A brolly fit for Boeing

 - November 26, 2007, 8:06 AM

When Peter Campbell was managing the interior completion of a BBJ2 for a client, he became concerned about the expensive blended wood flooring and leather paneling inside the main cabin door. So he made a sketch of an awning attached to the top of the BBJ’s door and presented it to Lufthansa Technik Completion Center designers in Hamburg, Germany. The result is an awning that he has named the “Cambrella,” also known as a “Boeing brolly” (English slang for an umbrella). The collapsible Cambrella is now being produced in cooperation with Lufthansa Technik and is available for $9,000 from Campbell’s company, PC Aviation, in the village of Alresford in Hampshire, UK. The initial design fits the BBJ and BBJ2, as well as all 737s, and similar designs are being planned for other aircraft.

The Cambrella can be attached below the drain strip by one person in about 30 seconds. It is available in any color and a company logo can also be added. A soft rubber seal protects the aircraft skin and paint. At about 22 pounds, it is easily portable and the fabric cover can be unzipped from the frame for cleaning. Campbell said the first Cambrella is now in service with the UK operator of the BBJ2 for which it was designed, and he has already received inquiries from two more BBJ owners.