Lufthansa Technik’s NICE (Network Integrated Cabin Equipment) system became standard equipment on Bombardier Challenger 300s delivered from the Montreal manufacturing plant starting last month, and eight have been delivered with the equipment installed.
The NICE system, which is built at Lufthansa Technik’s facility in Hamburg, Germany, uses its Ethernet network cabin functions to control and coordinate audio/video and to process digital data. Passengers or crew can regulate cabin temperature, ventilation, lighting and all on-board entertainment and communications systems via remote-control units within the seat or on a wireless touch screen.
Other features include a galley control panel with video preview function, a digital passenger control unit and a variety of LCD displays. The iPod is integrated into the aircraft via a docking station that employs the NICE system’s Ethernet network and allows the audio signal to be heard at individual seats or via cabin-lining flat-panel speakers.
Other improvements involve the AirTrack moving-map system and mobile access router (MAR). The map system can now be used throughout North American airspace and features high-resolution charts and maps and additional viewing modes. The MAR, which features a new user interface, allows passengers to make calls, send faxes, hold video conferences and connect to the Internet. A new maintenance tool makes servicing of the MAR easier.
Lufthansa Technik is exhibiting at NBAA at Booth No. 1327.