Dassault Aviation’s introduction of the Falcon 5X, the French OEM’s biggest business jet to date, was a major event at the NBAA Convention in October, but it was the unveiling of a cabin skylight as standard that caught the eye of those entering the mockup on display at the company exhibit.
Since the invention of the glass window, the way to prevent glare and heat from the sun was to pull down the shade. With its SPD-Smart window technology, Research Frontiers expects to consign the window shade to the dustbin of history. The U.S. company has licensed Vision Systems (Stand 2639) to produce the windows, and the technology is a highlight of this year’s Dubai Air Show.
Until recently, electrically dimmable aircraft windows were dependent on electrical current supplied through the aircraft grid. With new technology from French energy specialist Sunpartner and its recently acquired French partner Vision Systems (Booth No. C9925), that is about to change.
According to Ludovic Deblois, CEO and founder of Sunpartner Group, the company’s new Wysips Glass can transform any glass surface into a photovoltaic energy-generating solar panel producing enough energy to power the dimmable window itself without the need of an external power source.
Lou Martin & Associates (Stand 571) makes more than the iconic window shades that have long been associated with the San Antonio, Texas-based company. Here at the MEBA show, the company is introducing new composite flat panels, made by sister company Technical Composites. The panels are available in a variety of core and skin material types.
Vision Systems (Stand 200) is here at MEBA with two new cabin products: a tablet support arm called Smart Up, and VisiConnect, a system providing in-flight Internet connectivity. Both are available for all types of business jets.
Smart Up is a motorized-deployment arm that is integrated in the passenger’s armrest. The 3.3-pound device can accommodate any type of tablet in portrait or landscape position, and its orientation can be changed easily. Lyon, France-based Vision Systems said Embraer has already adopted it for its Phenom 300 light business jet.
Aerospace Technologies Group (ATG) is taking the art of aircraft window shades to a new level. The Boca Raton, Fla.-based company (Booth No. 995) is promoting its line of window shade systems for business aircraft. The line includes the electromechanical Powertech and Powertech 2 dual-pleated shade-and-rail systems and the latest product known as Panacea, which adds fourth-generation electrochromic technology.
Lou Martin & Associates of San Antonio, Texas, is offering three new window shade styles for business aircraft. One of these is a bulkhead shade system that can close off a cabin compartment to allow greater privacy, or open to permit a feeling of roominess. The shade can be customized to include artwork or a company logo and comes in a variety of sizes.
Vision Systems of Brignais, France, has introduced Noctis, what the aircraft cabin interior specialist describes as innovative shading that allows passengers to “instantly and uniformly control at any level, light and heat intensity entering the cabin.”
At the Aircraft Interiors Expo, Lou Martin & Associates introduced three new window shade styles. A dual mechanical shade features both blackout fabric and a sheer fabric, allowing the passenger to see out but block UV rays and heat, yet block light when complete darkness is desired. The E-3 shade incorporates an electrically dimmable window shade, integrated with the pleated blind for complete darkness.
InspecTech Aero Service has enhanced its iShade dimmable windows. According to the company, the windows now have a neutral gray color tint appearance, greater light transmission in the clear state and more light blockage in the dark state. Light blockage is now 99.96 percent when opaque and in the clear state the window admits light equivalent to a traditional window environment.
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