This year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo is history, and indications are that the show has weathered its initial growing pains. In Hamburg, Germany, for the first time, 241 show exhibitors welcomed more than 4,000 visitors to the new venue at the Hamburg Messe convention center from April 8 to 11.
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 fourth Bombardier Continental super-midsize business jet to join the flight-test program is the first aircraft to have a complete interior, functional galley and lavatory. The airplane, which entered flight test last month, features double-club seating for eight passengers, aft vanity with hot and cold water, in-flight phone with two cabin headsets, DVD player and Airshow with two 15-in. flat-screen monitors.
Dee Howard, in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since mid-February, took a major step toward recovery on April 19 with selection of a winning bid for purchase of the company.
General Electric’s Garrett Santa Barbara completion center, opened in mid-1999 for the express purpose of outfitting Boeing Business Jets, is scheduled to close next month following a troubled three-year history.
The announcement last month by GE was described as part of a decision by the parent company “to adjust its business activities to the current market conditions.”
A passive sound-reduction kit for the Pilatus PC-12 lowers cabin noise by 55 percent in the speech interference level and by 80 percent in the average “A” weighted scale, according to Western Aircraft, the Boise, Idaho company offering the kit. The kit uses a variety of soundproofing materials installed throughout the cabin of the turboprop single, adding between about 90- and 120 lb to the aircraft’s empty weight. The kit costs $21,602.
Baker Electronics has introduced a miniature multi-region DVD player that measures 2.5 in. high, 7.25 in. wide and 8 in. deep. Multi-region means that the unit can play DVDs from all parts of the world, as well as audio CDs, video CDs, so-called super video CDs and MP3 CDs. Dubbed the Mini-MRDVD-DB, the unit has been “ruggedized” for durability in aircraft cabins, according to Baker.
Rosen Products of Eugene, Ore., is making a splash in the new product pool with the announcement of the integration of Honeywell’s OneView satellite-direct television into its cabin-entertainment system and introduction of a new wide-aspect-ratio flat-panel cabin monitor.
Cabin-management and entertainment system specialist IEC International has been acquired in a management buyout led by sales and marketing v-p Chris Nicholls. The UK company will now trade as IEC In-flight Systems and will focus largely on the business-aviation sector, while also remaining in the airline market. IEC intends to move its headquarters from Langley, near London Heathrow Airport, to Farnborough Airport.
With ever larger numbers of ultra-long-range business jets taking to the skies, individual complaints about dry air in the cabin have grown to a chorus of demands for humidifiers. But while manufacturers would like to oblige, most have yet to come up with a system that is both airplane and people friendly.
Bombardier chose Goodrich Hella Aerospace Lighting Systems to provide LED technology for internal and external lighting on the new Global 5000. A Goodrich Hella spokesman said the LED-based systems are expected to lower maintenance costs and reduce the need for unscheduled repairs. Deliveries of the lighting systems are expected to begin early next year. The Global 5000 is expected to enter service by the end of 2004.