Bringing new meaning to the old line–“If you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it”–the TAG Group of Switzerland and Gianni Versace of Italy just three months ago at the Milan Furniture Fair announced their new partnership to create exclusive custom interiors for large-cabin business jets. Yesterday here in Farnborough the two companies revealed their first concepts for “Versace jets.”
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.
The Eldec division of Crane Aerospace & Electronics (Hall 4 Stand G20) is showing an example of what it reckons is the ideal means of reconciling a growing demand for more powerful on-board electrical equipment with new restrictions on the effect individual loads can have on the aircraft power supply.
The ubiquitous iPod, hardly less in evidence these days than a cellphone, has found its way into the business jet cabin entertainment system. Lufthansa Technik is offering it as part of its Nice digital cabin management and in-flight entertainment system. The iPod has a special docking station in the aircraft that streams the audio output into the Nice system.
In the midst of continuing economic growth, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its numbers for the first half of this year and revealed deliveries of 544 turbine business airplanes, 123 more than for the same period last year.
As long as manufacturers keep selling business jets, buyers will continue filling the cabins with the posh, the luxurious and, occasionally, the downright outlandish. The consensus among those with a front-row view of the completion and refurbishment industry these days is that the money is coming in faster than they can help everyone spend it. But is all this activity trickling down to the independent completion and refurbishment centers?
McKinney Aerospace, a maintenance, refurb and avionics shop at Collin County Regional Airport north of Dallas, closed its doors late last month. Purchased by Aeros Aviation in March last year, McKinney Aerospace was intended to be a "design and certification center" for Aeros Aviation projects. Aeros Aviation develops "unique aviation solutions," according to the company, that focus on cabin entertainment, airport security and communications.
Servizi Elicotteristici Italiani, better known as SEI (exhibiting here at parent company Mercaer’s booth, No. 1047), has long been the shop of choice for helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland when it comes to completing executive/VIP interiors. Now SEI is expanding its capabilities to include very light jets and searching for a U.S. site to handle VIP helicopter cabin work.
Sandpoint, Idaho-based Quest Aircraft has chosen Millennium Concepts to design, fabricate and certify interior packages for its Kodiak 10-seat, single-engine turboprop.
International Water-Guard, a specialist in aircraft water treatment and water systems, has signed an agreement with UK-based Reheat International of Alton, Hampshire, for distribution and maintenance of its water-treatment products for European business aviation. “Business aviation is on a growth curve and we wanted to ensure maximum penetration of one of its largest regions,” said David Fox, president and CEO of International Water-Guard.
Raytheon Aircraft broke ground on October 3 to expand its aircraft completions facilities in Little Rock, Ark., with a $16.3 million facility.