For several years organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting has been slowly gaining acceptance in the private jet industry, but the relatively short lifespan of the successor to the current LED (light-emitting diode) system has been holding back the technology. Osram Opto Semiconductors of Regensburg, Germany, believes it has a solution. Until now, according to Dr.
Aviation International News » May 2008
Western Aircraft expects to open its newly renovated, full-service interior shop this month at its Boise, Idaho facility. Dubbed the “Interior Re-Completion Center,” it includes a 1,600-sq-ft paint booth for interior components and another 8,000 sq ft for upholstery and soft goods application. The center is housed in an existing hangar renovated for the express purpose of expanding Western’s cabin refurbishment capacity.
Air Data’s JetAir bio-protection air purification system has received Transport Canada manufacturing approval. The Montreal-based company expects supplemental type certification early this summer for Bombardier’s Global Express XRS and Global 5000. U.S. independent completion and refurbishment specialist Midcoast is offering the system as an option to operators of both Global variants.
Driessen Aerospace has introduced a new “hot cup” designed originally for the Boeing 787 galley. The cup brings about three pints of water to a boil in five to seven minutes, using induction technology. The Netherlands-based galley equipment specialist suggests using the boiler for everything from simple hot water to boiling eggs to heating baby food. The pot itself can be removed and carried throughout the aircraft for service.
Fort Lauderdale-based Banyan Air Service has expanded its refurbishment service into larger aircraft and recently completed installation of an Audio International in-flight entertainment system in a Gulfstream IV-SP and a Collins Tailwind 550 multi-region satellite-direct television and high-speed Internet package with cabin wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi) in a privately owned Boeing 747SP.
From Italian cabin supplier Iacobucci HF Electronics comes a new galley espresso maker. At 6.3 inches wide, 12 inches high, 10.8 inches deep and 26.45 pounds, the machine is sized for the small galley. The hot water system isn’t pressurized and it includes over-temperature and low-water automatic shutdown, and non-scorching steam outlet.
The change in ownership of the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo barely rated a blink as the 2008 event went off seamlessly from March 31 through April 2 in Hamburg, Germany.
Ownership of the show changed last year when long-time owner/organizer UKIP Media & Events sold the expo to Reed Exhibitions.
The FAA and aviation industry have formed a Runway Safety Council to examine root causes of runway incursions and make recommendations about runway safety. The group includes 12 to 15 industry representatives and held its first meeting in late March.
A privately owned and developed airport is under construction eight miles south of Branson, Mo., designed to serve vacationers flying to the Branson area, including airlines and general aviation traffic. The developers of the new airport, Aviation Facilities of McLean, Va., have accepted no federal funds to build and operate the airport, according to executive director Jeff Bourk.
Jackson Hole Airport in Wyoming has the unfortunate distinction of being the only large public-use airport located in a national park and operating under a special-use permit from the National Park Service. While pilots landing at the busy airport might wonder why the crowded ramp can’t be expanded into nearby open land, doing so is impossible, according to Jackson Hole Aviation president and CEO Jeffrey Brown.