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.

March 16, 2007 - 10:39am

A new self-contained lavatory water system developed by Fullerton, Calif.-based Adams Rite Aerospace has received FAA, JAA and Transport Canada approval for installation in the Bombardier Challenger 300. A similar system, now in development, is an optional item for the Challenger 300 galley. The new design, according to Adams Rite, eliminates the need for heavier, traditional bleed-air/compressor-powered designs.

March 15, 2007 - 12:47pm

Rotor Blades (RBI) of Broussard, La. (Booth No. 400), a subsidiary of Edwards and Associates of Bristol, Tenn., has arrived at Heli-Expo with an announcement of its expansion into Europe.

March 15, 2007 - 11:38am

Air Methods will be working with Mayo Clinic Medical Transport of Rochester, Minn., to provide interior completion services for the clinic’s new Eurocopter EC 145.

March 15, 2007 - 7:03am

Jet Source, a Part 145 avionics installation and airframe maintenance facility at McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) in Carlsbad, Calif., has completed installing law enforcement equipment in the second of four San Diego Police Eurocopter AS 350B-3s, according to the company. The package is night-vision goggle capable and includes a Max-Viz infrared enhanced-vision system, Avalex moving map and a custom-designed radio command suite.

March 12, 2007 - 8:48am

Cessna Aircraft opened its new $61 million Citation Service Center multi-use facility in Wichita in December and the interior refurbishment shop is hard at work. Since the start of the year, Cessna has done 10 cabin refurbishment jobs. A spokeswoman at Cessna said the ability to do interior refurbishment while an aircraft is in the same facility for maintenance substantially reduces downtime.

March 12, 2007 - 8:47am

Bizjet International in Tulsa has become the first non-OEM in the U.S. to install an International Communications Group (ICG) satellite fax system. According to manager

March 12, 2007 - 8:46am

Canadian manufacturer Bombardier delivered the first Challenger 300 from its Montreal center in January. Before a restructuring last year, the company had expected to do Challenger 300 interiors at its Tucson, Ariz. facility, but shifted the responsibility to its new integrated manufacturing center in Montreal. The center combines final assembly activities with interior completion and paint for all of its Challenger business jet line.

March 12, 2007 - 8:45am

Midcoast Aviation has a long history of doing interior completion work on Challenger 604s for Bombardier and recently began work on the first of four Global 5000s. The schedule calls for deliveries of finished Global 5000s through June next year–one of them a special mission aircraft for the FAA, two in executive livery for General Electric and the fourth in executive configuration for an unidentified customer.

March 12, 2007 - 8:43am

Denton, Texas, completion center Jet Works Air Center recently opened a new, 12,000-sq-ft paint shop converted from an existing hangar. It’s the company’s first venture into aircraft exterior paint and the shop will hold aircraft as large as the Gulfstream IV.

March 12, 2007 - 8:42am

Even during the worst days of the recent recession, the demand for aircraft exterior paint remained relatively strong. Some completion and refurbishment shops even expanded their paint capability during this period. Elliott Aviation was one such shop.

 
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