine pocket and an optional, fold-down meal tray.

Installation of the seats takes approximately five minutes and can be scheduled immediately. 

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