Lufthansa Technik today promoted Walter Heerdt as senior vice president for VIP and executive jet solutions. He succeeds Dr. Hans Schmitz, who is retiring after seven years at the helm of Lufthansa Technik’s VIP division. Heerdt has headed the German company’s marketing and sales department since 2003. He joined Lufthansa in 1979 as a manager in the engine services division before rising through the ranks and eventually being named senior vice president of marketing and sales for the entire Lufthansa Technik Group 11 years ago.
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.
The world’s first private airliner incorporating a “bubble wall” is about to begin completion, according to London’s VIP Completions, which will provide the bubble wall for a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for the undisclosed customer. The bubble wall uses the contrasts of light, water and Swarovski crystal to create a relaxing experience, adding its glow to the cabin lighting.
Russia’s aircraft interiors business is determined to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign suppliers–a goal that may or may not be connected to the threat of further Western economic sanctions against Russia. The only media briefing at the entire three-day JetExpo’2014 show came from AKAI, the Russian acronym for Association of Aviation Interior Companies.
Spokane’s Associated Painters, which was acquired by Leading Edge Aviation Services of Forth Worth, Texas, in March last year, opened a new $6 million narrow-body paint hangar in Spokane, Wash. The one-bay, 32,000-sq-ft facility (its second in Spokane) accommodates aircraft up to a 757-300 and is outfitted with high-lumen, energy-efficient lighting, hybrid cross-draft/down-draft air handling and a rubber membrane roof.
Dassault Aviation has tapped Esoteric, a New York City-based provider of cockpit and cabin USB chargers, to supply its new SkyDock line of USB chargers for Falcons. Installations will begin later this year.
BE Aerospace (BEA) bought Emteq Corporate and its subsidiaries. Emteq provides aircraft interior and exterior lighting, as well as cabin management and power systems. BEA sees Emteq’s lighting, cabin management and power systems as highly complementary to its own product lines.
Pats Aircraft Systems of Georgetown, Del., completion specialist for widebodies and BBJs and sole provider of auxiliary fuel-tank installations for BBJs, was acquired from Wayzata Investment Partners by Moelis Capital Partners (MCP) of New York City. Pats plans to continue concentrating on BBJ completions, expanding its business by finding more customers overseas and possibly putting more emphasis on its refurbishment business, according to John Martin, who retains his position as Pats president and CEO.
Dassault Falcon Jet broke ground this week on an expansion and upgrade of its Little Rock, Ark. completion facility to accommodate the French airframer’s recently launched Falcon 5X and 8X. A 250,000-sq-ft hangar is part of the $60 million project, which adds production and completion space to the existing one million sq ft at the campus. Older hangars and the cabinet, upholstery and headliner shops will undergo a refurbishment.
An EASA rule that takes effect next month opens the door to offshore oil-and-gas helicopter passengers’ using personal electronic devices (PED), and rotorcraft manufacturers say their designs are compatible with the use of PEDs in flight. However, European operators seem unenthusiastic about implementing the change despite its appeal to passengers.
Ruag Aviation is now offering real wood flooring as an option for business aircraft cabins. As a replacement for carpet, the wood flooring adds no weight to the aircraft and is about one-third of an inch thick, Ruag said. It is available as veneer and can be laid in different patterns in an aircraft’s entry, shower, lavatory and/or main cabin. The flooring has a “natural” satin finish and is compatible with diverse floor layouts through the use of rectangular or single curved panels. It can also be personalized with inlays, as well as marquetry and even lighting.