Inmarsat announced that its long-awaited high-speed airborne data services will be available by the end of the year. The service, called Swift64, will allow passengers flying aboard satcom-equipped corporate aircraft to access the Internet and e-mail at 64 kbps, faster than most computer telephone modem connections. Swift64 is based on Inmarsat’s global-area network platform, said a spokesman.
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.
Rosen Products of Eugene, Ore., is making a splash in the new product pool with the announcement of the integration of Honeywell’s OneView satellite-direct television into its cabin-entertainment system and introduction of a new wide-aspect-ratio flat-panel cabin monitor.
When DeCrane Aviation formally introduced its new e-Cabin.Connect program to develop true in-flight high-speed Internet access, it was met with cheers by many bizav operators, and shaking of heads by some skeptics. Now, according to DeCrane, the company will begin the final in-flight test phase of e-Cabin before the end of the year.
The new TopFlight satellite data unit (SDU) from Thales is small, light and affordable enough to bring satellite communications to single-aisle and regional airliners.
Thales Aerospace hopes a proactive approach to customer services will help it both win repeat business for its avionics and in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems and sustain the investment needed to develop new products.
The variety of types and average size of business and private aircraft is changing here in the Middle East, with new customers increasingly willing to fly in medium-sized jets that would have seemed out of the question in this market a few years ago.
Eurocopter and Hermès, two companies with distinctly different disciplines, have launched an effort that will blend their respective skills and creative genius in l’Hélicoptère par Hermès. It is, according to Eurocopter, “a reappraisal of the helicopter’s potential as a form of personal transportation.” The EC 135, a light, multi-mission, twin-engine Eurocopter, was selected for the maiden effort.
Zenda Leather, well known among automobile and furniture manufacturers for more than 100 years, is growing wings. The Montevideo, Uruguay company–the largest supplier of leather to Audi and second largest to BMW–made a surprise U.S. appearance in September at the NBAA Convention in Atlanta.
Jormac Aerospace, a Yankee Pacific division, has developed an overhead bin/cabin liner for Boeing 727, 737 and 757 single-aisle aircraft as a solution to storage in the staff seating areas of executive versions of these aircraft. The bins are 28 percent larger than standard airliner bins and can accommodate wheel-first stowage of most carry-on bags.
Yingling Aviation, which has found a ready market among Cessna Caravan owners for its Oasis interior, has unveiled a restyled Oasis, “with no increase in price.” Included in the new interior are standard features such as two-tone executive seats with perforated leather insets and more lumbar support, leather-upholstered crew seats, a dual-position divan certified for occupancy during takeoff and landing, forward and aft divan curtains, new sid