“A substantially extended range of applications and increasingly stringent requirements for usability in various mission scenarios require optimization of modularity, ergonomics and especially the crash safety of seating systems.”
In this statement from Björn Kanstorf, Manager of the Business Unit Cabin Solutions at the company AUTOFLUG, the subject is the latest developments of crash-safety for the occupants of the latest generation of military helicopters. “Especially the increase in the load on seating, due to highly developed personal equipment and the accompanying increase in weight also calls for light seating systems to realize efficient use of the air vehicles”, adds Kanstorf.
Recently, the medium-sized company AUTOFLUG received the order for adaptation of the in-house developed passenger seats for use in CH-53 in the GS configuration as currently used in the German armed forces. The
modification of all machines in service is to begin immediately after the development stage.
The main characteristics of the new seating system are very low dead weight, flexible and fast installation and dismantling in the helicopter to achieve optimal “mission flexibility”, and substantially increased occupant protection, especially in the event of a crash.
The family concept worked out at AUTOFLUG for such seating systems enables swift development and qualification. At the same time it allows swift reaction to new operational, ergonomic and safety-relevant requirements. For example, AUTOFLUG, based in Northern Germany, has also been entrusted with the development of a special “Mission Troop Seat” for the NATO helicopter NH90, which will be put to use on the basis of the requirements of a user nation in its organizations. Use by further user states is, however, possible at any time. The seats in this development only represent a component which can be built up into a complete cabin system with a large number of further items of equipment. The solutions here range from stretchers for the transport of the wounded through a wide range of storage solutions for items of equipment to special racks for the storage of “personal survival packs”, PSPs for short, to make survival possible in emergency. All components of the AUTOFLUG airFLEX family of products are here optimally coordinated with each other, thus ensuring the efficient use of the limited available space in helicopter cabins.
Mit Wirkung zum 1. Januar 2017 tritt Herr Martin Kroell (40) in die Geschäftsführung der AUTOFLUG GmbH ein. Herr Kroell wird neben seinen bisherigen Aufgaben Vertrieb und Geschäftsentwicklung künftig als Geschäftsführer auch die Bereiche Operations und Entwicklung verantworten. Herr Kroell ist bereits seit 2013 im Unternehmen tätig.
Herr Andreas Sedlmayr wird als geschäftsführender Gesellschafter weiterhin die kaufmännische Verantwortung des Unternehmens
AUTOFLUG took another strategic step in the development of its international sales network last month when it launched a long-term partnership with Yepsan SSH. Under the initial contract, YEPSAN SSH will be the exclusive distributor of all AUTOFLUG products on the Turkish market. “YEPSAN will have access to advanced AUTOFLUG technology, and together, we will be able to develop the Turkish market with innovative safety solutions”, said Andreas Sedlmayr at the official signing of the contract in Ankara on April 7.
In the longer term, however, the partnership will not be limited to distribution by Yepsan. A second contract is gradually to establish some aspects of production at Yepsan sites in Turkey. This will not only offer logistical advantages, it will also create value added in Turkey – which could be extremely useful in meeting offset requirements, not least as regards the aviation sector. Yepsan already has manufacturing expertise in metalworking and also in textiles; the latter is for example key to production of AUTOFLUG GmbH’s leading global textile safety seat solutions.
“Growing demand for our safety solutions, in particular in the aviation and ground vehicle sector, is challenging us to find efficient solutions. Our top priority is constantly to adapt our products to the needs of our users so that we can offer maximum safety and the best possible protection.” YEPSAN already meets the strict military and aviation quality requirements and is therefore an ideal partner for rapidly achieving long-term goals.