NBAA Convention News

Iacobucci Introduces Seat Division

 - October 12, 2011, 11:10 PM
Iacobucci made its first foray into the seat arena NBAA with the introduction of a model created in collaboration with BMW Group DesignworksUSA of Newbury Park, Calif.

Iacobucci HF, the Italian maker of galley appliance inserts, is continuing its venture into the aircraft seating business with the introduction at NBAA of a new business unit–Iacobucci Seat Division–to manage that endeavor.

Iacobucci made its first foray into the seat arena at the 2010 NBAA convention with the introduction of a model created in collaboration with BMW Group DesignworksUSA of Newbury Park, Calif. The theme, according to Iacobucci, was the “right mix of technology, innovation and design [offering] favorable conditions to conceive a premium seat design.”

The seat features a single 45- to 46-inch upright and 21-inch wide backrest structure and a seven-inch deployable and extendable leg rest. A “cradle” recline design employs a seat-pan tilt that prevents the passenger from sliding out of the seat when it is the recline position. Coordinated with the recline feature is an armrest that retracts fully to allow for a full-flat sleeping berth. Finally, the headrest movement includes vertical, horizontal and tilt features. The seat also has a floor-tracking mechanism and comes standard as a manual articulation variant. An electrically articulated seat is optional.

A second seat in the line is being introduced at NBAA 2011. It features a 45-inch backrest and is 23 inches wide. The three-way headrest has a wide range of adjustments, including vertical, horizontal and tilting features as well as headrest flaps. It has a fixed track-fitting installation, 360-degree swivel, multiple-lock drop-down armrest and extendable leg rest, as well as a folding manual footrest.

“The project team developed a seat ergonomically responding to the form of the human body,” said Iacobucci HF Group marketing director Riccardo Palmeri. “The mechanical swivel enhances the useful space while the light structure and smooth movements make it easy to install and maintain.”

Both seats meet 16-g certification requirements as well as FAA and EASA build-up and burn tests. According to Palmeri, they have been created with extreme care to all details including extensive pressure-mapping tests, minimal weight, and meticulous attention to detail.