Entrepreneur’s new device can keep Covid away for plane passengers

An entrepreneur is hoping to get people flying again after inventing a device which helps reduce the risk of passengers contracting Covid or any other infections from the person they are sitting next to.

Christopher Michaels is behind ISO-SEAT, a patented and registered medical device which attaches to the side of a plane seat and provides a temporary retractable barrier between passengers.

Michaels, from Stalybridge, initially came up with the idea as a means of easily creating extra privacy in economy class seats.

But with the coronavirus pandemic heightening awareness of the risk of contracting an infection from somebody sitting in close proximity, he has now succeeded in securing official classification for ISO-SEAT as a medical device.

Michaels devised the product – which is made from either 100% recycled paper or plastic – on his dining room table and built the prototype in his workshop, and has tested the product at Tameside College in Manchester, where there is a lifesize replica of an airplane cabin that is usually used to train cabin crew.

He is now marketing the device and has expressions of interest from a number of travel companies, and is also working on a device for the cinema market.

Christopher Michaels

Michaels said: “Our overall aim with ISO-SEAT is to bring some first-class privacy to economy passengers, to help keep them safe from infection, boost customer confidence, and to create a new revenue stream for the airlines.

The product is due to hit the market in July, with a two-pack set to retail at £4.99.

He is also hoping airlines will be attracted by the promise of a new revenue stream at a time when the entire industry has been so badly hit by the pandemic.

“Airlines could be in full control of the design of their device, including its material, size, shape and colour,” Michaels added.

“There’s also a great advertising opportunity, with airlines able to sell advertising space to brands they are associated with.”

Michaels, who along with his Head of Product Development Luke Podmore has spent a year on the device, previously invented the i! Frame – the world’s first Patented Premier League-style goal frame for junior football or the garden – for the McDonald’s UK Grassroots Football Campaign.

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Aeropeople Ltd Announces Partnership with Emirates Airline & Group

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The Stansted-based engineering service division of Aeropeople Ltd, is delighted to announce its new partnership with Emirates Airline & Group, operator of the world’s largest fleet of Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft.

This announcement follows a competitive tender process, driven by Emirates to source a line maintenance services solution for their new daily flights at London Stansted. Aeropeople, has an enviable track record of delivering successful solutions for aircraft maintenance and enabling leading airlines to ensure their aircraft are maintained to the highest standards.

The partnership, commencing in June 2018 between Emirates and Aeropeople, will bring growth opportunities as Aeropeople continues to expand following a successful 2017.

Commenting on the partnership, Kevan Bishop, Managing Director of Aeropeople said ‘I am delighted for our Engineering team who have demonstrated a high level of professionalism for many years, in support of our Customers. We look forward to working with the Emirates team, complementing their operation, and maintaining the high standards and reputation they have established in our industry.’

Colin Ellam, Head of Aircraft Maintenance, who will be managing the partnership added ‘I’m incredibly proud of our Line Maintenance and commercial teams in securing this contract. To add Emirates to our portfolio of ‘blue chip’ operators demonstrates Emirates’ confidence in receiving the high level of service that Aeropeople has an excellent reputation for.’

About Aeropeople:

With 17 years in the business and our heritage firmly embedded in the Aerospace industry, we ensure the highest levels of expertise and commitment to our customers, operating under a true partnering mentality based on transparency, integrity and trust in our chosen market. Together with its proven track record for successful delivery of all engineering service requirements and its close working relationships with the major regulatory authorities and airline customers, Aeropeople is a market leading, dedicated manpower provider. Whether you are a candidate looking for your next challenge, a business in search of your next employee, or a HR department in need of results for employment demands, Aeropeople really does have it covered.

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Our core services are:
• Aviation Line Maintenance (EASA, FAA, Bermudan CAA and Korean MOLIT approved maintenance organisation)
• Full risk share Project / Price work
• Recruitment of Permanent Staff
• Supply of Contract Personnel
• Executive Search and Selection
• Provision of Managed Service

With our head office in Cambridge, UK and support offices nationally and internationally, we maintain a global presence, providing our customers with locally compliant solutions and the confidence of dealing with industry experts throughout.