C&L Aviation Group Receives STC Certification for Embraer 135 Business-Class Solution
C&L Aviation Services, a C&L Aviation Group company, receives its STC by the FAA for its 16-passenger business-class seating and floor-leveling solution to be used in the Embraer ERJ 135.
The STC certifies structural modifications for seat track relocation, allowing for a 1x1 business-class seating arrangement with a comfortable and luxurious 43-inch seat pitch and extended reclining capabilities. The modification transforms the cabin from 37 to 16 seats and allows for a new center aisle (prior to the modification the aisle is offset) and extended aisle width. The STC modification also includes gally improvements that increase the aircraft’s beverage capacity.
“Since we began producing custom, semi-private aircraft interiors a few years ago, we have received several inquiries for this type of configuration,” says Phil Miholovich, director of Maintenance for C&L Aviation Services. “Having our own in-house engineering group allows us to dedicate resources to STC projects like this one that meets customers' needs.”
C&L is also actively working on an STC amendment to include the ERJ 145. The company expects FAA approval to come before the end of 2021. The ERJ 145 will be able to accommodate up to 24 seats with this modification.
In order for these modifications to be implemented, another C&L STC is required to be done in conjunction, which removes the cabin overhead bins, installs new ceiling and valance panels, and introduces continuous-run LED lighting as well as an additional row of overhead lighting.
C&L has been modifying and upgrading the interiors and systems on ERJs for several years and specializes in converting these aircraft into business-class and luxury jets. C&L also provides on-site engineering, avionics support, aircraft exterior painting, and heavy maintenance services. The company also carries one of the world’s largest inventories of ERJ parts in its warehouse, reducing maintenance times associated with these types of projects. Currently, the company is developing several other ERJ upgrades, including a new 1st-class seat design.
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