King Aerospace has launched what it calls the “Ultra VVIP Customization Program,” which will expand the Ardmore, Okla. shop’s capabilities well beyond its traditional midsize and large business jet refurbishment market. King was formed 14 years ago by Jerry King-Echevarria, who had previous experience with bizliner cabin refurbishment and completion work at Associated Air Center.
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.
Sherwin-Williams’ aerospace division has announced development of new color tools created to provide paint scheme designers with a more convenient and accurate means of choosing and presenting paints. The complete kit includes color cards, fan decks and a binder filled with tear-off color swatches.
NuBax, a seating technology specialist based in the UK, has signed a worldwide licensing agreement with U.S. interiors supplier Landmark Aviation to market its new AeroBax aircraft seat. According to NuBax, the foam-based technology improves the passenger’s natural position, “significantly enhancing comfort by maintaining the natural curvature of the spine.” The technology is immediately available in
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer took advantage of the NBAA Convention to introduce a full-size, partial-cabin mockup of its Lineage 1000, the executive version of the company’s E190 airliner. The mockup was built by PATS Aircraft of Georgetown, Del.
The Airbus Corporate Jetliner Center in Toulouse, France, which opened for business in July, has taken in its first two aircraft for cabin outfitting, both from the ACJ line and both to be furnished with executive interiors for private owners.
Design of the full-size executive cabin mockup of the Grob SPn midsize “utility jet” shown in September at the NBAA Convention reflected lukewarm response to the Swiss manufacturer’s airplane in its cargo configuration. The six-passenger version is distinctively upscale, with 18-inch-wide seats from Italy’s Geven, an enclosed aft lavatory, a substantial wardrobe at the entrance and a forward galley.
When BaySys Technologies, a completion and refurbishment center, decided to expand last year, the site selected was far from its headquarters in the sleepy Eastern Shore town of Onancock, Va. The new site, BaySys West, a 70,000-sq-ft facility in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains of California, opened for business six months ago.
The business aviation industry is on a constant quest to create a more comfortable cabin environment for the traveler, but only in the past several years have aircraft manufacturers tackled the nagging issue of cabin altitude and its physiological effects, and with some success.
As part of a major consolidation project that it says will save $25 million a year, Bombardier has embarked on an 18-month project to consolidate all Learjet production, completions and deliveries in Wichita, and all such Challenger work in Montreal.
Start-up completion and refurbishment center Air Corporate Services will officially open its doors for business next spring and is already soliciting work. According to business manager Tina Dotson, the company has begun construction of a 114,000-sq-ft facility at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (Lovell Field).