Bicycle Ergonomics and Passenger Planes – Something in Common?

Dale Campbell, Co-Editor

Airbus, the world’s second-largest aircraft maker, recently filed a patent application for a seat design that resembles bicycle seats.  The objective of the design would be to make room for putting even more people on a plane.  Interestingly enough, the following statement is included in the patent application: “In all cases, this increase in the number of seats is achieved to the detriment of the comfort of the passengers…”  To their credit, Airbus was noted as also stating that the seats would be tolerable only if “the flight lasts only one or a few hours.”
 
So, will we be experiencing that cycling feeling at 35,000 feet anytime in the near future?  Probably not, as a spokesperson for Airbus noted it’s unlikely that the seat design filed with the patent will ever make it to market.
 
Curious about the details?  Take a look at the article in the Financial Post for more information.

Bent Fork - Volume 7, Issue 4 - August 2014

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