The Iridium satellite network is the medium for TextLink, a new portable satellite data communications package developed by Paradigm Services that will enable British soldiers on deployment to maintain contact with family and friends.
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.
In what is being billed as the biggest such deal in airline history, Air Canada has picked Thales as its supplier-of-choice for in-flight entertainment systems across its fleet of 241 airplanes. The Thales IFE system, called TopFlight i-4500, will be fitted in Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and Bombardier models flown by the airline.
The three new communications media that have become indispensable in recent years– cellular telephony, electronic mail and the worldwide Web–are now becoming a realistic option for the airlines.
Dubai-based Airbus subsidiary Total Airline Services Co. (TASC) recently completed a commercial audit of Middle East airlines and is currently working on cabin interior design and delivery for the entire Etihad Airways fleet.
Arinc Direct plans to deploy its Skylink broadband satellite service for business aircraft in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) by the end of this year.
The Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner which made a record flight between Hong Kong and London earlier this month was equipped with technology from AeroMobile, a joint venture between Arinc and Telenor, enabling passengers to use cell phones en route.
It’s one of those problems the industry likes to see–more demand than capacity. The completion and refurbishment industry in the U.S. is struggling to keep up with the demand as sales of new and used business aircraft continue to grow, and now Canadian shops are facing the same challenge.
For years, AccuFleet has been known for its flammability testing and certification of interior cabin components and cargo compartment materials, a “hot button” for the FAA. Now the Houston-based company has added thermal acoustic materials testing to its capabilities.
Carl F. Booth & Co had one of the most eye-catching displays at the DeCrane booth at this year’s NBAA Convention. The Wichita-based maker of wood veneers brought to the convention a six-foot-wide 3-D, wood-inlay mosaic of a business jet interior made of some two dozen exotic woods from all over the world.
At the NBAA Convention in October, international design giant Gianni Versace of Milan previewed a number of exclusive Versace Design signature pieces for business jet cabin interiors. Earlier this year, Versace announced a partnership with TAG Group, parent company of TAG Aviation, to create an exclusive interior design service for owners of private jets.