NBAA Convention News

DeCrane launches cabin interiors group

 - June 30, 2008, 9:29 AM

DeCrane Aircraft has announced the formation of a new subsidiary called DeCrane Cabin Interiors to specialize in business jet interior refurbishment, including specialized cabinetry. The new company, which will be run by Trey Bryson as v-p and general manager, is based at Tucson, Ariz., and has other facilities at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Montreal.

Mike Slattery, a seasoned completions professional with a background at Bombardier’s Tucson facility and KC Aviation in Dallas, has been made v-p of interior refurbishment sales in DeCrane’s cabin management group. Most recently he has been director of manufacturing and engineering for DeCrane’s furniture division, The Infinity Partners.

Here at the NBAA show DeCrane Aircraft’s Audio International subsidiary is showcasing its new dual DVD player (Booth No. 1133), which it claims is the most compact and lightest in the marketplace. The 3.3-lb unit is 9.91-in.-long, 7.18-in.-wide and 3.32-in.-high and can fit into the space taken by existing DVD 201 players. The base price is under $10,000.

The unit actually contains two DVD players in the space normally occupied by one. It is remote controlled and features multi-region playback.

The North Little Rock, Ark.-based company has just appointed Hank Matthew v-p of sales and marketing. He has been with the company for nine months, having previously managed its Tucson, Ariz. facility. Audio International has also appointed Steve Rogers as v-p of business development for its new fully digital cabin control and entertainment system.

An even more eye-catching item can be found at the DeCrane booth in the shape of some Ovation guitars made from fine veneer wood. The instruments are intended to highlight the veneer expertise of the group’s Carl F. Booth subsidiary. Founder Carl Booth is now offering “Veneer 101” classes to help customers understand how the material will look in their aircraft.  Many people have a hard time visualizing from small samples how different veneers can look on a large scale in a cabin.