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Camber Aviation Management launches Camber Streamline Method

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Camber Aviation Management has introduced an enhanced service offering for the discerning private jet client.

Billed as a bridge connecting private jet clients to a robust aircraft selection and outfitting process focused on delivering exactly the aircraft the client envisions, Camber Streamline Method has been designed as a simple but highly effective and productive approach to private, corporate and head-of-state private jet ownership.

According to Camber, its Streamline Method is the only process of its kind that fully integrates objective, insightful guidance from your initial idea of a private jet to your first flight in it.

Camber’s methodology resides in its robust six-stage process:

  1. Understanding Your Vision
  2.  Introducing a Wealth of Choices
  3.  Identifying the Best Value Solution for You
  4.  Selecting the Exceptional
  5. Outfitting Your Bespoke-Aircraft
  6.  Crafting a Smooth Take-Off
Aireon's AS2 supersonic business jet slated for production in 2023

Rosen Aviation joins AS2 project

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Aireon's AS2 supersonic business jet slated for production in 2023

Rosen Aviation is to develop a new Cabin Management & Technology System (CMTS) for the world’s first supersonic business jet, the AS2, currently under development by Aerion.

The manufacture of 300 AS2 aircraft is planned to begin in 2023 and will be the first aircraft to be assembled at the company’s new global headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, US – Aerion Park.

Rosen Aviation will develop the CMTS system, software sophistication and cabin experience for the 8-10 passenger, private jet.

“Our drive at Aerion is to make AS2 an icon in aviation history – a leap into the future of speed and global connectivity, while also setting a new standard for luxury,” says Tim Fagan, Aerion’s Head of Industrial Design & Cabin Experience. “The AS2’s cabin will combine traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technologies and will emphasise the truly unique character of this supersonic aircraft. We look forward to collaborating with Rosen to create a truly immersive and intuitive cabin environmental that delivers previously unseen levels of passenger-technology interface.”

Cessna Citation interior

Textron Aviation targets cabin air quality

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Cessna Citation interior

Textron Aviation has launched its Aviation Clean Air (ACA) Cabin Ionisation system retrofit for select Beechcraft and Cessna customers.

This system is approved for installation at Textron Aviation Service Centers on the Cessna Citation Latitude best-selling midsize jet, Citation Sovereign series and Citation Excel/XLS/XLS+ series midsize jets, as well as the Beechcraft King Air 300-series aircraft with continued development planned for other Textron Aviation aircraft models.

“In today’s world, cabin air quality has never been more important. The ACA System enhances the capabilities of the interior environmental control system, providing an in-flight experience that’s offers peace of mind,” said Brian Rohloff, Senior Vice President, Customer Service. “We are offering this to Beechcraft and Cessna customers as an aftermarket option to provide them the reassurance of a neutralised and purified cabin.”

Using an indication panel for easy operation, the ACA Needlepoint Bi-Polar Ionisation (NPBI) System is installed in the aircraft’s environmental control system. It emits cold plasma which allows positive and negative ions to attach to water vapour molecules in the air, causing a molecular reaction that neutralises gases, spores, viruses and bacteria. According to ACA, tests have proven effective against several bacteria, spores, odours, static electricity and viruses, including COVID-19.

The ACA NPBI System takes effect within minutes and is designed to constantly decontaminate the cabin’s interior including the air and surfaces.

Aircare Firesock containment bag, heat resistant cloves and a resealable storage container

Aircare introduces latest iteration of Firesock

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Aircare Firesock containment bag, heat resistant cloves and a resealable storage container

Aircare has released the second generation of its Aircare Firesock, a battery risk management solution currently used by over six global commercial carrier fleets, as well as hundreds of corporate aircraft.

The Aircare Firesock is designed to mitigate the risk of lithium-ion battery packs within personal electronic devices (PED) like laptops, tablets and smartphones, which can cause thermal runaway.  This occurs when one or more of the cells of a PED battery become unstable and start to overheat causing smoke, fire and explosion.

The latest Firesock, which includes the FireSock containment bag, heat resistant cloves and a resealable storage container, is now capable of withstanding internal radiant temperatures up to 2,000°F.

The resealable storage tube is designed to carry four litres of water (cylindrical measurements are 5-inches in diameter and 12.5 inches in length) for dousing in an effort to cool thermal runaway as recommended in FAA SAFO 09013. The Firesock is designed to completely contain all of the molten material and fire that results from a battery event, while the device’s structural integrity is maintained by venting gasses as they rapidly expand during an explosion.

Honeywell Forge platform for business aviation

Honeywell augments flight and cabin services for business aviation

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Honeywell Forge platform for business aviation

Honeywell has updated features in its Forge platform for business aviation flight departments which help to improve network monitoring and bolster security.

Network monitoring capabilities are incorporated in Honeywell Forge so that users can now stay better informed of vulnerabilities within their cabin connectivity service. The service is visualised on the Honeywell Forge dashboard via the network monitoring tile and enabled by installing the GoDirect Router software package on an equipped aircraft.

The PBCS monitoring feature inside Honeywell Forge helps operators recognise when they have exceeded maximum allowed timing while using FANS data link. It provides PBCS monitoring data after each flight so an operator can deal proactively with any issues and retain the ability to fly the FANS-reduced separated tracks.

Additional individual and user-based features inside Honeywell Forge provide users with the ability to control their own accounts and stay better informed, while administrators can better manage users and the access to accounts. Custom dashboards and configurations allow users to decide how they want to manage their information and features.

Experience Plans for cabin connectivity are another offering in Honeywell Forge and come in three packages. The most premium Elite Experience Plan is built for users wanting the highest connectivity experience with robust high-speed access for premium video and apps. The Comfort Experience Plan is designed for customers wanting an at-home experience on an aircraft like a home-streaming video experience on all devices. The Office Experience Plan provides connectivity at lower throughput needs for business collaboration tools, email and teleconference video.

“Honeywell Forge offers leading connectivity services, and these features provide customers with our latest and most advanced monitoring, management, connectivity and security capabilities,” said John Peterson, Vice President and General Manager, Software and Services at Honeywell Connected Enterprise, Aerospace. “These services represent our latest and continuing investment in Honeywell Forge as a seamless experience to meet our customers’ needs in running their operations safely and efficiently.”

These recent updates to Honeywell Forge for business aviation are all available now.

Dassault Falcon 7X

New portal for Dassault FalconConnect customers

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Dassault Falcon 7X

Dassault FalconConnect customers can now access a redesigned FalconConnect portal with expanded enterprise performance management offering powered by Honeywell Forge.

The new FalconConnect dashboard brings together in-flight connectivity, flight planning/optimisation, and flight database services in a single platform for a seamless user experience. Additionally, it provides high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi, hardened aviation cybersecurity, real-time data and alerts, aircraft tracking and monitoring, flight planning and efficiency tools, and always-on support.

“The new FalconConnect portal will provide the same quality of services that customers love, but now customers will have a singular connection to access their FalconConnect service subscription,” said Jean Kayanakis, senior vice president of Worldwide Falcon Customer Service & Service Center Network, Dassault Aviation. “Included are all the FalconConnect offerings — such as flight planning, flight database, and cabin connectivity software, services and applications — and we will continue to add new features in the months ahead.”

Duet partnership between Porsche and Embraer

Embraer and Porsche announce design collaboration

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Duet partnership between Porsche and Embraer

Embraer and Porsche have collaborated to create Duet, a limited-edition, limited-quantity Embraer Phenom 300E aircraft and Porsche 911 Turbo S car pairing. Just ten pairs of business jets and sports cars will be produced.

“Duet is an exclusive package developed in a unique design collaboration with Porsche. This rare, refined combination will only be available through this one-time-only pairing,” said Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “In the spirit of delivering the ultimate customer experience, we are fusing two of the most notable brands in the aerospace and automotive industries, bringing together the pinnacle in production sports cars with the market benchmark in light jets, once again proving that we don’t simply follow trends — we create them.”

“Porsche and Embraer share a host of common values,” said Alexander Fabig, Vice President Individualisation and Classic at Porsche AG. “As part of our cooperation, we used the know-how of both brands to work jointly on a unique pair of vehicles that are equally attractive for the customer group of jet and sports car owners.”

Designed in tandem, Duet features a customised interior and paint scheme inspired by one another.

“This is the perfect marriage of car and jet, as personified by the exclusive collaboration logo. The logo brings together the aeronautical requirement of lift — depicted by the Phenom 300E winglet — with the automotive requirement of downforce — depicted by the rear wing of the flagship 911. To further solidify this symbiotic partnership, the aircraft registration number appears on both the car’s rear wing and the sides of its key,” said Jay Beever, Vice President of Embraer Design Operations.

The exclusive collaboration logo is embossed on the seat headrests of the aircraft (lift) and debossed on the seat headrests of the car (downforce), as well as featured on the aircraft sideledge, speaker grills, and mounted near the main door. Each pairing also features a special badge, representing one of only ten delivered. The customer will have the option to select the location of a blue chip, reflective of their position among the ten units, according to their preference.

To create a seamless transition from aircraft to car for this exclusive set of customers, design inspiration for the aircraft mirrors that of the car, and vice versa. Starting with seats, the sew style on the Phenom 300E seat was patterned after that of the 911 Turbo S. The seats in both vehicles feature red pull straps, a Speed Blue accent stitch, and carbon fiber shrouds to create a shared connection. The cockpit seats of the Phenom 300E were redesigned to match the car. In the 911 Turbo S, Porsche introduced a unique color combination for the steering wheel to match the aircraft’s yoke, with a Speed Blue accent at 12 o’clock, as well as the first Chalk Alcantara trim roof lining — an homage to the aircraft. To round out the interior, the stopwatch of the Sport Chrono package features an artificial horizon inspired by instrumentation in the aircraft cockpit.

The aircraft and car share the same exterior paint pallet and general scheme. For the first time, Porsche has combined gloss and satin-gloss paintwork. The upper part of the car is finished with Platinum Silver Metallic, transitioning to Jet Grey Metallic at the bottom. Dividing the two paint colors is a trim strip with lines in Brilliant Chrome and Speed Blue. The car is entirely hand-painted, which is unique to this project and reflective of the Phenom 300E paint process. The alloy wheels of the 911 Turbo S are painted in Platinum Silver Metallic, using a revolutionary laser process to expose a Speed Blue underlay on the rim flange. The air intakes of the 911 Turbo S are painted in Brilliant Chrome to match the leading edge nacelles of the aircraft. The LED door projectors cast the Duet collaboration logo on the ground, and the door sill trims feature “No Step” lettering, like the messaging on an aircraft wing.

The exclusive Duet Porsche 911 Turbo S can only be purchased in tandem with its sibling Phenom 300E. To mark this first ever collaboration between Embraer, Porsche AG, and Porsche Design, Duet customers will also receive a custom Duet logo luggage set with a pilot’s bag and two weekenders, as well as a special edition Porsche Design 1919 Globe timer UTC titanium-case watch inspired by the aircraft’s cockpit.

Deliveries will begin in 2021.

Exterior and interior of Airbus ACJ TwoTwenty business jet

Airbus Corporate Jets launches ACJ TwoTwenty business jet

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Exterior and interior of Airbus ACJ TwoTwenty business jet

Airbus Corporate Jets has launched the ACJ TwoTwenty business jet, heralding in what the manufacturer calls the Xtra Large Bizjet market.

Comlux, with its ACJ-approved completion centre in Indianapolis, has been selected as exclusive partner for the outfitting of the first 15 cabins to the latest addition of the ACJ programme, and will work alongside ACJ’s Head of Creative Design, Sylvain Mariat.

ACJ has won its first orders for the ACJ TwoTwenty totalling six aircraft following its launch. While Comlux has revealed an order for two aircraft, four further jets were ordered by undisclosed customers.

Entry into service of the first ACJ TwoTwenty by Comlux Aviation is targeted for early 2023.

“We are proud to extend the ACJ product Family with the launch of the ACJ TwoTwenty. The aircraft combines intercontinental range, unmatched personal space and comfort for all passengers. This latest technology platform offers unbeatable economics and unrivalled reliability,” said Benoit Defforge, President ACJ. “Based on its compelling market appeal, we see promising demand for this aircraft in the growing business jet market.”

The ACJ TwoTwenty is a clean-sheet design aircraft, based on Airbus’ A220-100, featuring advanced materials and state-of-the-art technologies It will feature a high end VIP cabin interior, supported by a flexible cabin catalogue, from which Comlux has selected the business and guest lounge as well as a private entertainment space and a private suite, including a bathroom. The cabin, which features personal space with 73m²/785 ft² of floor space distributed over six wide VIP living areas, is set to “Reimagine your place in the sky…” and will be equipped with large full lie flat seats, a US-king size bed, a standing rainshower, a humidifying system for well-being on board and, a Wi-Fi system across all the cabin and latest innovations such as electro-chromatic windows and LED lighting..

“We are proud to be the launch customer of the Airbus’ newest family member, the ACJ TwoTwenty and the selected partner to outfit the cabin in our completion center in Indianapolis. We have worked jointly with ACJ and shared our long experience in operating and completing all types of aircraft, to allow the new Bizjet to offer more comfort and the latest cabin innovations available in the industry, “ said Richard Gaona, Executive Chairman & CEO Comlux. “Thanks to the unique combination of intercontinental range, comfort, extra space and second-to-none economics, we are convinced the aircraft will be a winner in the business aviation market.”

Satcom Direct's new upgraded NOC in Melbourne, Florida

SD unveils new NOC

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Satcom Direct's new upgraded NOC in Melbourne, Florida

Satcom Direct (SD) has completed upgrading its Network Operations Center (NOC) at its global headquarters in Melbourne, Florida.

The facility includes a 72 x 10 ft digital wall displaying real time global customer connectivity activity, based on data aggregated from artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The NOC optimises the enhanced visibility into the overall health of each individual aircraft and combines it with intelligent data analysis to identify any connectivity outage, degradation or systemic issues. This initiates the implementation of corrective action, often during flight. Predictive alerting is also triggered by the service intelligence platform enabling remedial action well ahead of potential issues.

Information collected from the SD Xperience nose-to-tail portfolio of hardware, software and infrastructure solutions ensures the NOC is fully aware of the network status of each customer’s aircraft globally.

Cybersecurity management has also been enhanced with abnormal patterns of data behavior highlighted to stimulate immediate mitigative action. In addition to technical corrective action, SD alerts crew to advise passengers of any necessary action needed to prevent potential cyber events.

The upgraded technology can identify systemic issues across the partner satellite networks to support implementation of remedial measures ensuring clients experience limited downtime if an issue occurs.

“Aircraft generate large volumes of multi-faceted data that provide clear insight into aircraft connectivity. If the data is behaving differently than expected we will often be aware of it before either our customer, the end user or our partners which means we can begin to fix issues more quickly,” said SD Founder & CEO Jim Jensen. “The investment we’ve made ensures we can extract meaningful information about usage and/or degradation, enabling us to be even more proactive in issue resolution. It puts our support team ahead of the aircraft for years to come.”

Interior of SilverAir BBJ

Silver Air offers unrestricted charter use of Boeing Business Jet

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Interior of SilverAir BBJ

The Silver Air-managed Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) is now available for charter and uniquely without restrictions by the jet’s owner.

Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, the BBJ has an expansive 18-passenger configuration designed for personal and business travel.

Featuring a custom interior and master bedroom with a large bed, shower with exclusive steam feature, conference room, lounge area, and three lavatories, the BBJ is the first private charter with Gogo 2Ku fully worldwide high-speed internet connectivity. All onboard monitors have Apple TV for streaming and Sling TV for live TV. The galley is equipped with wine chiller, two microwaves, oven and De’Longhi coffee/espresso maker.

“BBJs are unique among private aircraft. Executive Liners, or Bizliners, are luxurious, they provide a next level VVIP experience, and the BBJ being managed by Silver Air is special even within this exclusive category. It’s state-of-the art, and the owner hasn’t put any restrictions on when we can charter it,” said Chuck Stumpf, Silver Air’s President of Business Development. “This BBJ offers flyers the ultimate in-flight experience whether you require space for your family or a working office in the sky. It’s more akin to an executive suite in a high-end hotel than a private jet.”