Thales Avionics North America announced Tuesday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding to team with Audio International of Little Rock, Ark., in offering a complete cabin management system including inflight entertainment, cabin communications and environmental controls.
The airborne products division of Teac announced the availability of new “plug and play” digital file servers for use with the company’s in-flight entertainment systems. The AE-1600SS digital audio server and VE-801SS video server can store and replay up to four times the digital content of tape-based units, Teac claimed.
Thales announced it is aiming to become a major supplier of avionics systems to the business aviation market, challenging the likes of Honeywell and Rockwell Collins, and achieving a “very significant” increase in revenue.
Irvine, Calif.-based Intheairnet last month announced it has purchased most of the assets of Passenger Networks, a Santa, Ana, Calif. maker of airborne computer servers, satellite antennas and cabin software applications.
Flight Display Systems, a leading manufacturer of in-flight entertainment equipment, has unveiled at EBACE the updated version of its 7-inch widescreen LCD monitor, “developed with European dealer concerns in mind.” The FD70CV-M upgrade model has an all-metal housing (replacing the plastic version, which is still being offered). It is 14-percent thinner and 12-percent shorter than its predecessor and has FAA parts manufacturer approval.
French cabin electronics specialist PGA Avionics (Booth No. 1340) has developed an on-demand audio/video entertainment system and delivered the first to the Airbus Corporate Jet Center in Toulouse for installation as part of an executive/VIP cabin completion project. According to company president Jean-François Piaulet, the one gigabyte Ethernet-based system adds another element to the French company’s overall cabin electronics package.
French avionics maker Thales last month signed a memorandum of understanding with Little Rock, Ark.-based Audio International in a deal that will see the companies develop a complete cabin-management system for business aviation, including in-flight entertainment, cabin communications and environmental controls.
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.
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.
Rockwell Collins and Connexion by Boeing are teaming to create a broadband satellite data service for business jets that will fly first aboard Bombardier’s Global 5000 and Global Express XRS.