Greenwich AeroGroup (Stand 5013) has announced that it is forming a dealer network for the sales, installation and certification of the LiveAero broadband airborne connectivity system for fixed-wing airplanes and rotorcraft. Based upon the Iridium OpenPort broadband technology, the system–developed by Florida-based LiveTV–works anywhere in the world and provides a WiFi-enabled bidirectional data speed of 134 kbps.
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.
With acquisition of an equity position in Aviation Technical Services (ATS), Greenpoint Technologies, a Kirkland, Wash.-based center specializing in executive outfitting of Boeing bizliners, has expanded its ability “to meet current and future completion needs.”
For the second consecutive year, Airbus has selected Lufthansa Technik as the “best VIP cabin outfitter” for the interior work done at its completion center in Hamburg, Germany, and at BizJet International, its U.S. subsidiary in Tulsa, Okla.
The award recognizes the best of the Airbus-approved outfitting centers in 2012. In accepting it, Dr. Hans Schmitz, Lufthansa Technik senior v-p of VIP and executive jet solutions, made a point of thanking all employees “within our VIP business for their permanent engagement and discipline.”
L-3 Platform Integration has earned a four-year extension of its FAA organization designation authorization (ODA) and passed a biennial audit of its ODA-related process. It has also won FAA approval for modification of the composite-fuselage Boeing 787.
The FAA-granted ODA allows a center to issue certificates of airworthiness and supplemental type certificates as designees on behalf of the agency.
Arizona Aircraft Interior Designs, a small refurbishment center owned and operated by the Wayne Bryant family for 38 years, is emerging from the recession and looking at “a good year in 2013.”
The Mesa, Ariz.-based center at Falcon Field recently delivered two Cessna Citation Xs, one with minor and another with major interior refurbishment. “In 2011 and 2012, growth was steady if slow, but in this year’s second quarter it began to snowball,” said Christa Pensworth, head of sales and interior design.
Airbus Corporate Jet Centre has strengthened its Asian market position with the signing of a contract to design and outfit an executive Airbus ACJ319.
With a luxurious interior described by the Toulouse, France-based center as a subtle combination of Asian culture, innovative technology and modern design, the creation by ACJC Design Studio head Sylvain Mariat will give the customer “a very special home and office in the sky,” said ACJC CEO Benoit Defforge.
The first Airbus ACJ321 interior is being completed at Comlux America in Indianapolis, with delivery to sister company and charter operator Fly Comlux in Zurich expected next year.
The airplane is the newest private jet from the Airbus ACJ series, and when Fly Comlux takes delivery, its fleet will include at least one each of the entire ACJ single-aisle bizliners: the ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320 and ACJ321. The ACJ321 will be the largest of that ACJ series in the Fly Comlux fleet.
Netherlands-based Aviation Glass & Technology has reached an agreement with Airbus Corporate Jet Centre to supply a range of glass and mirrored glass products.
According to Aviation Glass CEO Frans van Hapert, “The crystal-clear UV-resistant glass is 20- to 25-percent lighter than its polycarbonate alternative [and] the superior damage- and scratch-resistance of the glass in all aircraft applications meets growing industry demands to reduce life-cycle costs.”
Business jet interior components supplier Yankee Pacific Aerospace is doing “really well this year,” according to managing director Ken Goldsmith.
“We’ve seen an uptick, largely driven by the advent of the executive 747-8 and we see the future further driven by executive variants of the 787, [and] still to come are the business and private versions of the Boeing 737 Max and the follow-on 777X,” said Goldsmith. He also noted that the re-engined Airbus A320Neo is still to come, as is the A350 XWB from Airbus.
Yasava Solutions, in a joint venture with MCM Design Studio, has taken jet cabin design in a new direction it says is based on “intelligent ergonomics and socio-cultural design.”
In May, the cabin design and engineering firm introduced its dramatic Astral Design Series interior proposals for large-cabin business jets. According to CEO Christopher Mbanefo, the firm has been in talks with major OEMs, and the Astral series was created with the Falcon 7X, Global 6000 and G650 cabins in mind.