2012 Cabin Electronics Report

Aviation International News » August 2012
The entire Nice HD cabin from Lufthansa Technik can be controlled wirelessly through a personal iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
August 1, 2012, 7:00 AM

It’s the cabin that counts, and what counts in the cabin is the electronics.

There was a time in the completion and refurbishment industry when customer demand drove technology. Now, says Hawker Beechcraft v-p Brian Howell, it’s the near light-speed progress of technology that’s driving customer demand for cabin equipage.

Completion and refurbishment centers today are faced with customers who are more tech-savvy and more demanding than they ever used to be. They keep up with the latest software and equipment in the commercial world, and when they’re handing over anywhere from $12 million to $200 million for an airplane, they are reluctant to accept “no” for an answer.

The race to provide true in-flight high-speed Internet connectivity is an example. More and more customers are demanding the same speed they have in the home or office. But it isn’t there yet for bizjet cabins.

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