EBACE Convention News

Dimmable Windows Double as Displays

 - May 23, 2016, 9:10 AM

Here at the EBACE show, Vision Systems is showcasing its latest electronically dimmable window (EDW) system for business jets and VIP helicopters. This new system integrates a transparent video display that allows passengers to view content such as an interactive moving map and travel information through the airplane window. Controlled by either a touch panel directly on the window, a personal tablet or light sensors, the EDW provides visual and thermal comfort by protecting passengers from the sun while still preserving the view. The system can also be used as a partition to provide privacy to part of the cabin.

According to France-based Vision Systems, EDW also contributes to lower aircraft operating costs by reducing air conditioning consumption. The windows automatically assume their darkest setting when the aircraft is on the ground, reducing cabin temperature in warm conditions. The windows also block 99.9 percent of harmful UV light and include noise insulation to keep the cabin quieter. Maintenance is also simplified because the electronic controls are fully integrated and there are no moving parts.

The company also offers conventional motorized shades, which feature smooth or pleated fabrics and come as single or dual screens, can be synchronized so that they all reach the top or bottom position simultaneously throughout the aircraft or by cabin zones. They can be controlled by a touch panel directly on the window, or via a tablet or integrated light sensors.

This week, Vision Systems is also unveiling a new window for helicopters that can be jettisoned in the event of an emergency. The new model has been selected by Airbus Helicopters for its latest H160 model. The H175 model already features the EDW system.

EDW is to be a feature of the new Dassault Falcon 5X jet’s unique skylight window. The manufacturer has already provided the technology for a Dassault Falcon 900 refurbished by Ruag Aviation, as well as for the new HondaJet and the Epic E1000 turboprop single.