NBAA Convention News

Vision Systems Takes a Fresh Look At Tablet Support Arms

 - November 6, 2012, 2:50 PM

Vision Systems is here with two new cabin products, Smart Up, a tablet support arm, and VisiConnect, for in-flight Internet connectivity. Both products are available for all types of business jets.

The Lyon, France-based company has designed a motorized-deployment arm, integrated in the passenger's armrest. Smart Up can accommodate any type of tablet in portrait or landscape position. The arm weighs 3.3 pounds, according to Vision Systems. Embraer has adopted the new arm for its Phenom 300 light business jet.

VisiConnect offers satcom connectivity. Depending on the kind of antenna the customer chooses, various Internet speeds are available, from 332 to 864 Kbps. “Our customers mainly want access to their email, social networks and voice communications,” a company spokesperson told AIN.

At the Vision Systems booth (No. 1626), visitors can download an iPod, iPad or Android app to control various window devices. There is the conventional “Comfort Shade” roller-type and two more modern electronic window-dimming systems, dubbed Noctis and Nuance. The former is pricier but faster and capable of higher opacity. The company is producing both for an unnamed business jet customer. Vision Systems is also developing a new transparent material for windows, with glass-like optic qualities but certified for aviation applications. “It is very thin, scratch resistant, lighter than today's Plexiglas and more durable,” the spokesperson said. Nuance and Noctis will be integrated into the new material.

Vision Systems plans to have a factory up and running in the U.S. in 2013, to produce polarizing window shades, namely the Nuance and Noctis product line.