IDEA ONE PREPARING FOR LAUNCH
Aircraft seating startup,
Idea Air has partnered with
PriestmanGoode to create Idea
One, claimed to be the lightest
reclining economy seat on the
market. The seat weighs 8kg,
made possible through advances
including a full composite
backshell to complement the
aluminium frame, and the
integration of the seat pan into
the seat foam. Weight is also
reduced by making the seat from
few parts, which also lowers
the cost of manufacture and
improves reliability for operators.
Idea One is primarily aimed at
high-density single-aisle cabins
with pitch as short as 28in. A
model for the A320 family is
under development, with a B737
version to follow. Comfort is still a
consideration, and the high recline
hinge point/axis, means that
when the backrest is reclined, the
lower backrest portion moves
forward, creating more knee/shin
space for the passenger behind.
Extensive ergonomic testing
has been carried out during the
development process to ensure
that these new techniques
enhance passenger comfort.
Certification is now in progress,
with commercial availability
expected by the end of 2019.
SE ATING R E V IEW
Dynamic Safety DSS-101
Dynamic Safety (DS) is entering
the market with the DSS-101,
a mid- to long-haul model.
Key to the design are the UD
tape composites used for the
seatback and pan design, with
DS claiming to be the first
seat manufacturer to use this
material. The material is flexible and can be easily moulded, which
DS has exploited to create a unique shape with a very thin but
comfortable and supportive structure that cradles the occupant’s
posterior and provides some elasticity.
The seatback pivots with the seat pan, meaning that if the pan
slides forward 1.5in, that movement increases the effective recline
to 4.8in, while only intruding on the rear passenger’s space by a
little more than 3in.
DS reports that the development program is going well, with
dynamic simulations and tests passed, as well as all static tests.
The S1 Space Seat
is finally here!
Following years of development and testing, Molon Labe’s S1
Space Seat has completed all certification procedures and is now
awaiting final FAA approval. Molon Labe’s name literally translates
to ‘come and get them’, which the company hopes that airlines will
do – indeed the seat is due to debut with a yet-to-be-announced
low-cost carrier in Q1 2020. Molon Labe’s manufacturing partners
have recently added an additional 50,000ft2 of manufacturing
space to accommodate their initial deliveries.
The S1 Space Seat is billed as being the widest, most spacious
economy class seat on the market, a claim based on its innovative
staggered design, which provides increased living space for each
passenger in a triple because their shoulders, elbows and thighs
are no longer directly adjacent, instead being offset both vertically
and fore/aft. Further comfort is created by the two-level armrest,
which delineates the armrest space for each passenger, aiding
comfort and reducing inter-passenger stress. Even better, the seat
weighs in at around 8kg.
The staggered layout also gives customers an option to make
the middle seat 3in wider, which would increase the standard A320
seat width from 18in to 21in (if measured from the outer seats
backs of adjacent seats it is 23in wide).
LINE MAINTENANCE OF S1
REQUIRES JUST ONE TOOL,
AND ALL LINE-REPLACEABLE
MAINTENANCE CAN BE
COMPLETED IN LESS THAN
• Seat width: 19.7in
• Seat width between armrests: 17.7in
• Seat length: 17in
• Pitch: 28-37in