Aircraft window shade company Vision Systems North America opened its new facility in Melbourne, Fla., last week and is ramping up production there for its launch customer, Honda Aircraft. Vision Systems will produce Nuance electronically dimmable windows for the HA-420 HondaJet. With the push of a button, Nuance dims instantly from clear to dark, reducing light, glare and heat entering the aircraft. In the near future, the company’s Melbourne facility will also manufacture motorized shades for other business jets, Vision Systems said.
Cabin Interior and Electronics
News and developments about everything that goes into the cabin of an aircraft, from floor coverings to headliners, with a special emphasis on in-flight entertainment, communications and other electronics for passengers. If it is in the cabin of an aircraft, it’s covered here.
Zodiac Aerospace finalized the acquisition of Denton, Texas-based BBJ completions center and bizliner cabin interior component manufacturer Greenpoint Technologies. Greenpoint employs 450 people and has annual revenues of approximately $150 million. Zodiac said the acquisition will further enhance its competencies in completing cabin interiors for large private jets, and that it “will support Greenpoint’s development and bring its skills in cabin certification and its know-how in the design and manufacturing of interiors components.”
Cabin interior component and aircraft fastener manufacturer B/E Aerospace signed a definitive agreement to purchase Emteq and F+E Fischer + Entwicklungen for a combined $470 million. Berlin, Wis.-based Emteq makes aircraft interior and exterior lighting systems, as well as aircraft cabin management and power systems. Fischer manufactures seating products for civil helicopters. The Emteq transaction is expected to close this month, while the Fischer deal will be finalized in the third quarter.
Ruag Aviation and Lausanne-based design house Yasava Solutions have joined forces to deliver an innovative design concept known as Astral. Intended for large-cabin business aircraft such as the Dassault Falcon 7X, Bombardier Globals and Embraer Lineage, Astral is currently being applied to a Global 6000. The cabin design, with an accent on 21st century luxury, is being showcased at EBACE at the Yasava exhibit (Booth 3439).
VIP completion specialist Aeria Luxury Interiors (Booth 3539) of San Antonio, Texas is displaying conceptual renderings prepared by its interior design team for Boeing narrow- and wide-body aircraft. Aeria, the completions division of ST Aerospace, is now preparing for its first BBJ green cabin completion, said Ron Soret, vice president and general manager of completions.
Vision Systems Aeronautics (Booth 2809) of Lyon, France is unveiling here at EBACE 2014 two new products: Energia, a self-powered dimmable window; and VisiStream, a solution for Wi-Fi inflight entertainment (IFE) and connectivity.
VIP catering management technology specialist Private Flight Global (Booth 3218) is adding a new tool to its web-based ordering system–customer feedback reporting. “Regrettable issues with pricing, selection, food quality, timeliness, presentation or any other situation,” the company noted, can be reported with accompanying photographs. The Flight Feedback Reporting feature also can be used to relay positive feedback.
Seeking to expand beyond its VIP airliner market, Custom Control Concepts (CCC, Booth 818) of Kent, Washington is showcasing at EBACE 2014 its newly introduced SkyOne inflight entertainment and cabin management system (IFE/CMS) solution and Sky-Fi wireless Internet connection sharing (ICS) system for business jets and helicopters.
Canada-based Flying Colours, a specialist in the completion and refurbishment of Bombardier aircraft, is highlighting the company’s ability to service clients in Europe, underscored by recent facility expansion at home and successes in Asia. “We’re getting more inquiries from Europe for heavy refurbishment and maintenance,” said Eric Gillespie, executive v-p of sales and marketing.