Rockwell Collins has surpassed 250 deliveries of its Venue cabin management and entertainment system for business aircraft. Unveiled in 2007, Venue is an open-architecture design that “accommodates future technologies,” such as the company’s new Skybox solution that allows content to be shared and viewed on Apple devices inside the cabin. According to Collins, Venue can easily be scaled for business aircraft ranging from King Airs to bizliners.
Seven winners emerged from the Crystal Cabin Awards judging last month, and some of them stand to find a market in business aviation.
The winners were announced at a gala dinner in Hamburg, Germany, on the eve of the opening of the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo.
Candidates with winning entries included Boeing, Diehl Aircabin, Dornier Technologie Systems, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Meru, Thales and Zodiac Aerospace.
Aeria Luxury Interiors, a start-up division of ST Aerospace in San Antonio, is at work on a long-haul bizliner that arrived in November for heavy maintenance and an extensive cabin refurbishment.
The San Antonio facility also delivered its first project this past summer, a Boeing Business Jet requiring light maintenance and installation of a new in-flight entertainment package.
L-3 Platform Integration has received a second Boeing 747-8 for cabin outfitting at its Waco, Texas completion center. The company claims to be the first center to have two 747-8s in simultaneous completion, and with more than half a million square feet of hangar space it can accommodate multiple twin-aisle bizliner completion and refurbishment projects. Outfitting of the cabins on the two airplanes includes cabin management and in-flight entertainment systems, LED lighting throughout and a customized noise-dampening package.
Gore Design Completions has received its first supplemental type certificate (STC) for a Boeing BBJ3 completion. According to Joseph Barrett, Gore senior manager of programs, the completion took approximately 16 months and is for a Middle Eastern customer.
Greenpoint Technologies has signed a memorandum of understanding with Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering of Beijing (Ameco Beijing) for a cooperative venture in completion of commercial and executive aircraft cabins.
The agreement, still to be finalized, will support business jet completion and refurbishment “in greater China and the Asia-Pacific region.” It will include collaborative engineering, certification and installation of single- and twin-aisle executive aircraft modifications.
Goodrich (Stand 539) is offering a service called “Total Cabin Capability,” which includes service and support for its customers. The U.S. company’s newest products on display in cabin interiors include VIP seats, interior and exterior lighting, veneers, cabinetry, in-flight entertainment systems and cabin management systems.
Private aircraft makeover specialist Flying Colours is embarking on what may well be the company’s most ambitious project. Known for its Execliner renovations, which turn Bombardier’s CRJ family of regional airliners into well-appointed business jets (also known as Challenger 850s), the Canadian cabin completions specialist has begun work on what it describes as its first “fully loaded” CRJ200 conversion.
Evolution may a debatable process in theological terms, but Brazilian business jet manufacturer Embraer embraces it wholeheartedly as part of cabin technology and amenities, said Mariana Santos, Embraer Executive Jets head of product strategy for the Legacy 600/650 programs.
Flight Display Systems of Alpharetta, Ga., has introduced Select CMS Platinum, a “significant upgrade” of the previous Select CMS.
According to Flight Display president David Gray, the original Select CMS has already been installed as an aftermarket item in more than a dozen different aircraft types. Among them is an MD-81 recently outfitted and delivered by Pentastar Aviation of Waterford, Mich., a project that includes Flight Display’s Blu-ray player, seven-inch widescreen in-seat monitors, and two-button Oled controllers.