Heads Up Technologies, now seeing the rewards of massive new product development over the past several years, is highlighting the first full, end-to-end fiber-optic business jet cabin at this year’s convention (Booth No. N1421).
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.
If you want to see the inside of a really big business jet–one that’s the size of an airliner–at the NBAA 2013 static display at Henderson Executive Airport, you may encounter a silk rope draped across the handrails at the bottom of the passenger stairs.
UTC Aerospace Systems is introducing a new executive aircraft seat that it believes will set a new standard in cabin ergonomics. It features wireless technology to allow passengers to control the seat itself as well as cabin management features including climate, connectivity, lighting and entertainment systems. Travelers in the Model 1 seat will effectively be able to create a microclimate in which the temperature is adjusted to their personal preference without causing discomfort to fellow passengers.
Toulouse, France-based Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) completed and delivered its 24th ACJ cabin. The aircraft was delivered to an undisclosed customer in the Middle East. According to the company, it developed and integrated more than 15 new technologies into this ACJ319 completion to meet the customer’s requirements for layout design, comfort and systems. The configuration–new for an Airbus ACJ–is based on two main zones, offering a “high level of comfort and services” for 19 passengers.
Prominently on display at the Aerial View Systems exhibit at next month’s NBAA Convention will be the new AVS820-HD tail camera, which will also be featured on Gulfstream’s new G280 demonstrator.
The camera was fabricated using a Catia/five-axis CNC and is already being delivered for the Boeing Business Jet and private 747. The company has also done drawings for a Falcon 900.
One of the more unusual aspects of Aerial View’s AVS820-HD product is that it is delivered with a custom conforming enclosure, including heated sapphire window.
If romance is high on the list of interior design, Townsend Leather has a perfect idea: a new lace weave pattern. “In fashion, lace gives a romantic feel to any outfit, so why not do the same for your [aircraft] interior?” asks the company.
It’s not a true weave, but an embossing pattern that allows availability of full hides. For most part the tones are dark neutrals; new patterns use some different colors.
Greenpoint Technologies in Kirkland, Wash., is best known for its green interior outfitting of executive and government variants of Boeing airliners. More recently, in August, the company announced it has contracted for a build-to-print and testing program that includes manufacturing interior bar units, coat closets and video control cabinets for eight new Boeing 777-200 airliners.
New Zealand-based Altitude Completion Centre has taken delivery of 16 executive seats from Italian interior components supplier Iacobucci for installation in a new Boeing Business Jet.
The kit includes seats for crew rest, guest lounge, a VIP lounge and a VIP stateroom. Dimensions between armrests range from 21 inches to 23 inches, depending on the location aboard the aircraft.
Jeff Bonner Research & Development, a San Antonio-based aircraft cabin component developer and subassembly fabricator, has read the tea leaves for the Asian market and responded with a high-tech version of the ancient game of mahjong for installation in private jets.
Aircraft cabin connectivity just keeps getting better and better, and now Aircell has expanded its Gogo Biz Internet connection to include voice capability.
Because Gogo Biz operates on Aircell’s air-to-ground technology, which taps into the ground cellphone network, the company claims “voice calls are among the clearest in aviation, on par with mobile phone calls on the ground.”