Business/VIP helicopter owners are increasingly demanding more cabin comfort and equipment. Helicopter manufacturers enjoying a booming market for their products are thus endeavoring to make their interiors look more like those of business jets.
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.
Zenda Leather (Booth No. 8923) may be a new name in the aviation industry, but the company’s assorted line of leather upholstery is well known to automobile and furniture manufacturers.
Canada-based aircraft completions specialist Flying Colours (Booth No. 4625) has unveiled plans for expansion of its Peterborough, Ontario location. In addition to its existing 60,000 sq ft facility–which is dedicated to exterior painting, interior completions and modifications, aircraft maintenance and repair–Flying Colours is beginning construction on another 30,000-sq-ft building that it expects to complete early next year.
The first Embraer Lineage 1000–the executive version of the Brazilian manufacturer’s E-190 regional airliner–has an appointment next month at a U.S. completion center to receive its VIP interior, cabin appointments and several fresh coats of paint.
Mid Continent Controls (Booth No. 4926) is displaying its in-flight entertainment technology with new media disc players capable of reading DVDs from all geographic regions as well as compact, video compact, MP3, DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs.
Airbus remains tight-lipped on the subject of what it calls the A380 “Flying Palace,” but that hasn’t kept rumors from swirling or designers from developing proposals for a cabin on two levels with some 6,800 sq ft of living space.
After more than a decade’s experience performing midsize and large-cabin business jet refurbishments, King Aerospace has decided to take a big step up into the expanding market for transport-size VIP completions. The company calls it the “Ultra VVIP Customization Program” and, according to Don Salisbury, director of corporate aviation services, customers can sign up today.
Townsend Leather (Booth No. 8351) recently announced an exclusive agreement to offer 3M Scotchgard Protector treatment for its range of aircraft interior leathers. The Protector treatment prevents soiling and staining, extending the life of the leather while keeping it soft and supple.
Rosen Aviation said it has received FAA approval for 25 cabin entertainment system components. Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) was obtained for products relating to display systems, the RosenView LX moving map, a single-disc DVD player, various connector kits, arm mounts and harnesses.
Gore Design Completions received its first Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) for completion early last month. The manufacturer approved the San Antonio firm as an outfitter last fall. Gore might also take delivery of a second widebody project in the middle of next year.