The UK SME has developed an innovative seat allowing the transfer of wheelchair users to the aircraft seat in a quick, comfortable, dignified and safe manner.
This wheelchair in-situ transfer seat has been invented and designed by a disabled air passenger who has experienced first hand the issues faced with flying a person with physical reduced mobility, including the dilemma in emergency situations.
Essentially this product is a sling which has been combined into a seat that is placed into a users wheelchair. The user is then sat on top of the seat within their wheelchair.
The product features:
- Manual handles: 8 individual handles for manual lifting, giving greater option of lifts available in different spaces
- Extension straps: 2 additional straps for extra leverage when manually lifting in tight spaces
- Looped hoist straps: 2 back straps, 2 leg straps and 2 inner leg straps
- A seat cushion made of cold mould memory foam
- Cut out side panels to allow a wheelchair or aircraft seat belt to pass through
- Pouches to hide away the looped hoist straps when not in use.
The seat is also equipped with a convenient travel pouch to put a phone, passport and useful travel documentation in.
The product comes in 4 sizes, small, medium, large and extra-large. It can load up to 200 Kg safely. It is professionally looking and discreet.
The company is young, and in its start-up phase. It has a brand license deal with a recognisable brand within the aviation industry across Europe, including some private investment from a well-known business tycoon.
The company is operating in the travel and the medical industry, as the transfer seat is supplied for travel purposes, yet has to comply with the medical requirements in the UK (with the MHRA - Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), and with the European standards for medical devices.
The UK company is looking to expand further in European markets and is looking for partners who have established distribution channels and networks in the commercial aviation industry. A distribution agreement is sought.