It was a hectic and somber time for delegates to the 22nd World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) Annual Conference and Exhibition, which was held in mid-September in Brisbane, Australia. Some 840 delegates registered for the event, where 170 companies promoted their capabilities and displayed equipment. Airlines sent 164 delegates and vendor companies 676 delegates.
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.
Dassault’s new Falcon 7X will be the largest business jet produced by the French company, but interior completion cycle time at the manufacturer’s Little Rock, Ark. facility is expected to be as little as three months. It is part of a program initiated about 18 months ago that has already reduced the average interior completion time for all Falcons to four months.
Honeywell introduced an enhanced digital audio equalizer for the business jet cabin. As part of Honeywell’s Ovation integrated cabin system, the equalizer balances music and movie audio to provide better sound in high ambient noise environments. The equalizer offers 10 factory-programmable presets, including jazz, rock, movie and concert.
Lantal Textiles of Langenthal, Switzerland, and Recaro Aircraft Seating of Schwaebisch Hall, Germany, have combined their respective expertise to create what Lantal describes as “an adaptable pneumatic seat cushion, passively or actively enhancing passenger comfort.” The new technology is based on the integration of the different properties of foam, support tissue and massage cushion in “one single intelligent material.” The result is a lighte
A “fully interactive” moving map from DeCrane’s Audio International was also introduced at last month’s Aircraft Electronics Association Convention in Las Vegas. Coupled with Audio International’s Atlas onboard server, the moving map offers topographic maps and up to 11 levels of zoom capability and a variety of aircraft image shapes, sizes and configurations.
Audio International, a division of DeCrane Aircraft, announced the incorporation of an 802.11b wireless cabin access port into its full line of cabin-management and in-flight entertainment products. The access point, which provides wireless local-area network (LAN) connectivity for use on board the airplane, is Arinc 763-network-server-system compliant.
In recent years, much has been made of the potential danger presented by the recirculation of aircraft cabin air that may be bearing viruses and bacteria.
UK-based Microgenix now says it has an answer that is close to 100-percent effective against harmful viruses and bacteria, has no moving parts and is light in weight and low in cost.
Rockwell Collins has received FAA supplemental type certification and parts manufacturing authority (PMA) for its Airshow 4000 moving-map and flight-information system. The certification was completed on a Gulfstream 400. Airshow 4000 is capable of supporting various multimedia applications, video, audio, text and graphics, which are displayed in the aircraft cabin and flight deck.
Next month Securaplane Technologies will introduce CAMS, or cabin alert and monitoring system. CAMS consists of lightweight, low-power cameras and infrared light sources. The crew alert would be activated by a passenger or flight attendant and immediately illuminate an amber warning light on the flight deck, alerting the cockpit crew that something is amiss in the cabin.
B/E Aerospace, which is scheduled to move into its new Miami facilities early next year, recently acquired Denton Jet Interiors, a major supplier of custom upholstery for business jets. The addition of Dallas-based Denton Jet further expands B/E’s presence in the business aircraft seating market with a mid-continent location.