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.

May 5, 2008 - 6:14am

The change in ownership of the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo barely rated a blink as the 2008 event went off seamlessly from March 31 through April 2 in Hamburg, Germany.

Ownership of the show changed last year when long-time owner/organizer UKIP Media & Events sold the expo to Reed Exhibitions.

May 2, 2008 - 5:48am

AgustaWestland has delivered the first two of its helicopters fitted with interiors styled by Italian fashion design house Versace. One aircraft, ordered by Romania-based loan company Tiriac Air, is a Grand light twin featuring a black-and-white interior and paint scheme. The second one, an AW109 Power, has a gray interior and was ordered by Italy’s Elimarca. AgustaWestland and Versace are working on an interior for the AW139.

April 16, 2008 - 9:27am

For aviators and their passengers, oxygen means life at the high altitudes traversed by modern aircraft. True high-altitude passenger flight wasn’t really practicable until large-cabin pressurization was introduced during the halcyon days of aeronautical development surrounding World War II, most notably aboard the Boeing 307 Stratoliner and Lockheed Constellation transports and Boeing B-29 bomber.

April 16, 2008 - 6:59am

What a difference a year makes.

April 14, 2008 - 11:59am

As business on a global scale reaches unprecedented levels, more business aircraft customers are demanding that their office in the sky offer the same capability as their office on the ground.

April 14, 2008 - 10:10am

Claiming “there is no merit to the lawsuit or to the allegations in it,” Savannah Air Center said it will defend itself against a $3.7 million claim brought in U.S. District Court by USA Interactive. In the suit, filed in May in U.S.

April 14, 2008 - 10:06am

Wellington, Fla.-based B/E Aerospace revealed last month that it acquired Tucson, Ariz. business aircraft cabinetry specialist Bomhoff in a cash acquisition. B/E Aerospace will add the Bomhoff assets to its already considerable business aircraft interior lighting and seating capabilities. The deal follows an aborted effort last year by The Nordam Group to reach an agreement with Bomhoff to form a new entity.

April 2, 2008 - 9:55am

German completion and refurbishment giant Lufthansa Technik is building a research and development center for its cabin innovation business division in Hamburg. The company estimates the investment at about $15.4 million. In addition to offices, the center will contain testing laboratories and display areas for new products under development.

April 2, 2008 - 9:52am

With an established reputation in the field of on-board water treatment for aircraft, International Water-Guard of Burnaby, British Columbia, has launched a program to develop a components line that includes the “pumps, valves and heaters that make up a complete water system.” According to IWG president and CEO David Fox, “Distributed device control is the way of the future, [and] IWG will be able to provide both system components and controll

April 2, 2008 - 9:51am

Air Concepts International of Teterboro, N.J., had two examples of its Cocoon wall panel noise-reduction system on display in two AgustaWestland AW139s at Heli-Expo 2008 in Houston. According to company president Pat Cesaro, the package reduces cabin noise to 69 dB. It has been certified for installation in the AW139 in either the one- or two-door sliding door configuration.

 
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