This weekend all six seats from the three Cessna’s were pulled down so that their frames can be completely refurbished. The seat refurbishment will involve a total tear down of the upholstery and frame components, full paint strip, prime, repaint and reassembly with new hardware.
The seating from the Aerobat and Commuter appear to be original, whilst those from VH-KKU have been reupholstered during their service life. The big question now is what design should be adopt for the upholstery! The seating from VH-IRR is unique in that both the seat back and base cushions can be removed to accommodate a pilot and parachute – a handy option for the two aerobatic airplanes.
Whilst the paint stripping continues with VH-IRR, the team also gave the Cessna 152 Aerobat VH-KKU a thorough interior clean out, in preparation for internal paint priming of the structure. Many thanks to AOPA Australia member Tim Downs for giving the refurbishment team a hand with this tedious work! After a solid 5 hours of cleaning the interior structure is looking like new, with no surface corrosion visible anywhere.