Mecaer Aviation Group is known industry wide for supplying landing gear and flight control systems to several different OEMs, but here at Heli-Expo ’13 the company has put its interior design and cabin comfort division on display. Front and center in the booth (No. N2107) is an elegant mockup of a corporate-outfitted AW169 passenger cabin, showcasing both the all-leather seating, LED lighting, wood veneers and a state-of-the-art communications and entertainment system.
But what you don’t see is what is truly impressive, if you ask Armando Sassoli, general manager of business development for Mecaer. “If you were flying now on an AW139 we would be able to talk just as we are doing now, because of our proprietary noise-reduction system, which brings the decibel level down to 68. That is with a helicopter that weighs less than the typical AW139,” he told AIN during an interview in the mockup.
Mecaer’s interiors are installed either onsite at a Mecaer shop co-located with the helicopter manufacturer (as with AgustaWestland products) or located on or across the airport from the manufacturer (Philadelphia). Customers interface with a Mecaer design professional early enough in the helicopter’s construction so that the interior outfitting does not slow down the production. In the past year Mecaer has opened the Mecaer Aviation Group design studio in Rome to augment its VIP, HEMS and convertible interior design options.