NBAA Convention News

B/E Aerospace offers new GV exec seating

 - June 30, 2008, 9:02 AM

B/E Aerospace is showcasing its latest innovations at NBAA (Booth No. 3737, Static Display No. 17), in particular its first fully electric seat for the Gulfstream V. The new LED reading light for the same aircraft has just received a parts manufacturer approval (PMA).

The new GV executive seat features electric headrests, leg rests, track and swivel, lumbar support and recline mechanisms. The seat also highlights upholstery capabilities using a design in partnership with Robinson Design.

Also being shown is the company’s latest-generation seats for the Gulfstream 200. Using a “finite element analysis” process, these are substantially lighter than current seat designs.

B/E will also have on display its “one-of-a-kind” comfort seating system. The movement of the seat simulates “a subtle walking-like motion” designed to reduce restlessness, fatigue, discomfort and lower-back pain and stiffness.

The Miami-based company has a growing family of LED (light-emitted diode) lighting products, the latest of which is the model 5500 reading light. It is now approved for installation in the Challenger 600 and 601 models, and is approved to replace existing reading lights on Learjet models 31, 35, 36 and 60, Raytheon’s Beech 1900 series, King Air models 100, 200 and 300 series, and Beechjet 400 and 400A.

B/E claims the LED light offers considerable savings, using 50 percent less power and lasting 10 to 12 times longer than existing incandescent and halogen bulbs. LED lighting also features lower maintenance cost and no electromagnetic interference with other cabin systems.

The company will also be displaying its new 28-volt DC lighting power supply, designed to comply with new requirements for harmonics, electrical wiring, electromagnetic interference and radiated-field interference issued by Boeing and TRCA DO-160D. A spokesman said the new power supply provides additional benefits beyond those mandated, including the ability to convert from 115-volt AC to 28-volt DC, and sufficient power for three of B/E’s 5700 LED flexible-arm reading lights.

B/E will also be displaying a prototype personal variable temperature, climate-control system seat. The system uses a thermoelectric device to produce heating or cooling, based on electrical charges, for the individual passenger. Heated or cooled air is distributed to the passenger via ducts and pads in the seat. The passenger can adjust the temperature through a personal keypad