Rick Crosby, one of the Business Unit Directors within the STAG Group’s Aircraft Interiors Division, will be presenting on ‘Fit and Finish’ within the aircraft cabin environment at the Aircraft Cabin Maintenance Conference.
His presentation will focus on passenger seating, an area that Rick has gained considerable experience in from repair and overhaul of seats, supply of seat plastics, and customisation projects. This has involved liaising with airlines, operators and component suppliers.
One of the key challenges in the industry is balancing maintenance with the conflicting needs of reduced weight, cost per pax (passenger) and look/function of the seat. The presentation considers four maintenance phases:
- On aircraft day-to-day
- Routine maintenance
These areas will be explored during the presentation, with suggestions of how early consideration of these factors can improve the final design of aircraft interior components with respect to maintaining the product. This includes adoption of common approaches across seating, 8D problem solving with existing products, identifying patterns and developing a framework, plus integrating this framework within the design review process.
Finally there is reflection on the increasing complexity of aircraft seating over the last two decades with an insight into some of new production techniques and materials that will be used in future developments.