“Kindly take a seat” is one of the key messages from cabin interior specialists here at EBACE 2014, but not just any seat will do. VIP aircraft seat manufacturers are displaying the latest in seating technology and comfort here in Geneva.
Iacobucci HF Aerospace (Booth 3623) of Ferentino, Italy is displaying its lineup of 16G-tested and -certified VIP seating products, including two mechanically and three electrically actuated seats for narrow and widebody VIP airliners. All recline into a bed mode and can be outfitted with amenities such as IFE systems with USB port, a 27-inch monitor and a backlit PCU/audio jack, and they feature the latest Italian style and craftsmanship.
UTC Aerospace Systems (Booth 3829) of Charlotte, North Carolina is highlighting its Model 1 VIP seat, introduced at the NBAA Convention last October. The Model 1 includes a patented environmental control system with heating and cooling, and an extensible electronic control system for motorized seat function, including electric recline, leg rest and headrest, lumbar support and swiveling. The wireless system can be controlled with any smart device. “Today’s executive business travelers are on the road and in planes now more than ever,” said Daphne Falletti, president of UTC Aerospace Systems’ interiors business. “Our new Model 1 executive seat combines the best of style and comfort while incorporating wireless technology.”
Switzerland’s Yasava Solutions (Booth 3439), developer of the Astral Design portfolio for interiors of business aircraft, is showcasing its aïana seat here in Geneva along with other smart cabin solutions. Introduced a year ago, the company said that the aïana is the first electric, remote-controlled, full-flat seat for business jets.
Yasava is also introducing its Astral Design Visualization System (ADVS), touted as aviation’s first immersive 3D interactive design tool, which utilizes Oculus Rift technology. Visitors can don the Oculus VR (virtual reality head-mounted viewer) to use the ADSV and experience the interior of a Bombardier Global 6000. The Oculus VR allows customers to simulate walking through Yasava Astral Design solutions such as a dedicated VIP zone with a day lounge that converts into a private bedroom with a full double bed and full-sized shower.
“While the benefits of CAD/CAM and VR have been clear for design, development and manufacturing, immersive interactive 3D is a new and exciting tool that allows us to test and fine-tune the emotional reaction of the user,” said Christopher Mbanefo, CEO of Yasava Solutions. “It ultimately enhances the communication with the client, and the result is a superior design and superior product.”