Why are Pilot seats generally have sheepskin cover? If you hear it for the first time, it may sound a bit surprising, but indeed most pilot seats are covered with sheath made of sheepskin. The ground for this is based on very logical reasons. Let’s look to the main reasons why this “primitive” material was preferred in modern aviation.
– Sheep hide is a ‘breathable’ natural material.
– Creates a multi-layered, airy texture between the body and the seat. Thanks to this feature, it prevents sweating and keeps warm in winter and cool in summer.
– Thanks to its ability to absorb moisture, it does not create a wet feeling even on long flights. It stays dry and does not cause odor.
– While synthetic tissues can cause allergies, processed natural wool is hypoallergenic.
– It is resistant to fire and high temperature compared to synthetic materials. The high fire resistance of sheepskin also results from the high nitrogen and water content in its natural structure. Therefore, it requires higher oxygen levels in the surrounding environment for the sheepskin to burn, which means most importantly it is hard to burn.
Sheepskin resists rips, snags and liquids.
On the other hand, when synthetic fabric ignites, it releases toxic and more flammable gases. Natural leather does not ignite, does not melt and stick.
Usage areas of sheepskin are not limited to pilot seats in the cockpit. It can even be seen in seats of cars and motorcycles. As usual nature knows best and this valuable material is used in such areas for the comfort and health of people.
For more articles click.