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Poll: Bench Seats (10 member(s) have cast votes)

Can you sit sideways (facing the pt) and provide pt care while belted in your aircraft?

  1. No (3 votes [25.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

  2. Yes, Bench Seat (3 votes [25.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

  3. Yes, Swivel/reclining seat (4 votes [33.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  4. Yes, other configuration (2 votes [16.67%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

What is your bench used for primarily (in real life)?

  1. Sleeping on empty legs (1 votes [9.09%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.09%

  2. Pilot napping while med crew are at the hospital (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Storage (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. 2nd Pt (1 votes [9.09%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.09%

  5. Seating facing the pt during cruise only (1 votes [9.09%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.09%

  6. Seating throughout all phases of flight (1 votes [9.09%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.09%

  7. N/A (7 votes [63.64%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 63.64%

Have any of your crew complained of back issues aggravated or caused by takeoff/landing or the poor ergonomics of the bench seat?

  1. Yes (3 votes [30.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 30.00%

  2. Not Yet (2 votes [20.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 20.00%

  3. No (1 votes [10.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 10.00%

  4. N/A (4 votes [40.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 40.00%

If you have flown both with bench seats and standard (fwd/aft facing) seats, which did you prefer (and why)

  1. Bench (1 votes [10.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 10.00%

  2. Fwd facing (7 votes [70.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 70.00%

  3. Aft facing (2 votes [20.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 20.00%

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#1 Macgyver

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 06:51 AM

Looking for info on how many programs are still using bench (sideways) seating on FW.. Also it there is a bench seat opposite the stretcher, how often is it used for a second pt.

Additionally, interested if there are other seating positions for the med crew so they don't have to sit hunched over and sideways all the time - especially on takeoff/landing.

Finally, who has reclining seats that can not only slide back/forth but also can be rotated to face the pt during cruise? I've used them on a Lear but can't remember the brand... Looking for ones with an STC for a King Air B200

Please feel free to add any other comments on seating layouts and seats - especially how you find them as a working environment.
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#2 SerendepitySaki

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:56 AM

Spectrum AeroMed.

http://www.spectrum-aeromed.com/
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 07:05 PM

Our sleds are basic Spectrum models in a Lear 35a. I thought the seats were standard to the Lear. At the head of the sled we have an aft facing seat. Next to/across from the sled we have two seats, one behind the other, that slide fore and aft and swivel (with effort) to face the sled. Across the back we have a bench for two. We typically work in the two seats along the side, unless we have an augmented crew. Family member/passenger gets a seat on the bench at the foot of the sled.
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#4 mutumbo

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:47 AM

Our lear is setup the same as Medic09's except i dont think our seats swivel. We also operate a Kingair 90& 200. The 90 has the fwd/aft seats and the 200 has the bench. I personally have not transported 2 patients at once, but it has been done occasionally in the 200.
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Posted 26 August 2012 - 01:44 AM

Thanks all - the new King Air 200 is now in - with fully swivelling and sliding seats. Bench was nixed (YEAH!!!) Also a "jumpseat" ahead of 1st of two right side stretchers (Lifeport + serviplex) in addition to an aft facing seat behind the PIC. All 6 pax positions on the cabin intercom - with a crossconnect to the flight deck (and isolate) with a pt+Pax/med crew isolate function. Also a RW style control head and radio's/sat phone. Hope it will make it to AMTC to be shown off... it is SWEET!. Major Kudo's to the RN's and Pilots who fought to get the concept signed off on by the PTB and actually delivered (the design was the easy bit!)
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 04:26 AM

Sounds great, Ken! My father would say, "use it in good health".
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