Restoration of aircraft seating

From private to commercial planes, jets, and helicopters, our master craftsmen specialize in repairing, re-dying, and reconditioning seating and door panels on aircraft. The dyes we use are approved by the FAA and are burn certified. Restoration of leather aircraft interiors is much more cost-effective than replacing with FAA approved leather which can run as much as $80K per seat.

3 ways to maintain your airplane seats

After years of experience in the aviation industry, we have learned that one of the most costly aspects of operating an aircraft is replacing things you never thought would need replacing. After all, no one really considers switching out their seats when they buy a car, but this is all too common of an occurrence when it comes to leather or vinyl aircraft seating. Fortunately, there are a few ways to add years to your seats without replacing them.

1. Clean Seating on a Regular Basis

Periodic cleaning and conditioning is your most important step. We recommend this process every 3 to 6 months depending on how much use it gets. Be sure not to over-clean and condition as this is not good for the leather. Use a good all purpose cleaner and a separate conditioner. Lexol is a good reliable brand and very cost-effective.

2. Have a “Fly-Away” Kit on Hand

Even if an airplane or helicopter has the most careful passengers, accidents are going to happen. Just because someone gets on the aircraft nice and clean and doesn’t allow their bare skin to touch the seating doesn’t mean they won’t get it dirty. Spilled wine, dropped food and a variety of other accidental occurrences can lead to damage. That’s why a “fly-away” kit is necessary.

Typically, a fly-away kit contains special tools needed to maintain an aircraft, and they’re kept on board in case they are needed while away from the hangar. These kits don’t have to be anything fancy, and pilots should also ensure that they have leather or vinyl cleaner packed away in them.

3. Reduce Overall Sun Exposure

Periodic cleaning and conditioning of aircraft seating certainly go a long way in reducing wear and tear, but there are several other easy tips that can assist in accomplishing this goal. With sunlight being one of the main causes of degradation on airplane and helicopter seating, it’s simple to purchase a sun-shield to place in the windows of the aircraft. For commercial airplanes, this can be as easy as closing the shades on every window when not in use.

Sun exposure reduction can also be accomplished by keeping the aircraft in a hanger when on the ground. While many pilots only do this if a storm is coming through, keeping a plane stored in a hanger can reduce sun damage to seats and also to the aircraft exterior.

Our Dyes are FAA Approved and Burn Certified

The dyes  we use have a burn certification and are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Why Use LA Leather Repair to Maintain your Aircraft’s Leather

Whether your plane is in the hangar, on the tarmac or down for maintenance, we can come to you and make your seating look as good as new. From Burbank Airport to LAX, we’ve got your aircraft seating needs covered.

If you want to keep your aircraft seating looking new, contact us today. We provide mobile aircraft seating renewal services across Los Angeles.

Give us a call at 213-500-6220 so we can give you a free quote.


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