It’s one of those problems the industry likes to see–more demand than capacity. The completion and refurbishment industry in the U.S. is struggling to keep up with the demand as sales of new and used business aircraft continue to grow, and now Canadian shops are facing the same challenge.
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.
For years, AccuFleet has been known for its flammability testing and certification of interior cabin components and cargo compartment materials, a “hot button” for the FAA. Now the Houston-based company has added thermal acoustic materials testing to its capabilities.
Carl F. Booth & Co had one of the most eye-catching displays at the DeCrane booth at this year’s NBAA Convention. The Wichita-based maker of wood veneers brought to the convention a six-foot-wide 3-D, wood-inlay mosaic of a business jet interior made of some two dozen exotic woods from all over the world.
At the NBAA Convention in October, international design giant Gianni Versace of Milan previewed a number of exclusive Versace Design signature pieces for business jet cabin interiors. Earlier this year, Versace announced a partnership with TAG Group, parent company of TAG Aviation, to create an exclusive interior design service for owners of private jets.
The Crypton process began in West Bloomfield, Mich., at Hi Tex some 17 years ago as a way to make textiles more resistant to spills and stains. Now it will increase the durability of the leather in your business jet. Three years ago, Edelman Leather and Hi Tex began developing a Crypton formula for leather topcoat, and the New Milford, Conn. company introduced it at the NBAA Convention in October as an exclusive product.
BAE Systems is making another push to promote executive and corporate shuttle applications for its out-of-production 146/Avro RJ series of regional airliners.
German marketing specialist Inviseo has launched a new plan to raise cash for airlines. The idea involves using the bottom of the backrest tables in commercial airplanes for advertising. When in the upright position, the seatback displays guarantee intensive exposure to consumers throughout a flight. The firm has developed a table that can display printed media and meets all safety standards.
EADS Sogerma Services has come to the Dubai airshow (Stand No. C206) with a new strategy that it hopes will balance its books after a period of losses. According to Bernard Pommier, vice president of corporate communications, the key to the future of the wholly owned EADS subsidiary lies with its decision to reposition from its traditional aircraft maintenance business.
Middle East air passengers can soon look forward to using their personal cell phones in flight. Mobile phone technology specialist OnAir of Geneva, Switzerland, will begin tests on the commercial use of mobile phones aboard TAP Portugal Airbus A321s later this year. According to OnAir CEO George Cooper, Gulf state airlines will likely be among the first to offer the service.
Widespread testing has proven that new technology allows for in-flight use of cell phones without disrupting terrestrial networks. Now developers face the challenge of winning airworthiness approval for the systems and the licenses to use the relevant frequencies.