Looking to tap the growing Russian market for in-flight connectivity, Satcom Direct has announced plans to open an office in Moscow. The U.S. company is here at the JetExpo show this week demonstrating its latest capability, including the new Satcom Direct Router (SDR), its first certified hardware product.
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.
Increasing customer demand is the motivation for a new agreement under which Tulpar Interior Group of Kazan will provide scheduled interior refurbishments from Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility at Moscow Vnukovo Airport. Tulpar is said to be the only company in Russia that provides a full range of aircraft interior services for commercial and VIP aircraft.
Elliptical Mobile Solutions (EMS) has launched Zero Shock Seating (ZSS), a spinoff company that is expected to “dramatically improve comfort, safety and overall performance” for various modes of transport, including aviation.
ZSS is a startup company based in Chandler, Ariz., with exclusive rights to negotiate ownership of a patented, semi-active suspension system. The technology substantially eliminates shock experienced by passengers in all vehicles by automatically adapting to both the driver’s body weight and changing levels of shock and vibration.
Jet Aviation Basel has signed an agreement with an undisclosed client to complete a BBJ interior. The 737 derivative will be delivered green to the Basel completion center in Switzerland in next year’s first quarter.
Jet Aviation has been completing aircraft at its Basel facilities since 1977 and has created more than 200 cabin interiors. The Jet Aviation Basel Design Studio was established in 2001 and employs 12 designers. The studio is responsible for about 40 percent of the company’s single-aisle bizliner interior creations.
Greenpoint Technologies, an executive cabin completions specialist for Boeing Business Jets, has delivered its fourth Aeroloft kit.
The Aeroloft’s design and manufacturing process supports third-party installations. A Greenpoint team installed the first three Aerolofts to be delivered with assistance of Boeing its Wichita facility. This is the first Aeroloft to be installed by the customer at the customer’s own facility. Greenpoint supports the customer during the installation and certification phase.
Flying Colours has been granted a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for a new CRJ ExecLiner Corporate Shuttle created by the Canadian MRO, completion and refurbishment specialist.
Classic Interior Completions (CIC) of Willoughby, Ohio, anticipates the market is “getting ready to jump” and has been expanding to meet it.
The center is now settled into a new 18,000-sq-ft off-airport facility that provides twice the space of the former structure, and is expanding capabilities at its Naples, Fla. site. CIC is also looking for a suitable facility in the Phoenix/Mesa, Ariz. area. The center at Naples, Fla. is being expanded to mirror operations at Willoughby and the new Phoenix/Mesa site will operate at the same level.
Pats Aircraft Systems recently delivered a BBJ3, marking the 14th such turnkey interior completion performed by the Georgetown, Del.-based center. The aircraft was turned over to a Middle East customer who described the interior as “quite elegant and…a dynamic space in which to relax or work.” Cabin amenities include a customized in-flight entertainment system with simultaneous audio-visual on-demand (AVoD) available at 70 locations in the aircraft, and a system that allows inflight use of mobile phones.
Greenwich AeroGroup is in the process of forming a dealer network for installation and certification of LiveAero systems.
LiveAero is a development of LiveTV of Melbourne, Fla. According to the company, it is the only fixed-wing and rotorcraft data broadband solution that works everywhere in the world, including remote oceanic and polar regions, for passengers requiring smartphone, tablet or laptop connectivity.
Aviation Modification Leaders (AML) of Denton, Texas, completed the first installation of its high-speed AML 200 cabin router in a Piaggio Avanti.
The new carry-on/carry-off technology acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot and requires no STC. It allows up to 10 passengers in the aircraft simultaneous airborne access to Swiftbroadband Internet service worldwide (excluding polar regions) as well as a full complement of standard Wi-Fi connectivity capabilities with any personal electronic device, regardless of brand.