Are leather seats heavier than cloth/vinyl?

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  1. Morgan3820

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    I asked Airtex but I did not get much of an answer. I like leather seats but not at the expense of useful load.
     
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    Hard to say... Are you using the same foam cores? If so it shouldn't add much.
     
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    Leather is actually sold by "ounces per square foot". A heavy gauge is about 9 ounces. I don't know what cloth weights, but I can't imagine that even wrapping your cloth seats with leather would add a whole lot of weight to the plane.
     
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    If your useful load is noticeably impacted by leather seats you need more airplane.
     
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    Not nearly as heavy as carrying the embarsement of having to tell people you have....cloth

    BTW, I'd go to a hot rod shop and maybe even order your own hydes waaaay before ordering airtex, one of the few times you'll end up with more quality for less money.

    Read this
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    Yes, but, you're better off going on a diet and losing the pound or two you'd save.
     
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    Lots of folks think "ultra Swede" is leather, it looks like leather, acts like leather, but it is a man made fabric.
     
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    Ultraswede is frequently mistaken for Norsemen. I think you mean Ultrasuede, which is an approximation of suede. I have ultraleather in my plane, which is a polyurethane approximation of smooth leather. Has better abrasion and fuel resistance than real leather. Looks close and had fewer defects.
     
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    How about an ultra Swede in leather?

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    you'd wear that flying? o_O
     
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    That's what the autopilot is for.
     
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    Maybe wear it out after flying.
     
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    Hey, that really yeah you're right ☹️
     
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    ya but....would you have money left over for gas....after that? :confused:
     
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    So taking her flying would increase my useful load?
     
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    You do have a point there.
     
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    Looks like a useful load to me.
     
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    Pretty sure she isn't interested in your load.
     
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