Electrochromism

August 2, 2010 - 7:23am

Hawker Beechcraft has won STC approval from both the FAA and EASA for the Alteos interactive window system for its King Air 350i. The system, which is assembled and sold by PPG Industries through its Alteos brand, uses proprietary electrochromic technology from Gentex. It allows the user to lighten or darken the window by increasing or decreasing the electrical current passing through a gel layer between the layers of glass.

February 2, 2010 - 6:01pm

PPG Aerospace (Stand E83) is offering visitors live demos of its Alteos interactive window system, an electrochromic shade that replaces manual or electromechanical pull-down models. The system, just certified on the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350i business aircraft, is to fly soon on the Boeing 787 airliner.

September 30, 2009 - 7:37am

PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies business and Gentex will be providing electrochromic window systems to Hawker Beechcraft as standard equipment for the manufacturer’s 2010 King Air 350i cabin windows. The PPG-Gentex system–dubbed Alteos–replaces the mechanical shade system, allowing passengers to control the visible-light transmittance of a dimmable panel between the inboard dust cover and outboard, structural cabin window.

August 27, 2009 - 11:07am

PPG Industries aerospace transparencies business and Gentex will be providing electrochromic window systems to Hawker Beechcraft as standard equipment for the manufacturer’s 2010 King Air 350i cabin windows. The PPG-Gentex system–dubbed Alteos–replaces the mechanical shade system, allowing passengers to control the visible light transmittance of a dimmable panel between the inboard dust cover and outboard structural cabin window.

June 16, 2009 - 7:14am

PPG Aerospace is developing transparencies for aircraft cockpit and cabin windows that help keep the interior cooler by reducing heat from the sun. The clear solar-reflective window coatings cut solar transmittance in half, said PPG Aerospace global director Anthony Stone. Aircraft like the Boeing 787 and Hawker 4000 that are built using composites don’t dissipate solar heat as well as aluminum airplanes, Stone noted.

October 31, 2008 - 6:24am

The 350i is a new version of the King Air 350 with Serenity System interior soundproofing, LED lighting, electrochromic window darkening and Rockwell Collins Venue cabin entertainment/management system. The $6.526 million King Air 350i is scheduled for FAA certification and entry into service in the third quarter next year.

January 2, 2008 - 10:42am

Buyers of an executive version of the new Airbus A350XWB will have the option of selecting the electrochromic (or “smart windows”) technology from PPG. The windows, developed by Gentex of Zeeland, Mich., contain an organic di-electric gel. When a very low electrical current is introduced, the gel will darken, rendering the window opaque.

 
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