Piper Aircraft has selected Millennium Concepts to provide the passenger and crew seats for its new PiperJet Altaire. According to Kevin Reifschneider, Millennium’s president and managing director, the seats have been tested by the National Institute for Aviation Research and proven to withstand loads of up to 30gs while maintaining compliance with FAA requirements.
The crew seats feature adjustable headrests, a break-over seat back and recline. The passenger seats include a three-point restraint system while the crew version has a dual-harness torso restraint system, adjustable height, floor tracking and lumbar support.
Reifschneider said the design uses lighter materials, injection molding and CNC-based manufacturing techniques as opposed to traditional welded frame design using steel, which is generally heavier and less efficient.