Headrests/Head support?

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Headrests/Head support?

Postby Cluemeister » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:28 am

Just got back from the Expo in Sebring. Noticed on the low wing side of things, some seats had headrests (Bristell) and some did not (Sportcruiser). Is there a reason some planes have some and some don't?

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Re: Headrests/Head support?

Postby drseti » Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:09 am

I had the low-back seats on my old (2006) SportStar, but high-back on my new one. Advantage: very comfortable. Disadvantages: reduced rear visibility, and you can't reach into the baggage compartment in flight.
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Re: Headrests/Head support?

Postby Cluemeister » Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:52 am

Thanks Paul. Didn't know if the manufacturers offered both styles, or if they pick one and run with it.

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Re: Headrests/Head support?

Postby FastEddieB » Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:10 pm

Quick take:

Headrests seem mainly designed to avoid whiplash-style injuries when a car is rear-ended.

Not too much of a danger of that in a plane.

IOW, I see them of limited utility in planes.
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Re: Headrests/Head support?

Postby jake » Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:41 pm

I believe Ed is correct. The high back seats are mostly for the look. Tecnam had low seat backs in the Sierra but went to a foldable headrest in the Astore for a modern look while still allowing easy access to the baggage.

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