C&L Aviation Services has received supplemental type certificates (STC) from 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 1×1 business-class seating arrangement with a comfortable and luxurious 43-inch seat pitch and extended reclining capabilities. In this configuration, the cabin is transformed from 37 to 16 seats. Further, the STC 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 begin producing custom, semi-private aircraft interiors a few years ago we have received several inquiries for this type of configuration,” said 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 customer’s needs.”
C&L is also actively working on an STC amendment to include the ERJ 145 and expect 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, it requires another C&L STC to be done in conjunction, which removes the cabin overhead bins, installs new ceiling and valance panels, introduces continuous run LED lighting as well as an additional row of overhead lighting.