Global events are apparently conspiring to create some increase in the cost of business aircraft interiors. Ed Harris, director of sales and marketing for Fiber Art of San Antonio, said his company has recently sent letters to its customers advising them that prices this year are going up by about 15 percent.
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As part of an alliance with interiors specialist Yingling Aviation of Wichita, Cessna began offering the Oasis executive cabin interior for its Cessna 208 Caravan in October. The program has already produced 10 Oasis-cabin Caravans, and in May the company delivered the first of two aircraft to be registered in the UK.
In May, Audio International, a DeCrane Aircraft company, and Avtec reached an agreement that allows Audio International to distribute Avtec’s cabin-lighting products in conjunction with Audio International’s in-flight entertainment and cabin-management systems. “This long-term affiliation strengthens the market reach for both companies,” said Avtec marketing manager Nate Breindel.
Gerber Technology has begun expanding its business aviation activity with the sale two new Taurus XM cutting systems to interior components specialist B/E Aerospace. The machine is designed to reduce waste when cutting leather, fabrics, foams and vinyls.
L-3 Communications Integrated Systems has won the contract for a head-of-state widebody executive/VIP interior. A spokesman declined to reveal the name of the customer or the aircraft type, but said work has already begun on some of the interior components. The airplane is scheduled to arrive at the company’s Texas State Technical College Airport facilities in Waco early next year.
With Florida’s tropical Everglades as the theme, Jet Aviation designers and interior artisans recently delivered a refurbished Falcon 20 to a Florida-based private owner. The tropical motif includes a custom-woven carpet of pale green with darker green tropical foliage, a sea turtle and alligator. The cabin sidewall coverings are of a wicker rattan design.
Two-place, side-facing divans for Jetstream operators are now available from seating specialist Aviation Fabricators. The Clinton, Mo.-based company received both supplemental type certification and parts manufacturing approval from the FAA in March. The package, available in a right- or left-side version, includes sidewall-mounted harness kits, seatbelt track-mounted hold-down fittings and seatbelts.
Following a fierce bidding process, Jet Aviation’s Basel, Switzerland completion and refurbishment center has won a contract from Dubai Air Wing to outfit two Boeing 747-400s. The airline interiors of both airplanes will be removed and the airframes overhauled before installation of the new executive/VIP cabins. A Jet Aviation spokesman said the contract represents the biggest cabin outfitting order ever received by the center.
Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., is working on a redesign of its current offering of interior packages. The Duncan Design Collection, as it is known, will be officially launched this October at the NBAA Convention. The initial Falcon 50 interior from the collection is scheduled for completion this month.
Working on reducing high-frequency cabin noise produced by air passing over the fuselage skin, UK-based Ultra Electronics and QinetiQ found what a spokesman described as “a fantastic solution to the wrong problem.” After flight tests of new-generation hybrid active/passive cabin shell mounts, researchers concluded that the system works extremely well, reducing noise transmitted through the mounts by as much as 30 dBA.