Lufthansa Technik introduced two new products for private jet cabins at ABACE 2014: an aircraft steam generator system and an onboard therapeutic oxygen generation system. The 40-pound steam generator, which does not need to be connected to the aircraft’s existing water system, facilitates installation of steam showers in VIP aircraft. The oxygen generation system, which weighs 66 pounds, provides oxygen continuously via a mask for up to two connections. Either system can be installed in a midsize or larger business jet during cabin outfitting or as a retrofit.
Lufthansa Technik and List Components & Furniture have founded a joint-venture company, Inairvation, that combines the experience of Lufthansa Technik with private aircraft cabin conversions and manufacture of in-flight entertainment electronics with the expertise of List as a manufacturer of high-end cabin interiors for private and corporate jets, luxury yachts, cruise liners and private residences. Each of the companies holds a 50-percent stake in the Edlitz-Thomasberg, Austria-based company. ,
Flight Display Systems (Booth No. 5912) has focused its booth to show off its Smart Cabin cabin management, in-flight entertainment and wireless system for helicopters.
The joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems and Sikorsky has delivered its first fully indigenous S-92 cabin. The Indian operation is now not only assembling cabins but also producing more than 5,000 associated precision components. At the Hyderabad factory, the capacity has reached four S-92 cabins per month and the 50th was produced in October.
Air Capital Interiors, a new cabin refurbishment specialist, is open for business in Wichita. Located in a 9,000-sq-ft renovated facility, Air Capital is a partner in the new venture with interior detailing and cabin renovation specialist Appearance Group. Both are located at Colonel James Jabara Airport. “Our core customer will be those maintenance facilities that don’t have interior capability,” said Air Capital president Rodney Wilson.
Sikorsky Aircraft and China’s Changhe Aircraft Industries have signed an agreement for Changhe to produce cabins for the S-76D. Changhe, which had previously provided cabins for the predecessor S-76C++, will now serve as a second source for S-76D cabins, as Czech-based Aero Vodochody also supplies cabins. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2016.
Yasava Solutions, in a joint venture with MCM Design Studio, has taken jet cabin design in a new direction it says is based on “intelligent ergonomics and socio-cultural design.”
In May, the cabin design and engineering firm introduced its dramatic Astral Design Series interior proposals for large-cabin business jets. According to CEO Christopher Mbanefo, the firm has been in talks with major OEMs, and the Astral series was created with the Falcon 7X, Global 6000 and G650 cabins in mind.
Duncan Aviation is offering a custom cabinet to replace the forward lavatory in the Falcon 900 and 2000 to suit the way operators use the space. Some of those aircraft have two lavatories: one forward and one aft. Operators often do not use the forward lavatory for its intended purpose and transform the space into a makeshift storage compartment.
Aviation Fabricators is offering an STC on its aft toilet seat kit for the King Air 200 series. It allows for the seat to be occupied during takeoff and landing, adding cabin space while retaining a functioning lavatory. “This can be beneficial for special-mission aircraft that need more equipment or seating in the aircraft and still require a lavatory on board or for operators who prefer to move the toilet out of the cabin area for increased privacy,” says AvFab’s G.R. Lowe.
The Embraer Lineage 1000 on the static line at EBACE 2013 has been sold to Belgium’s FlyingGroup. Ernest Edwards, president of Embraer Executive Jets, and FlyingGroup CEO Bernard van Milders, climbed aboard to celebarate the sale of the first ultra-large cabin Embraer Lineage 1000 delivered in Belgium. The aircraft, which will be operated both privately and for charter by FlyingGroup, will be based in Antwerp and operated to points as far away as Kazakhstan, and even beyond, according to van Milders.
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