As anyone who has flown aboard a private jet can attest, whiling away the time en route with a good book, sampling the catering or just engaging in some quiet conversation with cabin mates can make for an entirely enjoyable experience aloft.
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.
Three years ago satellite direct television was “gee whiz” equipment. Today it is almost standard on anything larger than a Falcon 50. Honeywell, with its AIS-2000 multi-region system, provides in-flight coverage in Europe, the Middle East and North America. But best of all, the modular cabinet design now allows the user to download software modules to shift from one coverage area to another in flight.
In-flight entertainment specialist Flight Display Systems (FDS) is preparing to take the wraps off a monster, 55-inch LCD monitor for the cabin in a formal announcement expected before year-end.
Raytheon Aircraft Services has introduced the Max Entertainment System upgrade for in-production Raytheon turbine airplanes, as well as legacy Hawkers. System options include satellite radio, DVD, flat-panel color monitors, wireless headsets, wireless remote control, moving-map displays and special speaker packages. Raytheon says a full-up system can be installed as a field-approved modification in “as little as nine days.”
One of the recurrent themes at the Toulouse workshop was the inability of ATC services to provide operators opportunities to use the navigation performance of modern aircraft. Boeing’s John Ackland and Thomas Fixy of the EADS/Airbus/Thales Air Traffic Alliance took the stage to spell out a joint position on RNP.
Rockwell Collins last month announced that its Tailwind 550 satellite television system has gainedan STC for installation in the Boeing Business Jet.Completed by Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland,the certification allows Collins to deliver “globaltelevision solutions for current and potential BBJ customers,” said Tim Rayl, senior director, Airshow Systems for Rockwell Collins.
The latest cockpit audio panel from PS Engineering, the PMA8000-SR, does everything a conventional panel can, with one extra feature sure to get the attention of audiophiles.
Coming just one month after it announced receipt of the supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of its Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) high-speed data system in the G500 and G550, Gulfstream Aerospace announced at EBACE it had received approval for installation of the high-speed data system in the G450 and G350, its fourth such STC. The first installation of the system on a customer G450 will be completed next month.
Dassault launched FalconCare at EBACE, the French OEM’s new “pay as you go” fixed-cost maintenance program. The six-year renewable program covers scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for both parts and labor costs.
Taking a page from Henry Ford–who once said that “people can have the Model T in any color, so long as it’s black”–Eclipse 500’s very light jet customers can order the interior in any color, so long as it’s one of four being offered.