After 14 years it was about time to refresh the seat cushions in my RV-8. I?ve been extremely happy with the sheepskin covering of my original seats ? my Goldilocks seats as I call them -- they have never been too hot or too cold but just right. The sheepskin has never torn and has held up extremely well. I figure, however, the foam has probably deteriorated over time and certainly the original sheepskin coverings have faded.
As a side note, I?m surprised more builders don?t opt for the sheepskin ? not as sexy as leather but they sure are comfortable. Price is about the same as leather.
I opted for Flightline Interiors to produce the new seats and I can certainly recommend them (see photos below).
Abby did a great job and I appreciate the quality of the build and the advice in selection. I discussed using the comfort-foam for the core material as opposed to regular foam. Abby advised me that for the RV-8 Flightline uses comfort-foam as standard for the upper layer of the build and it was unlikely I would notice the difference to add it for the lower layers. [Note: I?m not sure if this holds true for the side-by-side aircraft seating.]
The lateral and lumbar support of these seats is a big step up from my previous set. They are very comfortable and fit like a glove. I hope I don?t fall asleep when flying
. I know my wife will like them.
Kudos to Abby. Thanks for the great work. I?m ready for another 14 years of RV fun. Perhaps new side panels will be next on my wish list
Rear seat cushions in pre-installation mock up.
Rear seat cushions installed.
Front seat cushions in pre-installation mock up.
Front seat cushions installed .
Daylight photo to better show the color.
1. Photos were taken with an iPhone under various light sources: fluorescent light in the man-cave photos, daylight-balanced fluorescent in the hangar, and daylight for exterior.
2. Color selected for Sheepskin was ?Shingle?.
3. Side panels were vinyl ?Stealth? color.
4. Install time was less than an hour. I only had to adjust the crotch straps on the Crow Seat belts to account for differing height.
5. I haven?t used the Velcro tapes included as yet. Today was cold in the hangar and I figured the glue would probably not adhere too well. I don?t think the Velcro is necessary as the seatbacks fit snugly in place.
6. I use straight control sticks as opposed to bent sticks in both front and back. No interference noted during test flight.