Barely a year after its successful launch, the AUTOFLUG FLYWEIGHT® seating family which offers safety seats for civil helicopters is supplemented by a powerful new addition providing drastically increased flexibility. With AUTOFLUG FLYWEIGHT® UP, the company is setting new standards with regard to the diverse use of helicopter cabin space. Its extremely sleek design and the folding seat enable cabin configurations which were inconceivable up until now. In a range of application areas, it is thus possible to install additional seats, especially in the door area; this couldn’t be achieved with rigid systems. The easy-to-use and robust folding mechanism enables loading and boarding to proceed smoothly, while the light weight of the seats keeps the total load for the increased number of seats at a reasonable level. As well as use in the door area, the FLYWEIGHT® UP also enables a range of daily transport requirements to be carried out much more easily. Thus, as seats can simply be folded back, bulky cargo does not pose a problem, as it can be loaded without the effort of having to remove and install seats.
As with the other seats of the FLYWEIGHT® series, the folding seats offer a range of individual options and configuration possibilities. The first of the latest generation of standard seats will already be available on the market at the beginning of the coming year and is already highly popular. At the up-coming HAI Heli-Expo in Atlanta from March 4 – 6, the Swiss company Kopter Group is displaying, for example, a cabin variation of its modern and brand-new SH-09 in a passenger transport configuration with AUTOFLUG FLYWEIGHT® UP seats as well as others from the range. The modern design of the seats also highlights the helicopter’s innovative concept. Other seat variations will be on display at AUTOFLUG’s own stand and will show a variety of additional application options. For the first time, visitors will also be able to experience individually configured seats in a virtual 3D environment in a range of cabin configurations.