Jet Aviation has signed a letter of intent with an unidentified client from the Middle East that will send the first executive Boeing 787 to the company’s Basel, Switzerland center for cabin completion. The airplane, a -9, is to be delivered to the Basel facility in 2011. The expected cycle time is 15 to 18 months.
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.
Dassault Falcon announced last month a multi-year expansion at its Wilmington, Del. facilities that will include use of an existing 22,000-sq-ft hangar for interior completion work. The announcement is particularly timely as this year Dassault expects to deliver 80 business jets; it expects that number to increase to more than 100 next year.
Rockwell Collins’s high-speed, digital backbone cabin management system has been certified for installation in Dassault’s Falcon line and is being offered as standard equipment on the Falcon 2000EX, 2000DX and 2000LX, the Falcon 900EX and 900DX, and the new Falcon 7X…Flight Display Systems of Alpharetta, Ga., has been appointed by Gulfstream Aerospace as a cabin entertainment equipment supplier.…Nordam has delivered to Cessna the first cabinet
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.
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.