Townsend Leather of Johnstown, N.Y., and Scotchgard Protector from 3M have reached an exclusive agreement that will add “high-performance protective treatments” to Townsend leathers. The Scotchgard Protector treatment is being incorporated into the manufacturing process for much of Townsend’s aniline leather product line and is available for other leathers on request.
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.
European authorities apparently do not share the qualms the Federal Communications Commission and FAA have about the in-flight use of personal cellphones. At the Paris Air Show in June, mobile telephony service provider OnAir announced that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the airborne GSM equipment that supports OnAir Services for use on the Airbus A318.
In growing numbers, interiors specialists are taking cues from the automotive industry. The latest is German light-jet developer Grob Aerospace, which unveiled the new executive cabin mockup for its Grob SPn utility jet last month at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. The interior was designed by Porsche Design Studio of Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany, with the U.S. market in mind.
Duncan Aviation recently installed in a Challenger a 32-inch LCD monitor, the largest screen the independent completion and refurbishment center has put into a business jet, at its Battle Creek, Mich. facility. According to avionics sales representative Dennis DeCook, it was part of a minor cabin upgrade and the near-flush mount was installed in the aft bulkhead “with a few inches to spare on each side.”
Interiors specialist Fokker Services has selected AlsterAero of Hamburg, Germany, to provide an A319 (ACJ) entertainment and passenger communication system it describes as one of “the most sophisticated and flexible seen” on an executive jet to date. The core of the system is a wireless local area network, on-demand audio/video server, communication server connected to the satcom system and Ethernet switching network.
As of July 1, the state of Indiana can no longer impose a use tax on the value of aircraft temporarily located in the state for refurbishment, maintenance and overhauls.
Midcoast Aviation last month announced its intention to move into the “narrow-body” cabin completion business, marked by groundbreaking on a new 146,000-sq-ft hangar at its St. Louis Downtown Airport facility near St. Louis.
The FAA unveiled a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking last month that addresses airworthiness standards related to cabin interiors for transport-category airplanes in private-use passenger operations. Type certification requirements have historically been separate from and independent of operational standards.
Savannah Air Center has received the first FAA certification of dual crew-rest areas on Bombardier’s Global Express XRS. The approval was granted as part of an overall completion of a green aircraft and allows operators to fly Part 135 nonstop legs of more than 12 hours. The designated crew-rest areas are located in the cabin compartment aft of the cabin door and the aft compartment immediately forward of the lavatory.
Business aircraft continue to assume roles in the airline industry. EADS Sogerma Services of Toulouse, France, has begun converting the first of two Airbus A319s for new careers as “premium class” aircraft operated by Saudi Arabia’s National Air Services on scheduled and charter flights. The conversion includes heavy maintenance, a reconfiguration and refurbishment of the cabins and new exterior paint.