Aero Toy Store of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is making helicopter cabin finish work a growing part of its completion and refurbishment business. At Heli-Expo 2008 in Houston, the company displayed a new Agusta-Westland AW139 equipped with Aerospace Concepts International’s Cocoon noise-reduction package.
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.
Servizi Elicotteristici Italini (SEI) has been a primary source of helicopter cabin completion and refurbishment for European manufacturer AgustaWestland, so when AgustaWestland decided to expand its helicopter assembly line in Philadelphia, SEI executives decided to move west. SEI of America, as the new company is called, opened a 12,000-sq-ft hangar at Philadelphia Northeast Airport late last year.
Aerolite Max Bucher recently delivered its first Eurocopter EC 135 interior for a corporate customer. The interior features two-tone leather executive sets, customized cabinetry and a separate baggage compartment of complementary design. The modular combination of up to five seats and two cabinets allows a variety of cabin configurations appropriate for working, meetings and passenger comfort.
The Swiss Altenrhein Airport, located about 50 miles east of Zurich, recently said a major business aircraft manufacturer will build a new completion and delivery center with a pilot training facility on airport land.
Rockwell Collins and Connexion by Boeing are teaming to create a broadband satellite data service for business jets that will fly first aboard Bombardier’s Global 5000 and Global Express XRS.
At the recent World Airline Entertainment Association trade show in Seattle, TEAC Aerospace Technologies introduced its new Air Tracks high-resolution in-flight moving-map software to rave reviews. Business aircraft operators got their first look at the map software at the NBAA Convention last month, and by all accounts they were not disappointed.
Deals like this one don’t come along everyday. Satcom maker EMS Technologies announced a large price reduction for its HSD-128 high-speed data satcom terminal at the NBAA show last month, from a suggested retail price of $182,750 to a new list price of $135,000. But buyers had better act soon–the almost $50,000 drop in price is effective only through the end of the year, according to the Ottawa, Ontario company.
Thrane & Thrane last month introduced to the North American market Aero-HSD+, a data satcom system noteworthy for being the first such product the Danish firm will market and sell under its own name after providing core technology for airborne satcom systems to Honeywell, Thales and Universal Avionics.
Servizi Elicotteristici Italiani (SEI), the longtime preferred interiors provider for AgustaWestland helicopters in Italy, has opened its new U.S. facility at Northeast Philadelphia Airport. According to Massimo Isidori, operations at the 12,000-sq-ft hangar are currently focused on helicopter maintenance but interior completions on executive, EMS and law enforcement helicopters are expected to begin “full force” this summer.
Following the introduction of its “CRJ ExecLiner” program converting CRJ200 airliners to executive configuration, and selection as the primary completion facility for the Aerospace Concepts “Project Phoenix,” Canadian completion and refurbishment center Flying Colours has set its sights on becoming “the number-one choice in the CRJ conversion market.” The Peterborough, Ontario company claims firm orders for 12 ExecLiners, expects to deliver th