Is the new Pilatus PC-24 a light or midsize jet? That’s the question that has been baffling EBACE attendees ever since the twinjet was revealed on Tuesday. On one hand, the aircraft’s 17,650-pound mtow, nearly identical to that of the Embraer Phenom 300, places it firmly in the light-jet category, but its 501-cu-ft cabin volume suggests it is midsize, since it is well above the 325 cu ft in the Phenom.
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.
Denton, Texas-based Odyssey Aerospace Components (Booth 1027) has brought samples of its VVIP 747-8 interior cabinetry to EBACE 2013. “Back in Texas we are in the middle of many design reviews [on the 747-8] and the results are positive,” said Trey Bryson, president of Odyssey Aerospace Components. “Seeing the cabinets and sidewalls laid out room by room takes up a good portion of our finish floor.”
In 1890, Louis Glass and William Arnold invented the nickel-in-the-slot phonograph, or as those who grew up in the 1960s might remember it, the jukebox. Cabin electronics supplier Flight Display Systems (Booth 1925) has reintroduced that icon of music history by the same name–the Jet Jukebox–but with a lot of new bells and whistles, not to mention a monster server with 500 gigabytes of storage.
In a joint venture with MCM DesignStudio, Lausanne-based Yasava Solutions (Booth 971) is taking business jet cabin design in a new direction based on “intelligent ergonomics and socio-cultural design.” The cabin design and engineering firm is initially introducing its Astral Design Series interior proposals for large-cabin business jets. According to CEO Christopher Mbanefo, the company is currently in talks with major OEMs and focused on Dassault’s Falcon 7X, Bombardier’s Global 6000 and Gulfstream’s G650 as platforms.
Innovative Advantage (Booth 1655) has designated Associated Air Center of Dallas, Texas, as a preferred completion center for the installation and certification of its audio/video distribution systems (AVDS) on Boeing BBJ and Airbus ACJ platforms. The partnership follows the installation of Redmond, Washington-based Innovative Advantage’s AVDS as part of a high-definition (HD) upgrade for the refurbishment of a BBJ for a West African head of state at Associated Air Center (Booth 2047) earlier this year.
Satcom Direct (Booth 455) has signed an agreement with Honeywell to be a distributor for the Inmarsat GX Aviation Ka-band service, for which Honeywell itself is a value-added reseller. The Florida-based communications specialist will also be a distributor of GX avionics equipment. The service is scheduled to be commercially available early in 2015 and is designed to offer “consistent, high-capacity broadband coverage around the world.” For example, users should be able to stream Internet content live or hold uninterrupted video calls from 30,000 feet.
German business jet modernization and refurbishment specialist OHS Aviation Services (Booth 2043) has announced two deals in which it will partner with other companies to work on refurbishment programs. In the first deal OHS has agreed to join with DC Aviation to open a cabin interior shop at DC’s Stuttgart base. The company, which was formed in 2007 from DaimlerChrysler Aviation, provides a wide spectrum of services, including aircraft charter and management as well as repair and maintenance.
Eurocopter (Booth 7050) unveiled a mockup of the executive version of its EC175 medium twin helicopter at EBACE and is also offering an even more luxurious VIP version.
Dassault Falcon Services has selected the Rockwell Collins Skybox and Venue products for retrofit on a Falcon 2000EX.
Eurocopter revealed a mockup of the executive version of its EC175 medium-twin helicopter today at EBACE and is also offering an even more luxurious VIP version. Prices for the new variants are around €17 million ($22 million) and vary with options. The VIP version is some €500,000 ($650,000) more expensive than the executive option.