EASA approval brings folding seat closer to reality


August 10, 2016 – The innovative S:two folding short- haul economy seat design by Rebel.Aero is a step closer to production, having been granted ADOA (Alternative Procedures to Design Organisation Approval) status by EASA. This status means that ETSO C127 16g certification for the seat design – which won the Passenger Comfort Hardware category of the Crystal Cabin Awards 2016 – can be completed, having already successfully completed 9g and static abuse testing.

The S:two is a composite monocoque seat with a folding mechanism and a three-point harness, which is designed to offer comfort at a 28in pitch? The folding mechanism is simple – raise the seat pan, and because the contours of the seatback and seatpan cushion match, it folds flat. This means the occupant can stand up in their own footwell, which has clear benefits for ingress and egress, and a passenger can even sit on the folded part during flight, creating a second seating position around 4.5in higher, which enables them to straighten their legs and stretch the lower back.

In the folded position, the seat can also function as a child’s booster seat, which, combined with the three-point harness, would make an attractive proposition for parents flying with children.

According to Rebel.Aero, the company is receiving many enquiries about the seat design, but a launch customer is yet to be secured.

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