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.
Research Frontiers and licensee Vision Systems announced at the Aircraft Interiors World Expo in Hamburg, Germany, that Vision Systems is investing $750,000 to expand its existing factory in France and will add a production facility dedicated to the manufacture of its SPD-Smart Nuance and Noctis electronically dimmable windows and cabin dividers.
It also plans to establish a similar factory in the U.S. next year for production of SPD-Smart products, including SPD-Smart Nuance and Noctis.
ITT has been quietly developing technology to reduce aircraft cabin noise levels, primarily through the use of cabin interior isolators.
The White Plains, N.Y.-based company promoted its latest products at the recent Business Jet Interiors World Expo in Cannes, France, claiming that in some cases the ITT elastomeric devices that attach the cabin interior to the airframe have reduced noise by up to 6 dBA. These same isolators are standard in the Boeing 787.
It can be hard to imagine all the possibilities for fitting out business jet cabins. This has prompted cabin interior and maintenance specialist Lufthansa Technik to develop the technology to give engineers and technicians a three-dimensional glimpse of what’s possible.