It’s not exactly the “Holy Grail,” but for business aviation operators and those whose job it is to install aircraft interiors, it’s close. What they’ve been so diligently seeking is a system that integrates all the various cabin electronics–lighting, audio-video equipment and communication systems–into a single, user- friendly, reliable and easily maintained unit.
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.
PATS Aircraft, the Georgetown, Del.-based specialist in large executive/ VIP interior completions, recently outfitted a green BBJ2 for an Eastern European head of state in what it claims is a record 207 days, or about seven months. The interior, said v-p of quality and procurement Dominick Scott, came in 123 pounds under the target weight of 18,200 pounds.
When Bombardier this month vacates its recently closed Learjet and Challenger maintenance facility at Indianapolis International Airport, Keeker Aircraft Interiors plans to reopen the facility under the name Indianapolis Jet Center. “We will offer the same services, in the same hangar, with the same technicians, to the same customers,” said Keeker Aircraft Interiors president Randy Keeker.
Proposed Embraer Business Jets To Feature Stand-Up Cabins
At the NBAA Convention last month, Brazilian manufacturer Embraer introduced concept studies for two new clean-sheet business jets in the form of a midsize (MSJ) aircraft and a “mid-light” (MLJ) model (see story on page 1). A full-size cabin mockup
Hawker Beechcraft has awarded Emteq of New Berlin, Wis., an initial contract to install its FAA-certified Elements seat heaters as an option aboard Hawker Beechcraft King Airs. The seat-heater design features lumbar and seat heat that can be individually controlled by the passenger. A flexible seat coil allows the internal heating system to
adjust as the seat is adjusted.
Stevens Aviation (Booth No. 2901) has developed a new pullout table design for Bombardier Learjet cabins. Initially available for the Learjet 35SE as part of Stevens’ new Lear4Ever program, it replaces production and aftermarket card tables.
Gore Design Completions (Booth No. 4050) has announced delivery of a Boeing Business Jet. The interior refurbishment was a major project that included replacement of virtually all the previous materials. Gore Design also performed A and B1/B2 maintenance checks, incorporated 25 Boeing service bulletins and cleared an airworthiness directive.
Flight Display Systems (Booth No. 3047) engaged in a round of “myth-busting” here Tuesday. According to president David Gray, there are four myths endemic to the cabin electronics industry–that there is no quality high-definition system available, that cabin monitors cost about $1,000 an inch, that passengers couldn’t care less about flight deck information and that switching has to cost $1,000 per button.
Embraer’s Lineage 1000 “ultra-large” business jet is on display at NBAA (Booth No. 3737) in the form of a cabin mockup built by PATS Aircraft (Booth No. 2857). The Lineage 1000 is the executive/VIP version of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s E-195 airliner. PATS, a division of DeCrane Aerospace, has been selected to do the aircraft interiors, and the first Lineage is scheduled to arrive next month at its Georgetown, Del.
The Airbus Corporate Jet Centre in Toulouse, France, has received its first two aircraft for cabin outfitting and expects to have invested $7 million by the time improvements are complete early next year.
The first two airplanes are from the Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) family and will be equipped with executive/VIP cabins for private owners.