SCAPPOOSE, OR — Thanks to extensive funding, research and development on the part of Oregon Aero, Inc., owners of Cessna (formerly known as Lancair or Columbia) aircraft outfitted with Oregon Aero® High-G® Safety Seats no longer have to replace the seat cushions every five years or 2,500 hours as formerly mandated by the FAA. Owners can now conduct annual inspections and one more detailed inspection every three years to assess the cushions.
“We know this has been very important to a lot of our customers, which is why we’ve worked so hard to make this happen,” said Tony Erickson, Chief Operating Officer for Oregon Aero. “This change makes it easier on owners and cuts out aircraft downtime while maintaining Oregon Aero’s renowned commitment to safety and quality.”
Before the update, which was completed in conjunction with the Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, owners of specified Cessna models faced an FAA-imposed life limitation on their Oregon Aero® High-G® Safety Seat cushions of five years or 2,500 hours. To accommodate customers, Oregon Aero and Cessna have shared the costs of replacing cushions affected by the life limitation since 2011, though customers had to remove the seat cushions themselves and keep their aircraft out of service in the interim.
To improve the customer experience while also maintaining quality, safety and value, Oregon Aero funded the research and development behind the recent update. The new FAA-approved Instructions for Continued Airworthiness include mandatory owner inspections of the seat cushions in Cessna aircraft models LC40-550FG (300), LC41-550FG (400), LC42-550FG (350), and T240. The updated ICAs require annual visual inspection of the seat cushions; they also require a seat thickness measurement for the front and rear seat bottom cushions every three years to detect breakdown or distortion of the foam core. Cushions no longer within the stated tolerance need to be replaced.
“We are really pleased with the way this has worked out, and we are confident that our customers will be, too,” Erickson said. “This update will not only help them keep their aircraft properly maintained, but it cuts out a lot of downtime, too. That means they’ll be able to keep flying in comfort, which is exactly what we all want.”
Visit our website for the complete ICAs for the High-G® Safety Seats.
For more information, contact Oregon Aero at 1-800-888-6910.
About Oregon Aero, Inc.
A leader in engineering, testing, certifying and manufacturing advanced seating systems for aircraft and other applications, Oregon Aero, Inc. is known for providing The Ultimate in Flying Comfort™. The company — AS9100 certified and home to an FAA-approved Repair Station — also specializes in headset upgrade kits, aviation and ballistic helmet upgrade kits, pilot accessories, and professional CRM/AMRM training. All Oregon Aero® products are developed and manufactured in the U.S.A. [ home ]