Raytheon Aircraft broke ground on October 3 to expand its aircraft completions facilities in Little Rock, Ark., with a $16.3 million facility.
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.
Canadian independent completion center Flying Colours, which traditionally finds about 70 percent of its business south of the border, is seeing more Canadian customers this year. According to director of sales and marketing Sean Gillespie, the Peterborough, Ontario, center recently delivered two complete Challenger refurbishments for two Canadian customers.
Servizi Elicotteristici Italiani (SEI), the exclusive interiors shop for AgustaWestland’s civil helicopters, is planning a move to the U.S. to accommodate a decision by AgustaWestland to build an assembly plant in Philadelphia that will open later this year.
“Let there be light,” said designers at DeCrane Aircraft’s Audio International, and to make it even better, they added full-spectrum color. The Little Rock, Ark.-based company’s Spectra 35 full-color, fully programmable LCD touch control switch is the first in the Spectra 20 Series, named in recognition of the company’s 20th anniversary in business.
AirCell displayed the newly certified wireless function of its Axxess flagship satcom system at last month’s NBAA Convention. Axxess was certified in April and hardware already exists in systems currently in service to allow a field software upgrade that will activate the wireless function mode.
To reach out and touch the future is the dream, said Bombardier president and COO Pierre Beaudoin. At Bombardier’s static display on Monday, the dream was presented as a reality with the unveiling of full-scale, functional interior mockups of its new Learjet 60XR and its midsize Challenger 300.
Stevens Aviation has been selected by Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp. as its North American authorized interior completion facility for the SJ30-2. Stevens’ Greenville, S.C. plant did the completion work on the SJ30-2 on static display here in Orlando. “When we stepped off the airplane in Greenville, I could immediately tell our jet was in good hands,” said Bob Kromer, Sino Swearingen vice president of marketing and sales.
Embraer has tapped DeCrane Aircraft to complete the interiors of its new Lineage 1000 large executive jet. The two companies announced the deal here yesterday. Under the agreement, key interior components such as seating, furniture and entertainment systems will also be supplied by DeCrane. Embraer announced the $40.95 million aircraft, based on its EMB 190 large regional jetliner, in May.
Staying connected is getting easier, as Arinc Direct announced that its SkyLink broadband Internet service for business jets is now available above more than 20 European countries. According to the company, SkyLink is the only commercially available ultra-high-speed Ku-band Internet satellite service for business aircraft. Additional coverage is under development to connect SkyLink’s North American coverage with Europe.
Dassault and satcom hardware manufacturer Thrane & Thrane (Booth No. 1858) this week are celebrating a milestone on the path to SwiftBroadband availability with the October 11 first successful proof-of-concept demonstration of airborne connectivity near Paris aboard a Dassault Falcon 900.