Wichita, KS—Yingling Aviation, which has installed more than 100 OASIS interiors in the Cessna Model 208 Caravan, has developed a new versatile lightweight seat (VLS) for use in the popular single engine turboprop. Designed to provide Caravan owners with an option that is lighter and with more comfort, the VLS can be incorporated into the OASIS package or ordered as an option on the standard Model 208. At a fully-upholstered weight of 45 pounds, the seat comes with a quick release feature that allows easy removal to permit the airplane to be used for cargo carrying missions.
“The specially-designed VLS is another example of our ongoing efforts to provide Cessna Caravan operators with creative and economical ways to maximize the productivity—and comfort—of their airplane. The Caravan is known for its versatility so we’ve designed a seat that adds even more flexibility to it,” said Lynn Nichols, president of Yingling Aviation.
The VLS design offers passengers enhanced visibility, is fully-reclinable and equipped with both inboard and outboard stowable armrests. The headrest is also adjustable for added comfort. The seats have passed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) 21G dynamic test requirement for forward-facing seats and are equipped with full forward breakover seatbacks, retractable shoulder harnesses and the ability to track fore and aft for additional legroom or cargo space. The stylish design also incorporates a magazine pocket and an optional, fold-down meal tray.
Installation of the seats takes approximately five minutes and can be scheduled immediately.