NBAA Convention News

Gulfstream GIII gets ‘flying theater’

 - October 13, 2010, 11:42 AM

Flight Display Systems has gone Hollywood, in a manner of speaking. To be more specific, the Alpharetta, Ga.-based cabin entertainment specialist provided a  42-inch, high-definition, LCD widescreen monitor for the recently completed Gulfstream III cabin of a Hollywood producer.

According to Flight Display, the unidentified producer is using the sidewall, credenza-mounted monitor and multiple Blu-ray video players “to screen films and review his ­various productions.”

The “Flying Theater,” as well as Flight Display’s new Select cabin management system, was installed by independent completion and refurbishment spe­cialist International Jet Interiors of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., as part of a major cabin upgrade.
Other features in the GIII are three separate cabin zones, each with independently controlled cabin lighting, attendant call functions and electronic window shades. In addition to the 42-inch widescreen, International Jet also installed 20-inch and 10.2-inch monitors, as well as iPod docking stations and auxiliary input ports for computer video.

At its exhibit here (Booth No. 1335), Flight Display is unveiling its new Apple iPad mount, an idea that director of international sales Nick Gray said came from an equipment dealer in the United Kingdom.

“With so many millions of iPhones, iPads and iPods sold, it should come as no surprise that more and more passengers are carrying their preferred media into the cabin,” said Gray.

Flight Display currently offers an iPod/iPhone/iPad adapter cable that will charge the iPad and allow the user to share music and video throughout the cabin. The $875 FDMEDPLR-3 adapter is more than just an iPad cable, however. It includes a small box that is permanently installed in the aircraft, with a connector that attaches to the iPad or iPhone.