Sabreliner’s “tactical VIP kits” are becoming a popular upgrade for the UH-60 Black Hawk. Since receiving a blanket airworthiness approval to manufacture and install the VIP kit a year ago, the St. Louis, Mo.-based company has installed more than 200 of the customized seat cushions in Black Hawks. The kit includes memory foam cushions and skirts, floor covering and stainless steel thresholds.
Helitowcart (Booth No. 3501) introduced its HeliCushion kit for “instant refurbishing” of Eurocopter AS 350 and AS 355 seats. The “ready-to-go” kit consists of molded foam buildup and cover and is designed to slide into place in seconds and fit all seating positions.
In cabin seats, it’s a question of comfort, and Franklin Products of Torrington, Conn., has an answer. The company calls it Soft-Touch and claims it is superior to the currently popular memory-foam products. According to Franklin ergonomist Vesa Vannas, Soft-Touch provides better support and reacts more quickly to passenger movements than memory foam.