True North Avionics will this afternoon unveil its new Optelity family of inflight connectivity products here at the NBAA show (Booth 2881). The new wireless connectivity platform is being marketed with fixed pricing that covers all costs associated with updating software and hardware for future needs. The Canadian company says this approach is modeled on the power-by-the-hour concepts successfully applied for supporting aircraft engines.
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.
Lufthansa Technik is offering a new “Executive Shuttle” VIP interior concept for Airbus and Boeing narrowbodies. The concept, which offers configurations varying from 20 to 52 passengers for the A320 family and 20 to 56 passengers for Boeing’s 737, offers a variety of cabin designs within a “manageable budget.”
The German company’s creative design department has developed 20 different cabin layouts for both aircraft families, from “an all-business/first-class configuration to more sophisticated versions with sleeping options, meeting and dining areas or private rooms.”
Less than a week after the surprise launch of Gulfstream’s new G600 and G500 large-cabin jets, the company is showing off a full-size cabin and cockpit mockup of the G600 at the NBAA static display at Orlando Executive Airport. The G600 and the slightly smaller G500 were announced October 14 following a highly secretive five-year development program. A G500 already is assembled, taxiing and preparing for its first flight early next year.
Airbus unveiled here at NBAA 2014 a new VIP widebody cabin concept, Summit, for the A330-200, featuring a floor plan with an executive configuration in the front of the cabin and airline style seating in the rear. The Summit is intended to appeal to customers, such as governments, that need to transport both a few passengers in VIP accommodations along with a larger group, such as a trade delegation and journalists. However, Airbus (Booth 5099, static display) believes Summit may also be popular with private buyers in the Middle East who often travel in a similar manner.
BendixKing is showcasing its AeroVue integrated flight deck retrofit for King Air turboprops and its AeroWave satcom system for piston aircraft, turboprops and light jets, here at NBAA 2014.
AeroVue, a lower-cost derivative of parent company Honeywell’s Primus Apex system, is a complete glass-panel retrofit built around three 12-inch LCD screens. It includes a flight management system, autopilot, synthetic vision and Honeywell’s INAV functionality with electronic chart displays, as well as Internet connectivity via AeroWave 100.
In December the Comlux group is set to begin the expansion of the completions hangar at the Indianapolis, Ind. headquarters of its Comlux America division. The investment, announced at last year’s NBAA show, represents a leap of faith on the part of a company that believes rising demand for VIP completions of larger Airbus and Boeing aircraft will offset the relatively sluggish narrowbody sector.
Dassault, in May, opened a new showroom at Le Bourget airport, where the customer is now offered 5,400 sq ft not only to see Falcon cabin interior amenities in virtual reality but also to touch and feel veneer, carpets, tableware, seats, displays, sound systems and so forth. The company sees it as a major complement to the Falcon 5X cabin mockup and the three demonstration aircraft–one Falcon 7X, one Falcon 900LX and one Falcon 2000S–housed in a neighboring hangar.
For aircraft owners and operators looking to save money on airborne telecom costs, BizjetMobile offers a way to text and email over the Iridium and Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satcom networks for at little as $899 a month. The key to BizjetMobile’s pecuniary pricing plan is its portable devices, which require no supplemental type certificate for installation (although some require installation of an external antenna). The email feature–called GetMail–is a new development, and BizjetMobile is demonstrating this and all of its products at its NBAA exhibit (Booth 1462).
Cindy Halsey is joining Gulfstream Aerospace as vice president of completion, planning and design. Before coming to Gulfstream, she was senior vice president of interior design engineering for Textron Aviation, where she led interior design, industrial design and interior engineering. Halsey’s responsibility at Gulfstream will include “ensuring a world-class completion experience for customers purchasing Gulfstream aircraft.” She will take a “leading role” in the definition of Gulfstream’s completion and outfitting strategies for both current and future aircraft.
Rosen Sunvisor Systems is showcasing its next-generation, five-axis Arc sunvisor system this week at NBAA 2014. The newly designed Arc sunvisor provides stable glare reduction in multiple directions and features flexible mounting configurations suitable on both airplanes and helicopters. The Arc can be placed to cover the side, front and overhead windows using monorail and static mounts, according to Rosen. It also features secure stowage and increased comfort during flight operations.