While Airbus will confirm only that it is “in talks with a couple of potential Middle East customers for an Airbus A380 ‘Flying Palace,’” the interior possibilities are rapidly taking shape at independent completion centers.
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.
Fairs & Exhibitions, which organizes the biennial Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates, will debut a new aircraft interiors show–Aircraft Interiors Middle East–June 16 to 18, 2008, at the Airport Expo Dubai site.
The independent aircraft interior completion manager is based on a dusty little airport on the outskirts of Fort Worth, Texas, and the airplane interior being finished is in a hangar halfway around the world, where a crown prince is awaiting delivery.
Bigger is the latest goal for the interior refurbishment department at Jet Aviation’s West Palm Beach, Fla. facility. The company has announced it received FAA approval for repair-station requirements that will allow for interior refurbishment work on BBJ-size aircraft and larger.
The completion and refurbishment industry continues to grow. That’s the gospel according to Midcoast Aviation, and the Cahokia, Ill.-based aviation services center is practicing what it preaches. It has announced plans to increase its overall workforce by 100 over the next 12 months, and about half of the new-hires will be directly involved in interior completion and refurbishment.
StarPort USA, the Sanford, Fla., FBO launched in 1995, has survived a bankruptcy and a recession, and with an eye on the slowly improving economy has launched a new completion and refurbishment center.
StarPort is owned by the Cambata family of Virginia, which also owns Cambata Aviation International in India, specializing in airline ground handling. StarPort USA president Nelson Cambata flies a Beechjet.
Emteq is a lighting specialist, but don’t call it “Emteq Light.” The New Berlin, Wis.-based systems integrator and FAA certification specialist is becoming a major player. Most recently it reached an agreement for the purchase of airborne lighting systems specialist Flight Components AG of Bachenbulach, Switzerland.
Business aircraft crews and passengers are generally aware of the danger of prolonged exposure to noise in terms of hearing loss. Now there is a growing body of evidence that prolonged exposure to a combination of high-intensity and low-frequency noise may pose far more serious health threats.
Three-month-old interiors, mods and maintenance shop Montreal Jet Center is preparing to accept its first business jet for interior refurbishment and airframe maintenance. Its Trudeau International Airport facility in Quebec is a consortium of aviation companies, including DEM Capital, a specialist in aircraft maintenance and refurbishment, and Elisen Technologies, an aeronautics engineering firm certified as a design approval organization.