Got Saggy Seat bottoms? Are your seats a
Pain in the A$$ on long trips? Is your upholstery in nice shape?
Well, having done a complete leather interior
when I got my plane 4 years ago, these are questions I could answer Yes to?
Amazingly, here is what my seat looked like
only 6 months (November 2004) after the new interior job when I took delivery of
my B55. It did not get better with age, 4 years later. Don't ask why I did not
take it back to the shop that did the work!
A friend and fellow Beechcraft owner told me about
C&H Interiors aircraft
upholstery shop based at
52F. He was
having them do a complete rebuild on his Bonanza seats with orthopedic confor
foam and was impressed with Wayne's work.
So, I took just my pilot seat to Wayne Caron
at C&H and asked him if he could get all the pucker out of my seat bottom and
look at the foam.
Within minutes of looking at my seat, Wayne
knew what had happened with the original interior job, poor materials selection
of the supporting materials and low cost foam. He could tear it all down and
rebuild the base to the original Beech factory neoprene style support and put "confor"
orthopedic foam into the bottom for a really comfortable ride on my >4.5 hr
cross country trips.
He called it 2 hours worth of work and $60 in
foam materials. I quickly said, "absolutely, I'm in for the overhaul!"
Two days later I picked up the seat, on time
and on budget and was thrilled with the results! I even received all the burn
certifications for the materials used in the work. Here is a picture of the seat
after C&H's work:
My seat bottom feels so much better, it actually
feels like a high quality German car seat, a BMW, Mercedes or Audi level of
comfort and quality.
My next trip of 4.5 hours up north was truly
comfortable and I'm planning to give Wayne the co-pilot seat sometime in the
So, for only a few CSOB bucks you can really
get a very nice seat upgrade for your Beechcraft and eliminate that saggy
feeling in your seat! If you're anywhere near the Dallas area you should think
about giving C&H a shot at your aircraft upholstery work.
Need more CSOB status you say? Build
your own seats up with Confor Foam like Jeff J., from these folks at
High Tech Foams
PS: HERE is the FAA
Flammability Testing Requirements in case you want to check your materials.