Following a fierce bidding process, Jet Aviation’s Basel, Switzerland completion and refurbishment center has won a contract from Dubai Air Wing to outfit two Boeing 747-400s. The airline interiors of both airplanes will be removed and the airframes overhauled before installation of the new executive/VIP cabins. A Jet Aviation spokesman said the contract represents the biggest cabin outfitting order ever received by the center.
Aviation International News » July 2004
Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., is working on a redesign of its current offering of interior packages. The Duncan Design Collection, as it is known, will be officially launched this October at the NBAA Convention. The initial Falcon 50 interior from the collection is scheduled for completion this month.
Working on reducing high-frequency cabin noise produced by air passing over the fuselage skin, UK-based Ultra Electronics and QinetiQ found what a spokesman described as “a fantastic solution to the wrong problem.” After flight tests of new-generation hybrid active/passive cabin shell mounts, researchers concluded that the system works extremely well, reducing noise transmitted through the mounts by as much as 30 dBA.
Dassault plans to introduce an exceptionally quiet cabin in its new Falcon 7X business jet. The company announced at EBACE in May that it expects to create a cabin with noise levels in the 52-dB range, about four decibels less than in the Falcon 900EX. Normal cabin conversation is typically conducted in the 55- to 70-dB range.
After several years of cost reductions, layoffs, closings and general malaise, there are definite signs that a slow economic recovery is starting to have a positive effect on the business aviation industry, and many in the interior completion and refurbishment business are breathing a sigh of relief.
“We’re very pleased with this year’s show,” Jill Hilgenberg, show manager for Cygnus Exposition’s Aviation Events, told AIN during Aviation Industry Week in Las Vegas May 18 to 20. “Total attendance is 5,884, up from 5,100 last year, and about one fourth of those listed PAMA as their interest.
Business flying is definitely up, and so are fuel prices. But, at least so far, aircraft operators aren’t protesting at the pump too bitterly about what they’re paying for jet-A.
The economy is emerging from the soup not with the sudden clarity of a westbound flight through the shattered remnants of a cold front, but more as if it were groping its way through the patchy passing of a stubborn warm front. Against this backdrop, business aviation met in Geneva, Switzerland, and dared to hope that the improvement is durable enough to mark a sustained upswing in the economic cycle.
The House Appropriations Committee included language in the Department of Homeland Security fiscal year 2005 budget that requires Secretary Tom Ridge, in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Secret Service, to develop and implement a “reasonable and effective” security plan restoring access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) for security-qualified charter and GA operators by November 30.
SSBJ UPDATE: Elsewhere in this issue (“In The Works,” page 78) is word of Sukhoi’s continuing work on feasibility studies on the S-21, a supersonic business jet that, according to the company’s general director of civil aircraft, could not appear before 2010 or 2012.