LiChing Liu Tsai is Taiwanese by birth and an industrial designer by profession. It was three years ago that she was hired by Kalogridis International to turn owner and president George Kalogridis’ dream into reality.
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.
Today’s world, including the business jet, is all about being connected. The executives now moving into the cabins of these aircraft are more aware than any previous generation of the need to stay in touch with events below.
These are customers for whom being isolated for just a few hours can cost a deal. Every day, in every way, they are connected–to the office, the broker, the stock market, the clients, and to the wife and kids.
It’s one of those problems providers might like to see but that can be exasperating for their customers–more demand than capacity. The completion and refurbishment industry in the U.S. is struggling to keep up with demand as sales of new and used business aircraft continue to grow, and now Canadian shops are facing the same challenge.
Dassault Falcon Jet’s Little Rock, Ark., completion center on December 12 accepted the first Falcon 7X (S/N 05) for completion. The world’s first purpose-built fly-by-wire business jet is slated for delivery to its European-based customer in the second quarter.
Stevens Aviation has begun work on the first Sino Swearingen SJ30 interior. The Greenville, S.C.-based shop has signed a letter of intent with Sino Swearingen and anticipates being able to do as many as 12 SJ30 cabins a year, “depending on how fast they can roll them out of the factory,” said Stevens president and COO Glenn Brown.
Canadian interiors specialist Flying Colours has received a contract to convert a Canadair CRJ200 to an executive/VIP configuration. It is in essence a green completion, with the old airline interior gutted and replaced with an executive layout, including new thermal/acoustic and interior shell packages, a galley, an entertainment system from Audio International and LED lighting from Emteq.
Brazilian OEM Embraer introduced its Lineage 1000 in May last year and a spokesman says the company has already taken orders for “more than five” of the twinjet bizliners, the first of which is scheduled for customer delivery in the middle of next year.
Thales Aerospace boss François Quentin sees in-flight entertainment (IFE) equipment as the fastest growing of the division’s businesses. It will improve the civil/military balance and the proportion of U.S. revenues, he said. Quentin is also keen on explaining how Thales’ so-called multi-domestic strategy is paying off.
Sweden’s Ericsson yesterday launched an airborne GSM base station intended to enable passengers to use their cellphones on board aircraft. Commercial availability is scheduled for the end of this year and the vendor is in “very detailed discussions” with some existing operators, said Christian Jansson, senior specialist for high-capacity networks.
The Boeing 777-200LR making its airshow debut here this week is to be fitted with AeroMobile mobile cellular technology later this year. The 777-200LR here is the second prototype and is being used primarily for interior certification. AeroMobile, the result of a partnership formed by Arinc and Telenor, is designed to leverage Inmarsat’s “classic” Aero-H, -H+ and -I satellite communications services currently available.