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.
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.
VIP cabin equipment supplier Custom Control Concepts (CCC, Booth 385) announced that it has appointed Jet Aviation Basel as its exclusive authorized service center for Europe. Under the terms of the agreement, Jet Aviation will perform component-level repairs on CCC equipment and provide necessary return-to-service approvals. CCC has agreed to provide training, equipment and parts.
European business aviation flight activity may still be down, but overall prospects for one of the industry’s largest service groups are on the rise, according to Jet Aviation president Dan Clare. In an interview ahead of this week’s EBACE show Clare said the Switzerland-based company’s management and charter business is picking up well, with balanced growth between the markets in the U.S. and across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. At the same time, he hailed a recovery in Jet Aviation’s aircraft completions business.
Of all the new products it is has on display at EBACE this year, New Berlin, Wisconsin-based Emteq (Booth 1557) expects the most buzz to be around its eConnect advancements. Since eConnect was introduced in the fourth quarter of 2011, Emteq has continued to update the cabin electronics control system, ensuring it not only will serve as a current top-line CMS/IFE system but can also adapt to future needs.
EBACE attendees can finally get a glimpse of the Gulfstream G650’s cabin interior–the “widest and longest of any dedicated business jet,” according to the manufacturer–in an actual airplane.
Last year, the ultra-long-range twinjet made its EBACE debut sans interior, meaning show-goers could view it only from the outside, although a cabin mockup was at the company’s booth. This time around Gulfstream (Booth 7061) has brought a G650 with a full production interior to Geneva, and it is available for viewing during EBACE in the static park.
Honeywell (Booth 487) is at EBACE 2013 exhibiting a fully functioning mock-up of its Ovation Select cabin management system (CMS) and the company is also highlighting a number of avionics upgrades.
Martin Lener, CEO of Tyrolean Jet Services, has watched the company evolve since nearly its beginning, joining the group in 1980, just one year after its founding as the business jet flight department for Austria’s Swarovski, which produces cut crystal glass for decorative, optical and industrial applications. Here at EBACE, Innsbruck, Austria-based Tyrolean (Booth 449) is showing an ACJ318ER equipped to carry 19 passengers.
TrueNorth Avionics (Booth 1861), an Ottawa, Canada-based company specializing in airborne connectivity, has announced that its Simphone OpenCabin app-based connectivity solution has received an EASA supplementary type certificate (STC) covering all Gulfstream models, from the GIII through GV, G350, G450 and G550.
Asked if business at MRO and completion and refurbishment company Amac Aerospace is good, the response from COO Bernd Schramm was simple: “We can’t complain.” It was also a classic understatement, describing business at a company that saw a 2012 net sales increase of about 30 percent over 2011.
The Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC), the European consortium’s bizliner completion center in Toulouse, France, is here at EBACE (Booth 7040) presenting a new cabin concept. Engineers at the facility have also found ways to cut weight from its cabin interiors.