C&L Aviation Group has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) to convert Embraer ERJ-135 regional airliners to a semi-private configuration. Structural modifications for seat track relocation that converts the model’s capacity from 37 to 16 seats with a 43-inch pitch and extended reclining are included in the FAA approval, as is a new center aisle and galley improvements that increase the aircraft’s beverage capacity.
Those modifications require another STC by C&L for removal of overhead bins, installation of new ceiling and valance panels, continuous-run LED lighting, and an additional row of overhead lighting. “Since we began producing custom, semi-private aircraft interiors a few years ago, we have received several inquiries for this type of configuration,” said C&L Aviation Services director of maintenance Phil Miholovich. “Having our own in-house engineering group allows us to dedicate resources to STC projects like this one that meets customer’s needs.”
The Bangor, Maine-based MRO and completions provider is also working on an STC amendment that would allow it to convert ERJ-145s to a 24-seat configuration.