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.

August 6, 2013 - 2:50am

L-3 Platform Integration has earned a four-year extension of its FAA organization designation authorization (ODA) and passed a biennial audit of its ODA-related process. It has also won FAA approval for modification of the composite-fuselage Boeing 787.

The FAA-granted ODA allows a center to issue certificates of airworthiness and supplemental type certificates as designees on behalf of the agency.

August 6, 2013 - 2:30am

Arizona Aircraft Interior Designs, a small refurbishment center owned and operated by the Wayne Bryant family for 38 years, is emerging from the recession and looking at “a good year in 2013.”

The Mesa, Ariz.-based center at Falcon Field recently delivered two Cessna Citation Xs, one with minor and another with major interior refurbishment. “In 2011 and 2012, growth was steady if slow, but in this year’s second quarter it began to snowball,” said Christa Pensworth, head of sales and interior design.

August 6, 2013 - 1:55am

Airbus Corporate Jet Centre has strengthened its Asian market position with the signing of a contract to design and outfit an executive Airbus ACJ319.

With a luxurious interior described by the Toulouse, France-based center as a subtle combination of Asian culture, innovative technology and modern design, the creation by ACJC Design Studio head Sylvain Mariat will give the customer “a very special home and office in the sky,” said ACJC CEO Benoit Defforge.

August 6, 2013 - 1:30am

The first Airbus ACJ321 interior is being completed at Comlux America in Indianapolis, with delivery to sister company and charter operator Fly Comlux in Zurich expected next year.

The airplane is the newest private jet from the Airbus ACJ series, and when Fly Comlux takes delivery, its fleet will include at least one each of the entire ACJ single-aisle bizliners: the ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320 and ACJ321. The ACJ321 will be the largest of that ACJ series in the Fly Comlux fleet.

August 6, 2013 - 1:10am

Netherlands-based Aviation Glass & Technology has reached an agreement with Airbus Corporate Jet Centre to supply a range of glass and mirrored glass products.

According to Aviation Glass CEO Frans van Hapert, “The crystal-clear UV-resistant glass is 20- to 25-percent lighter than its polycarbonate alternative [and] the superior damage- and scratch-resistance of the glass in all aircraft applications meets growing industry demands to reduce life-cycle costs.”

August 6, 2013 - 12:55am
The rendering of a bizliner galley is one example of Yankee Pacific’s design department creativity.

Business jet interior components supplier Yankee Pacific Aerospace is doing “really well this year,” according to managing director Ken Goldsmith.

“We’ve seen an uptick, largely driven by the advent of the executive 747-8 and we see the future further driven by executive variants of the 787, [and] still to come are the business and private versions of the Boeing 737 Max and the follow-on 777X,” said Goldsmith. He also noted that the re-engined Airbus A320Neo is still to come, as is the A350 XWB from Airbus.

August 6, 2013 - 12:40am
The Astral Design Series includes cabin designs based on “intelligent ergonomics and socio-cultural design.”

Yasava Solutions, in a joint venture with MCM Design Studio, has taken jet cabin design in a new direction it says is based on “intelligent ergonomics and socio-cultural design.”

In May, the cabin design and engineering firm introduced its dramatic Astral Design Series interior proposals for large-cabin business jets. According to CEO Christopher Mbanefo, the firm has been in talks with major OEMs, and the Astral series was created with the Falcon 7X, Global 6000 and G650 cabins in mind.

August 6, 2013 - 12:20am
The modified UH-60M with new executive cabin by Sabreliner is a far cry from the bare-bones military variant.

It was six years ago that Sabreliner decided to enter the helicopter modification business. The company has since found a growing niche market in UH-60M Black Hawk modification and cabin refurbishment, transforming these rough-and-tumble combat aircraft into luxurious executive transport for heads-of-state around the world.

The St. Louis-based company most recently delivered executive variants of the Black Hawk to the Royal Jordanian Air Force, bringing the total number of highly modified UH-60Ms to 11.

August 3, 2013 - 2:10am

Pats Aircraft in Georgetown, Del., has rationalized its workflow to build on the record performance it achieved last year.

Once part of DeCrane Aerospace, Pats was spun off as an independent company in 2010 when Goodrich acquired DeCrane. (United Technologies subsequently acquired Goodrich.) In late 2011 Pats was restructured in a debt for equity swap and today it is majority-owned by Minnesota-based Wayzata Capital Partners.

August 1, 2013 - 3:30am
TrueNorth Avionics has begun delivering a GSM software solution that allows business aircraft passengers to get on the jet and use their GSM phone just as they would on the ground.

What’s new gets old, really fast

One thing is certain in the world of aircraft cabin electronics: what’s cutting edge today will be dull and discarded tomorrow. And there is little doubt that some of the technology discussed in this feature will be replaced sooner rather than later by something newer or faster or bigger with more bells and whistles.

 
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