Seeking to build on synergies in the nautical and aeronautical fields, four Dutch companies specializing in interiors for business jets and superyachts are partnering to offer one-stop shopping for aircraft interior design and refurbishments. In early January MRO provider JetSupport, cabineteer Struik & Hamerslag Aviation, interior architects Wetzels Brown Partners and upholsterer Zijlstra International Decoration signed a letter of intent to formalize their collaborative relationship.
Networking is one of the prime reasons for attending Heli-Expo, according to its attendees, and few know networking the way the members of the International Aviation Women’s Association do. Come find out more about IAWA, hear from Sergei Sikorsky and meet current IAWA board members from 4 to 5 p.m. today at the Sikorsky booth (No. 2822).
The joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems and Sikorsky has delivered its first fully indigenous S-92 cabin. The Indian operation is now not only assembling cabins but also producing more than 5,000 associated precision components. At the Hyderabad factory, the capacity has reached four S-92 cabins per month and the 50th was produced in October.
Canadian interiors completion provider Innotech Aviation of Montreal and Design Q of London have developed a new concept in cabin lighting: applying Swarovski crystals to variable-color LED cabin lighting panels to create “a unique, industry-first lighting environment.”
The first applications, according to Innotech director of avionics engineering Gesse Sciacca, are being incorporated in a Global, with delivery anticipated before year-end.
Custom Aircraft Cabinets, manufacturer of cabinetry and upholstered components for high-end aircraft interiors, recently doubled its fabrication capacities to 146,000 sq ft.
The Sherwood, Ark. company is equipped to provide precision routing, edge-fill operations and insert production. It also recently added a Thermwood multi-purpose three-axis M43-510 CNC router to its existing Thermwood three-axis M45-510 CNC router. “The addition of the second router provides us much-improved downstream capacity and it immediately gives us superior flexibility in both quality and flow time.”
U.S.-based AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings, a division of International Paints, has reported qualification of one of its base-coat products to the Aerospace Material Specification (AMS) standard, which governs the use of metals for aircraft manufacture and MRO.
Signature Flight Support renewed a multi-year contract with Clear Channel Airports to provide multimedia advertising in the FBO chain’s 62 facilities in the U.S. Business travelers using these FBOs account for a significant percentage of organizational decision-makers, ranging from mid-level career professionals to senior executives, Clear Channel noted. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Clear Channel Airports as it continually innovates its medium to better engage, inform and educate our travelers,” said Signature president and CEO Maria Sastre.
Battelle has developed a robotic system to repair aircraft windows combining the company’s existing automated maintenance robot and a manual method of transparency restoration.
As a result of weathering and microfracturing, acrylic aircraft windows tend to craze within three to seven years, turning a clear surface into a milky, opaque one that can severely limit vision. The existing process of restoring windows to their original clarity requires technicians to hand buff out the scratches and crazing, a process that takes a significant amount of training, skill and time.
Lufthansa Technik is introducing its environmentally friendly clear varnish to the business jet completion market. Like all the other materials used in aircraft construction, the high-gloss polished wooden surfaces that are typically installed in aircraft cabins have to meet safety standards set by the aviation authorities. For optical purposes and to comply with fire protection regulations, these surfaces have to be treated with effective flame retardants and clear varnishes containing a high proportion of organic solvents.
Jet Aviation Moscow has signed an agreement with Kazan-based Tulpar Interior Group to offer scheduled full interior refurbishment capabilities out of Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility at Moscow Vnukovo Airport. New services include: carpet replacement; minor repair or replacement of interior components; rejuvenation and protective coating of leather surfaces; fabrication of new seat upholstery; repair or replacement of coating or headlining on windows and other panels; and rectification of any decorative varnish defects on veneer and hardwood surfaces.
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