The most popular basket options at the moment are doors, seats and adjustable partitions. Many ride operators (and an increasing number of passengers) feel that they should be able to get into the basket without climbing. Doors in the sides of the basket offer an easy way in and there are many ways of fitting them to the various baskets that we build. Doors are also available for the pilots compartment to make removing cylinders easier – these are called service doors. We have individual seats for less able passengers and clever internal partitions that can be moved to give extra space or removed entirely to convert a partitioned basket to a single open area. All this equipment is approved by both EASA and the FAA.
A few words on these very practical systems:
- Basket doors - these doors, that can be hung to open to either the left or right, are designed so that, when open, they only slightly reduce the rigidity of the basket. When closed with our unique locking pin the basket is as rigid as one without a door. This has been proved in a multitude of installations in basket varying from the K17 to the K100.
- Basket seats - we introduced these form hugging seats so that less abled passengers could be flown comfortably; once in the market place they proved so popular that they are now being used by a number of companies to fly high-end passengers and VIPs. Why stand when you can sit? When seats are fitted it is a good idea to add see-through windows to the side of the basket so that seated passengers can see out easily.
- Adjustable partitions - Our unique adjustable partitions can be moved so that the area within a basket can be divided in two different ways – or they can be removed entirely.The principle behind these moving partitions is shown here: scheme (DTT baskets).
- Service door - for quick and easy loading and unloading of fuel cylinders.
Important notice: The basket equipped with the door or the passenger seat installed must only be flown under the envelope fitted with the rotation vent!
If you intend to fit our seats to your basket then we recommend that you also have an adjustable partition. Because the seats are quite substantial the basket is best divided 60/40 with the seats in the 60 area. When not using the seats they can be removed and the partition repositioned so that the space is divided 50/50. These pictures show how the partition can divide the space.