Aerospace Industry

2008 was a big year, marking our entrance into

the aerospace seat manufacturing world. Notoriously stringent

with its industry standards and certifications, leading aerospace

brands took note of our flexibility and ability to complete truly

custom projects with ease. Our vertical integration and

extensive experience in the automotive industry has positioned

us as a key supplier for the aerospace industry.

BREAKING THE MOLD

RCO Aerospace provides aircraft manufacturers with an alternative to the traditional aerospace design and product development approach. Bringing automotive technology, processes, quality, and repeatability to the aircraft industry, RCO is changing the way aircraft seats and interiors are designed, built, and installed. Many of our projects are joint development programs where we design and produce a product unique to each customer’s requirements.

AEROSPACE SERVICES

Design & Engineer

Over 300 engineers and designers experienced in plastic, metal, and composite product design.

Our team has designed 4 families, with 25 different model numbers, of TSOA seats and divans that are in service today.

Two concept aerospace seats for the business jet seating market.
Interior of a business jet appointed in leather.
RCO's Robostand product tests an aerospace seat.

Certification & Testing

A mocked up airplane fuselage sits in RCO's shop.

Prototyping & Mockups

A full size airpane fuselage mocked up by RCO.
RCO's Robostand product tests an aerospace seat.

RCO Certification Dept is well versed in all facets of FAA seat and divan TSO approval processes; including static, dynamic, and flammability test plans.

Staff DMIR, along with multiple supporting inspectors, support FAA conformities and FAIs.

We perform durability testing, static testing, fatigue testing, and environmental chamber testing in our  25,000 sq ft A2LA accredited mechanical test lab.

All of our dynamic testing takes place in FAA approved labs like NIAR at WSU.

 

 

Using RCO’s suite of capabilities we are able to provide our customers with full scale interior and exterior

mockups utilizing the latest technology and material types. We have dedicated well over 7,000 sq ft of build space and can flex space to accommodate private build areas for classified programs.

 

 

 

Production and Repair

RCO Aerospace's manufacturing facility.
A worker at RCO aerospace assembles a seat in our manufacturing facility.

RCO Aerospace has a dedicated seat manufacturing facility with the expertise and capabilities to take on any program. We produce over 80 percent of the seat components in house for

our production seat programs. Our facility also touts an EASA approved FAA Certified 145 repair station with specialization in

seat and component repairs.

 

 AEROSPACE

CAPABILITIES

Composites

A concept aerospace seat with carbon fiber and leather.
A worker assembles seats in RCO aerospaces production manufacturing facility.
A carbon fiber footrest assembly for an aerospace seat.

Foam Components

A worker operates a molded foam machine at RCO engineering.
Machined aluminum components for an aerospace seat.

Metal Components

Foam blocks used for aerospace seating.
  • STRUCTURAL
  • NON STRUCTURAL
  • SHORT CYCLE TIME
  • SMC CHOPPED CARBON FIBER
  • REDUCED OR ELIMINATED POST PROCESSING
  • PRE-PREG STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS
  • VARYING PART THICKNESS
  • COMPLEX PART SHAPES
  • INTEGRATED FASTENERS AND STIFFENERS
  • STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY

 

 

After 30 years of pouring foam for our automotive customers we are now perfecting this process for the aerospace industry.

We can pour polyurethane directly into a mold and have a finished pad in less than 10 minutes.

If CAD data is not available and turn around time is tight, we can hand shape foam pads to any contour or hardness.

If CAD data is available we can use our CNC machines to cut multiple shapes of varying hardness.

RCO has extensive metal working capabilities to support the aerospace industry. Our CNC department houses milling machines, ranging from 3 axis to 5 axis and are dedicated to machining aluminum components for structural and aesthetic functions in aerospace interiors. In addition, we design and build our own dies, to stamp out lightweight aluminum and high strength steel components for seat structures, and other interior assemblies.

 

Plastic Components

A plastic injection molded component.
A fused deposition modeled (FDM) plastic component rapid prototyped in RCO's facility.

CUSTOM DIVANS

A custom divan for a business jet.
Twin bed

Power or manual option available to berth twin bed.
Certification

Certification can be completed with inflatable shoulder restraints and leg flail.
Storage Options

Lower compartment available with optional drawers, doors, or storage boxes.
A custom L shaped divan for a business jet.
L-shaped Divan

Specifically designed for large business jet installations.

 Our Place in the Aerospace Engineering Industry

Historically, leading jet manufacturing brands were limited to just a few seat manufacturers. When they sought new, out of the box aircraft seat manufacturers, they found RCO Aerospace Products.

Our reputation in the automotive industry and our expertise with lightweight materials uniquely positioned us to meet and exceed the aerospace industry’s stringent aesthetic, functional and design requirements.

 

Today, we’re proud to be a trusted partner for aerospace design, engineering, testing and manufacturing. You’ll find RCO created seating high above the clouds in the exceptionally comfortable foam products of commercial aircraft, to the extremely custom VIP seating of business jets.

You're in good company

AS9100, ISO9001, ISO17025, ISO14001, FAA CERTIFIED 145 REPAIR STATION #2RCR028C

RCO Aerospace official logo

EXISTING TSOS

 

We've been producing rapid prototype parts for the automotive industry since 1990. Using our FDM technology we can produce exact copies of your CAD file overnight, in a variety of materials. Once a part is made we build silicon molds which enable us to hand pour additional copies at a fraction of the cost. From the FDM we can also build small to large injection molds that can produce well over 20,000 parts.

Interior of a business jet appointed in leather.
Two concept aerospace seats for the business jet seating market.
RCO's Robostand product tests an aerospace seat.
A mocked up airplane fuselage sits in RCO's shop.
A full size airpane fuselage mocked up by RCO.
RCO's Robostand product tests an aerospace seat.
RCO Aerospace's manufacturing facility.
A worker at RCO aerospace assembles a seat in our manufacturing facility.
A concept aerospace seat with carbon fiber and leather.
A worker assembles seats in RCO aerospaces production manufacturing facility.
A carbon fiber footrest assembly for an aerospace seat.
A worker operates a molded foam machine at RCO engineering.
Machined aluminum components for an aerospace seat.
Foam blocks used for aerospace seating.
A fused deposition modeled (FDM) plastic component rapid prototyped in RCO's facility.
A plastic injection molded component.
A custom divan for a business jet.
A custom L shaped divan for a business jet.
A mocked up airplane fuselage sits in RCO's shop.
A full size airpane fuselage mocked up by RCO.
RCO's Robostand product tests an aerospace seat.
RCO's Robostand product tests an aerospace seat.
RCO Aerospace's manufacturing facility.
A worker at RCO aerospace assembles a seat in our manufacturing facility.
A concept aerospace seat with carbon fiber and leather.
A carbon fiber footrest assembly for an aerospace seat.
Foam blocks used for aerospace seating.
A worker operates a molded foam machine at RCO engineering.
Machined aluminum components for an aerospace seat.
A worker assembles seats in RCO aerospaces production manufacturing facility.
A fused deposition modeled (FDM) plastic component rapid prototyped in RCO's facility.
A plastic injection molded component.

Electro Hydraulic Powered Single

Electrical Assist Manual Single

Double Configuration

Divan

Aerospace Industry

Interior of a business jet appointed in leather.
A mocked up airplane fuselage sits in RCO's shop.
RCO's Robostand product tests an aerospace seat.
RCO Aerospace's manufacturing facility.
A concept aerospace seat with carbon fiber and leather.
A worker operates a molded foam machine at RCO engineering.
A worker assembles seats in RCO aerospaces production manufacturing facility.
A fused deposition modeled (FDM) plastic component rapid prototyped in RCO's facility.
A custom L shaped divan for a business jet.

2008 was a big year, marking our entrance into the aerospace seat manufacturing world. Notoriously stringent with its industry standards and certifications, leading aerospace brands took note of our flexibility and ability to complete truly custom projects with ease. Our vertical integration and

extensive experience in the automotive industry has positioned us as a key supplier for the aerospace industry.

RCO Aerospace's manufacturing facility.
A concept aerospace seat with carbon fiber and leather.
A worker operates a molded foam machine at RCO engineering.
A worker assembles seats in RCO aerospaces production manufacturing facility.
A fused deposition modeled (FDM) plastic component rapid prototyped in RCO's facility.
A custom divan for a business jet.
A custom L shaped divan for a business jet.