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Limosa, the Canadian electric Vertical and Conventional Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL and eCTOL) design and manufacturing company, has today concluded a framework agreement on the supply of crash-safety seating systems with AUTOFLUG from Germany. A significant reason for the decision is the low weight and slimline design of the FLYWEIGHT® seat family developed by AUTOFLUG. In addition, Limosa has chosen a seat that has already finished qualification and is available on the market and will also serve the needs for its 1+7-seater all-electric aircraft, meaning it is saving time and money in the development phase as a result. The various options within the FLYWEIGHT® seat family enable optimal use of the cabin for a wide range of applications. As a result, the cabin layout can be adjusted to suit the various missions of the customer’s flight operations in a matter of minutes thanks to the quick and easy installation and removal of individual seats as well as the foldable the FLYWEIGHT® UP seat. The first delivery for the Limosa LimoConnect is scheduled for 2028 with a design that includes vertical takeoff and landing, as well as conventional flying. In addition, the Limosa LimoConnect concept, that initially envisage flight operations taking place with a pilot, are banking on autonomous flight as soon as this becomes possible. “We believe that we have to think of interior of our aircraft as soon as possible in order to configure the aircraft for different applications and mission capabilities. Seats are one of the main parts of the interior, and we are so delighted to partner with AUTOFLUG who, in addition to having an innovative range of lightweight seats, meets all our requirements” explains Dr. Hamid Hamidi, CEO at Limosa, referring to the already available certification for the individual seat variants. In addition, the low weight and modern design are important points for promoting the program. “In Limosa, we have been able to get another big player in the field of eVTOL technology for our FLYWEIGHT® seats. We are looking forward to this exciting project and cooperation in the coming years,” says Martin Kroell, CEO of AUTOFLUG, when signing the contract. The initial plan for the start of serial production is an annual capacity of 2,000 seats in the various designs; this will thereafter increase significantly.
AUTOFLUG is true to this motto. A medium-sized family firm now in the third generation, AUTOFLUG has been a leading provider of products and services since the early days of aviation, specially focusing on rescuing people and ensuring their safety. As a globally recognized supplier and service partner of the international aviation industry and for defense technology, the company with approximately 250 employees develops, produces and services a wide range of textile, mechanical and electronic components and systems, among others. AUTOFLUG, based in Rellingen (Schleswig-Holstein, Germany), has decades of experience and expertise in the areas of rescue and safety, ergonomics, textiles, mechanical systems, precision engineering, electronics, software as well as measurement and control technology. The AUTOFLUG range of products and services comprises:
▪ Cabin solutions for helicopters, transport aircraft and land vehicles with a key topic of safety seat systems
▪ Fuel measuring and control systems as well as auxiliary fuel tank systems for aircraft and land vehicles
▪ Maintenance and repair of Martin-Baker ejection seats for the German Air Force
▪ Harnesses and restraint systems for aircraft and land vehicles
▪ Protective equipment for pilots, such as NBC and anti-G suits
▪ Personal survival packs (PSPs)
▪ Rescue parachutes, brake parachutes and recovery parachute systems
▪ Technical / logistical support: Technical logistics, technical documentation, training solutions, obsolescence management
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