VIDEO: Flexible aircraft seat system lets airlines change pitch

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9 Responses to VIDEO: Flexible aircraft seat system lets airlines change pitch

  1. Cedarglen July 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Nice interview, but I would REALLY like to see video of the system working. Thanks. -C.

  2. Stef July 8, 2011 at 6:33 am #

    So, do they remove and add the seats (at the back)? Or do they just squeeze the leg space between last couple of rows back to nothing and leave them empty?

  3. Jonathan Norris July 10, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Two major challenges that have to be overcome:

    1) reducing the weight significantly (no-one can afford to fly around dead-weight which is used on an infrequent basis to re-pitch the cabin) and

    2) linking the system to re-pitch the overhead Passenger Service Channel lights, oxygen masks and air outlets. It’s no-use re-pitching the seats if you don’t re-pitch the PSU.

    Also all cabin LOPAs have to be pre-certified with the relevant airworthiness authority – you cannot make modifications to layout unless they are to a pre-determined and certified layout.

  4. Jonathan Norris July 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    Two major challenges that have to be overcome:
    1) reducing the weight significantly (no-one can afford to fly around dead-weight which is used on an infrequent basis to re-pitch the cabin) and
    2) linking the system to re-pitch the overhead Passenger Service Channel lights, oxygen masks and air outlets. It’s no-use re-pitching the seats if you don’t re-pitch the PSU.
    Also all cabin LOPAs have to be pre-certified with the relevant airworthiness authority – you cannot make modifications to layout unless they are to a pre-determined and certified layout.

  5. Peter Bishop July 12, 2011 at 2:52 am #

    Dear Cedarglen,
    There is a short snap shot of the system working on the website promational video at http://www.bishop-gmbh.com.

    Failing this this, please contact me to make an appointment.
    System is ready for demonstration at our offices in Hamburg.

    Many thanks

    Peter Bishop

  6. Stuart Clarke July 12, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Test

  7. Peter Bishop July 19, 2011 at 3:08 am #

    Reply to By Stef on July 8, 2011 6:33 A

    Many thanks for your question, which I am glad to answer:

    FSAS is the world’s first and so far only automatic cabin reconfiguration system (with intergrated IFE) which is up and working.

    This is not an exhaustive list. But the FSAS is a proof of concept system (POC), made up of new a new seat rail and fitting, new IFE, optimisation of seating algorithm, connection to internet and passengers IPOD. For the first time connects up the whole transport system, in one continuous loop.

    For the first time passengers can buy the number of cm of leg room they want, or need. Space not needed can be remarketed and sold on.

    At Bishop we have built a POC, demonstrating automatic seat reconfiguration of the cabin seats. However, the system could be adapted to move by hand partitions, galleys, rest rooms and other monuments using the special Bishop fittings.

    For a full deployment, seats could be added or removed as required (or retained using cinema folding seats). The idea is that there will be no empty space in the cabin. The seats reconfigure according to actual demand. Or, the part of or whole system could be deployed only to those seats in the vicinity of the interface from business to economy seating as found on the A350 XWB.

    Its a new business model for the airlines, it’s of benefit to passengers.

    Many new individual products can be spun out of FSAS.

    Does the above answer your question ?

  8. Peter Bishop July 19, 2011 at 3:32 am #

    I agree that “no-one can afford to fly around dead-weight which is used on an infrequent basis to re-pitch the cabin”.
    But only with FSAS, every cm of space can be sold, remarketed or used for extra leg room resulting in greater revenues. For the first time, instant reconfiguration is possible which will open up new business models and markets according to seasonal trends In my opinion, its obscene operate jet aircraft with empty seats – which no one should have to afford.

    To 2)
    We know of a OEM that already has a system for re-pitch the overhead Passenger Service Channel lights, oxygen masks and air outlets. Failing this, these systems could be built into the seats.

    For the FSAS, the envelope would have to be certified for each possible layout before deployment – otherwise we see no difficulty ?

    Another advantage of FSAS, is that optimisation of the C of g may offer performance improvements and saving.

    Jonathan, does the above answer your comments ?

  9. Peter Bishop July 19, 2011 at 3:37 am #

    Reply to: By Stuart Clarke
    on July 12, 2011 11:14 AM

    The FSAS is complex up and running system. It is the world’s first aircraft automatic cabin recomfiguration system, with wireless IFE connected to the internet. Many spin offs are envisaged.

    We are at the moment into detail planning of our 1 cm seat rail, after which we will then move on to the FSAS.

    The system is available at any time for private viewinga nd testing.

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