As airlines revamp their cabins with new seating concepts and cutting-edge inflight entertainment (IFE) systems, suppliers are having to adapt to precertification testing regimes that are evolving with equal complexity. “Seats are still the main focus for testing and certification, because they are so integral to passenger safety,” says Michael Planey, president of HMPlaney Consultants in Alexandria, Virginia. “As more components are incorporated into seating, such as IFE ...

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