Antwerp, Belgium-based Flying Group has become a major business aviation player in France, with new sites at Cannes and at Paris Le Bourget. The recent opening of Flying Group’s state-of-the-art terminal at the French capital’s dedicated business aviation airport is symbolic of the fast-growing company’s ambitions in France.
Aviation International News » July 2006
SkyTheater is a relatively small company–at its core, three friends with a wealth of experience and a devotion to the ultimate audiovisual experience in a business jet cabin– doing a big-screen business.
Precision Aircraft Components of Palm City, Fla., has announced a new, electrically operated, 16-g berthable divan. According to sales manager Mike Stevens, the biggest challenge was finding a good, reliable motor. The divan unfolds and extends to form a sleeping berth and retracts with the touch of a button. It also has a pressure-sensor safety feature that causes the motor to reverse immediately.
Large executive/VIP interiors specialist PATS Aircraft has selected the Cabin Comfort System by Flight Environments of Paso Robles, Calif., for a BBJ2 cabin project. The big business jet is the second BBJ2 to be completed by PATS for the same Middle Eastern customer. The first aircraft was also equipped with the Flight Environments thermal/acoustic barrier system. The Cabin Comfort System has been installed in more than 30 executive BBJs.
Business is booming at PATS Aircraft, said Dominick Scott, the completion and refurbishment specialist’s v-p of quality and procurement. With one BBJ2 delivered in February, one BBJ and one BBJ2 currently in the works, and a fourth BBJ due to arrive in December, expansion is in order, said Scott. PATS recently acquired two hangars across from the current facility at Sussex County Airport near Georgetown, Del., to accommodate the growth.
Mann Aviation at Fairoaks Airport southwest of London began taking in more business aircraft interior refurbishment work about two years ago and recently added a new 5,500-sq-ft facility dedicated to that aspect of its business. It includes cabinetry and upholstery shops as well as hangarage.
Midcoast Aviation, which has done green Challenger 604 completions for years, is ramping up its capabilities as the Canadian manufacturer sends more of its business jets to the Cahokia, Ill. independent center for more highly customized interior work.
It might have the look and feel of an oversized luxury automobile in the cabin, but it is all airplane. “We were asked to make the passenger feel as if he or she were in a large, luxury SUV, such as the Porsche Cayenne or the BMW X5,” said Franck Burnet, CEO of Burnet Interiors, which was contracted by Grob Aerospace of Germany to build the cabin mockup of the aircraft manufacturer’s new SPn utility jet.
If the customer has it in his home or in his office, he wants it in the cabin of his business aircraft. This demand is driving the communication and entertainment cabin technology that’s just become available and the new gear soon to follow.
A major battle for market share is going on in the realm of cabin communications, in
particular high-speed satcom data connectivity.
For business jet owners looking for that “signature” cabin, aircraft charter and services giant TAG Group has teamed with leading international fashion house Gianni Versace to offer an answer.