Satcom Direct (Booth 455) has signed an agreement with Honeywell to be a distributor for the Inmarsat GX Aviation Ka-band service, for which Honeywell itself is a value-added reseller. The Florida-based communications specialist will also be a distributor of GX avionics equipment. The service is scheduled to be commercially available early in 2015 and is designed to offer “consistent, high-capacity broadband coverage around the world.” For example, users should be able to stream Internet content live or hold uninterrupted video calls from 30,000 feet.
Cabin Interior and Electronics
News and developments about everything that goes into the cabin of an aircraft, from floor coverings to headliners, with a special emphasis on in-flight entertainment, communications and other electronics for passengers. If it is in the cabin of an aircraft, it’s covered here.
German business jet modernization and refurbishment specialist OHS Aviation Services (Booth 2043) has announced two deals in which it will partner with other companies to work on refurbishment programs. In the first deal OHS has agreed to join with DC Aviation to open a cabin interior shop at DC’s Stuttgart base. The company, which was formed in 2007 from DaimlerChrysler Aviation, provides a wide spectrum of services, including aircraft charter and management as well as repair and maintenance.
Eurocopter (Booth 7050) unveiled a mockup of the executive version of its EC175 medium twin helicopter at EBACE and is also offering an even more luxurious VIP version.
Dassault Falcon Services has selected the Rockwell Collins Skybox and Venue products for retrofit on a Falcon 2000EX.
Eurocopter revealed a mockup of the executive version of its EC175 medium-twin helicopter today at EBACE and is also offering an even more luxurious VIP version. Prices for the new variants are around €17 million ($22 million) and vary with options. The VIP version is some €500,000 ($650,000) more expensive than the executive option.
VIP cabin equipment supplier Custom Control Concepts (CCC, Booth 385) announced that it has appointed Jet Aviation Basel as its exclusive authorized service center for Europe. Under the terms of the agreement, Jet Aviation will perform component-level repairs on CCC equipment and provide necessary return-to-service approvals. CCC has agreed to provide training, equipment and parts.
European business aviation flight activity may still be down, but overall prospects for one of the industry’s largest service groups are on the rise, according to Jet Aviation president Dan Clare. In an interview ahead of this week’s EBACE show Clare said the Switzerland-based company’s management and charter business is picking up well, with balanced growth between the markets in the U.S. and across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. At the same time, he hailed a recovery in Jet Aviation’s aircraft completions business.
Of all the new products it is has on display at EBACE this year, New Berlin, Wisconsin-based Emteq (Booth 1557) expects the most buzz to be around its eConnect advancements. Since eConnect was introduced in the fourth quarter of 2011, Emteq has continued to update the cabin electronics control system, ensuring it not only will serve as a current top-line CMS/IFE system but can also adapt to future needs.
EBACE attendees can finally get a glimpse of the Gulfstream G650’s cabin interior–the “widest and longest of any dedicated business jet,” according to the manufacturer–in an actual airplane.
Last year, the ultra-long-range twinjet made its EBACE debut sans interior, meaning show-goers could view it only from the outside, although a cabin mockup was at the company’s booth. This time around Gulfstream (Booth 7061) has brought a G650 with a full production interior to Geneva, and it is available for viewing during EBACE in the static park.