Bombardier chose Goodrich Hella Aerospace Lighting Systems to provide LED technology for internal and external lighting on the new Global 5000. A Goodrich Hella spokesman said the LED-based systems are expected to lower maintenance costs and reduce the need for unscheduled repairs. Deliveries of the lighting systems are expected to begin early next year. The Global 5000 is expected to enter service by the end of 2004.
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.
Associated Air Center has ordered a CTT Systems Zonal Comfort System for a Boeing 767, for which the Dallas-based facility is installing a VIP interior. Associated is the first U.S. completion center to install the system. According to CTT, a Swedish manufacturer based in Nykoping, the system addresses problems associated with dry air by raising humidity levels in the cabin to 25 percent.
Gulfstream and Arinc late last month were preparing for initial flight trials in a GIV of the dish antenna and other hardware components to power a new airborne broadband datalink service called SkyLink.
For years one of the most difficult aspects of creating a business aircraft interior has been providing a realistic representation of the finished product to the client. This is the first stage of the completion process, and it is critical to the on-time delivery of the finished airplane, within budget and meeting or exceeding the client’s expectations.
There have been a lot of winners in the historic cycle of mergers and acquisitions in the aviation industry. Unfortunately, customers haven’t always been among them.
Marshall Aerospace, now finishing its sixth Global Express completion for Bombardier,
is having to find alternative work for its Cambridge, UK facility as sales slow for the ultra-long-range business jet. The company is contracted to complete six more green Globals, but it is now unclear when it will get this work.
Broomfield, Colo.-based AirCell has introduced two new airborne telecommunications products based on Iridium satcom technology. The first, the AST 3500, combines an air-to-ground cellphone with an Iridium satellite receiver and antenna, while the second, the ST 3100, relies exclusively on the Iridium link. Deliveries of the new products, said AirCell, are scheduled to begin next month.
French avionics maker Thales last month signed a memorandum of understanding with Little Rock, Ark.-based Audio International in a deal that will see the companies develop a complete cabin-management system for business aviation, including in-flight entertainment, cabin communications and environmental controls.
At last month’s NBAA Convention Honeywell unveiled a new service called ePaxx, which it said has been developed to provide business jet passengers with quick access to e-mail, news, stock quotes and moving maps, even in aircraft that do not have high-speed data connections to the Internet. The new service, said the company, is available for any aircraft that has an airborne telephone and 115-volt, 60-Hz power.
Bombardier and Rockwell Collins are developing a new integrated cabin for the Canadian manufacturer’s Global 5000. Leveraging technology acquired by Collins when it bought cabin product specialist Airshow over the summer, the new Airshow 21 cabin, said spokespeople for both companies, will include an Ethernet-based local area network (LAN), providing users with Internet connections and access to printers, fax and a file server.