It was a short flight, two-and-a-half hours over the Pacific Ocean, but even that amount of time was enough to learn that business-class seats in an Emirates Airline Airbus A380 are the only way to fly on the airlines, especially when considering the 19-hour nonstop that the airline plans from Los Angeles to Dubai.
Described as a family of services to be launched this year for passenger news, moving map and cached Web content, Honeywell’s ePaxx concept is being designed to bridge the gap between traditional in-flight entertainment products and the company’s Inflightmail e-mail service, now flying aboard a customer Challenger 604 and Global Express.
Industry rivals DPI Labs and Airshow have joined forces, at least for the time being, to produce a total cabin avionics system for business aviation travelers who need “uninterrupted access to news and amenities worldwide, including satellite-
direct television, inflight entertainment and cabin management functions.”
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. Intheairnet, a spin-off of avionics maker Rogerson Kratos formed to develop a line of in-flight entertainment products, is developing digital architecture for broadband and wireless technologies in the passenger compartment.
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.