Completion specialist L-3 Platform Integration of Waco, Texas reported at EBACE 2014 “significant progress” on completing two 747-8 VVIP aircraft for undisclosed customers. One of the aircraft is slated to become the first ever 747-8 VVIP completion.
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.
VIP aircraft services provider Lufthansa Technik has unveiled new offerings for cabin completions and a major corporate investment and reorganization aimed at keeping its pipeline filled with innovative ideas, products and services.
Under its Innovation Boost program, introduced here at the EBACE show, Lufthansa Technik (Booth 5634) is quadrupling its research and development spending, committing €200 million through 2017. The company is also changing its organizational structure to create a better environment for innovation and new product development.
Everett, Washington-based BLR Aerospace (Booth 2606) has obtained FAA approval of its LED lighting system for installation in Beechcraft King Air 90s that are equipped with BLR winglets, the company announced at EBACE 2014. Benefits of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) include better reliability, lower power consumption, higher illumination, reduced weight and longer life, when compared to incandescent lighting.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based consultancy firm MAZ Aviation and satellite airtime provider Satcom1 (Booth 821) are joining forces to design a new, faster satcom system for the Airbus ACJ and Boeing BBJ. According to the partnership agreement, the system will be based on Ka- and Ku- band solutions and will offer greater bandwidth for airborne communications. Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband and its safety services features will be used for cockpit communications needs.
Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland (Booth 6629) is showcasing an innovative VIP interior concept for its in-development AW169 at EBACE 2014, replete with artist renderings, color samples and a scaled-down mockup. The four-passenger interior concept features earth tones and swiveling seats with translucent shells. It was created by design firm Lanzavecchia + Wai for the “Flydeas for the City” contest sponsored by AgustaWestland and the contemporary design magazine Interni.
Inflight connectivity provider Aircell (Booth 5223) unveiled at EBACE 2014 new SwiftBroadband airtime programs for business aviation. Aircell has long been a distributor for Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband service and also manufactures SwiftBroadband transceivers. Business aircraft operators can now choose from a variety of SwiftBroadband data and voice plans offered by Aircell with accompanying services.
328 Design, part of the 328 Group (Booth 5546), has been awarded two supplemental type certificates that it developed in conjunction with Battle Creek, Michigan-based Duncan Aviation (Booth 4634). Both STCs were for modifications to the Dassault Falcon 900EX. One covers replacement of five single-passenger seats with new seats from UTC Aerospace Systems. The other STC covers replacement of the original CMS/inflight entertainment system with the Rockwell Collins Venue cabin management system and Emteq LED cabin lighting.
“Kindly take a seat” is one of the key messages from cabin interior specialists here at EBACE 2014, but not just any seat will do. VIP aircraft seat manufacturers are displaying the latest in seating technology and comfort here in Geneva.
Global aircraft brokerage Jetcraft of Raleigh, North Carolina, is introducing its JetCoast completions program, a refreshed facet of its acquisition services, at EBACE 2014.
Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets (BBJ), announced here at EBACE 2014 the company has sold its first VIP 787-9 Dreamliner, and the undisclosed customer has chosen London’s Andrew Winch Designs (AWD) and EH Aviation Advisors to handle the completion. Taylor noted that AWD has handled interior design for several BBJs. “This is going to be spectacular,” he said as he showed renderings of an interior scheme from AWD at the BBJ press conference. (Renderings of the client’s selected interior were not displayed as per AWD’s confidentiality policies.)