Ruag Aviation is now offering real wood flooring as an option for business aircraft cabins. As a replacement for carpet, the wood flooring adds no weight to the aircraft and is about one-third of an inch thick, Ruag said. It is available as veneer and can be laid in different patterns in an aircraft’s entry, shower, lavatory and/or main cabin. The flooring has a “natural” satin finish and is compatible with diverse floor layouts through the use of rectangular or single curved panels. It can also be personalized with inlays, as well as marquetry and even lighting.
Electronics specialist Emteq started its involvement in aerospace as a pioneer in the use of LED lighting. It still lays claim to being a leader in this field but has since expanded its technology horizons to encompass a much broader array of cabin systems.
“We saw a real need to provide a more connected cabin and this led us to develop a full suite of solutions that we call eConnect,” explained the U.S. company’s chief marketing officer Rachel Bahr.
Cabin electronics specialist Emteq has invested heavily in developing sophisticated lighting systems for both airliners and private aircraft. The U.S. company, which is exhibiting here at ABACE 2014 in Shanghai with its partner Talco Aviation (Booth H619), is also a pioneer in producing advanced cabin management systems (CMS).
Requests for charter flight price quotes, a bellwether of business aviation activity, have been growing in China by more than 20 percent annually over the past three years, according to data released on the eve of ABACE 2014 by Avinode (Booth H430).
Canadian interiors completion provider Innotech Aviation of Montreal and Design Q of London have developed a new concept in cabin lighting: applying Swarovski crystals to variable-color LED cabin lighting panels to create “a unique, industry-first lighting environment.”
The first applications, according to Innotech director of avionics engineering Gesse Sciacca, are being incorporated in a Global, with delivery anticipated before year-end.
First-time NBAA exhibitor Specialty Bulb Co. (Booth No. C12639) is small compared to most of its neighbors on the convention center floor, but its size belies its significance. While the Bohemia, N.Y. company, located across the street from MacArthur Airport on Long Island, has only 12 employees and just sells one product, lighting, it does this for everything from Cessna 152s to Airbus A320s and Boeing 747s, to a diverse range of customers from weekend pilots to major airlines.
Landmark Aviation will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for its new facility at San Diego International Airport. Its FBO campus at the Southern California airfield will include a 20,000-sq-ft terminal, 250,000-sq-ft ramp and five hangars on 12.4 acres. The new facility is also expected to achieve Leed Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. According to Landmark, the new FBO will open late next year.
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.
The Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC), Airbus’s bizliner completion center in Toulouse, has found ways to cut cabin weight on the ACJ320s and ACJ319s it outfits with luxury interiors. It is also unveiling, this month at the EBACE 2013 show in Geneva, a new cabin concept.
The weight reduction, “on the order of 10 percent, or between 1,100 and 1,500 pounds,” according to CEO Benoît Defforge, was the result of “redesign[ed] furniture fittings,” solutions inspired by serial production (as opposed to customized cabins) and use of lighter composite materials for the furniture itself.
Lou Martin & Associates (Stand 571) makes more than the iconic window shades that have long been associated with the San Antonio, Texas-based company. Here at the MEBA show, the company is introducing new composite flat panels, made by sister company Technical Composites. The panels are available in a variety of core and skin material types.
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