HondaJet 2600 Concept

Curtain lifts on HondaJet 2600 Concept

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HondaJet 2600 Concept

Honda Aircraft Company has unveiled the HondaJet 2600 Concept, with a mockup display to collect customer feedback and validate market demand.

The HondaJet 2600 Concept will be the world’s first light jet capable of nonstop transcontinental flight across the US. The aircraft has a quiet and spacious cabin suited for long range travel, can seat for up to 11 occupants, and aims to deliver unparalleled fuel efficiency.

Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino stated: “Over the past five years, we introduced the HondaJet Elite, then the Elite S, to further enhance the original HondaJet design. Now, we are validating market demand as we unveil a new aircraft concept in a different segment from the original HondaJet. With the HondaJet 2600 Concept, which enables efficient transcontinental flight, offers new level of cabin comfort and capacity, and dramatically reduces CO2 emissions, we are introducing a new generation of business jets.”

Internally, there is significantly more passenger space as well as a class-leading cabin tranquility with greatly reduced vibration compared to conventional light jets, due to the OTWEM configuration. The aircraft also has the tallest cabin height and offers class-leading pressurisation with a cabin altitude of 6,363 feet at its maximum operating altitude of 47,000 feet. The aircraft will also offer three types of modular and highly customisable cabin configurations.

Recaro has outfitted Wizz Air's A321neo with SL3710 seating

Wizz Air’s Airbus A321neo takes flight with Recaro seating

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Recaro has outfitted Wizz Air's A321neo with SL3710 seating

Wizz Air has received its first Airbus A321neo aircraft with Recaro seats. A total of 146 shipsets will be delivered to Europe’s fastest growing airline through 2027.

“The SL3710 is a natural fit on Wizz Air’s new Airbus A321neo, since the main goal is to conserve weight and extend the life cycle of the seat without sacrificing comfort,” said Mark Hiller, CEO Recaro Aircraft Seating. “The cornerstone of our partnership with Wizz Air is our ability to provide quick and effective support, which is only possible due to our global network of customer service teams.”

“Not only are these seats comfortable and durable, but due to their lightweight design they support Wizz Air’s goal to reduce its emissions by 25% withing the decade,” Michael Delehant, Executive Vice President and Group Chief Operations Officer at Wizz Air. “We are confident that our passengers will also like the new ergonomic design and fine materials used for the seats.”

Jet Edge International has signed an agreement with Gogo Business Aviation to become Gogo's 5G launch customer.

Jet Edge confirmed as Gogo 5G launch customer

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Jet Edge International has signed an agreement with Gogo Business Aviation to become Gogo's 5G launch customer.

Jet Edge International has signed an agreement with Gogo Business Aviation to become Gogo’s 5G launch customer.

Jet Edge has AVANCE L5 installed across the majority of its managed, large-cabin fleet and will upgrade 50 of those aircraft to Gogo 5G over a 24-month period.

“Choosing Gogo was an easy decision because of their proven track record of meeting their commitments and delivering the best in-flight connectivity in the industry,” said Bill Papariella, CEO of Jet Edge. “After a thorough evaluation of other in-flight connectivity services, we chose Gogo 5G – it was the obvious choice and we’re thrilled to offer it to our discerning clients.”

Deployment of the 5G network has begun and the onboard hardware is in certification approval. Gogo 5G will serve aircraft operating within the contiguous US and the nationwide network is expected to launch in the second half of 2022.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Jet Edge and by upgrading to Gogo 5G, it shows the commitment Jet Edge is making to its clients to provide the best inflight connectivity and entertainment experience in business aviation,” said Andy Geist, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Gogo. “With AVANCE L5 installed across most of its fleet, upgrading to 5G becomes a relatively quick and easy process.”

Lebanon's national carrier, Middle East Airlines (MEA) has selected Panasonic as its in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) provider for 15 of its new Airbus A321 family aircraft.

Middle East Airlines trials Live TV

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Lebanon's national carrier, Middle East Airlines (MEA) has selected Panasonic as its in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) provider for 15 of its new Airbus A321 family aircraft.

Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA) has started a two-month trial of Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight Live Television service, on its fleet of nine Airbus A321neoLR aircraft.

MEA’s customers will be able to watch the live action from the world’s top sporting events, including the NFL, NBA, NHL, all four Tennis Grand Slams, all four Golf Majors, the NRL, the UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, Bundesliga, and more.

The Live Television service onboard MEA’s aircraft will be powered by Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight connectivity services, and broadcast through its eX1 in-flight entertainment platform, both of which were launched on the airline’s A321neoLR fleet in 2020.

eX1 is designed specifically for narrowbody aircraft and offers elegant full HD seatback monitors, complete with touch displays and handsets, and an intuitive, personalised interface.

Andrew Mohr, Vice President of Digital Solutions for Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Middle East Airlines and to enhance the in-flight experience they provide by bringing live news and the world’s best sporting action to their passengers.”

Houssam Moghrabi, Head of In-flight Services at MEA, said, “Panasonic Avionics is a proven partner for MEA. The trial of their Live Television service is a natural next step following the installation of their state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems last year, which has been well received by our passengers.”

ALTO Aviation has announced a series of enhancements to its Cadence CMS

ALTO Aviation enhances Cadence capabilities

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ALTO Aviation has announced a series of enhancements to its Cadence CMS

ALTO Aviation has expanded its Cadence Cabin Management offering with the introduction of the new Cadence Galley Touch Panel.

The 10-inch panel (pictured left) can be mounted in a portrait or landscape orientation and is designed with an intuitive and elegant interface for controlling all aircraft functions and equipment. These include all lighting, IFE, power, galley appliances, attendant call, shades, climate, flight information, and system settings.

The user interface is based around ALTO Cabin Control App and is customisable for each installation and customer requirement. Additionally, the Cadence Galley Touch Panel can also be duplicated and run on one or more devices such as an iPad, Android tablet, or any MS Windows device; this allows the flight crew to access Cadence Galley Touch Panel functions from anywhere in the aircraft as well as providing a valuable level of redundancy for critical cabin controls.

“The new ALTO Cadence Galley Touch Panel is a great addition to ALTO Cabin Management System; designed in-house with simplicity, functionality, and performance in mind this new product provides an additional option for an easy and fast replacement of obsolete legacy galley switch panels and can add numerous valuable features to any cabin upgrade,” said Steve Scarlata, ALTO Aviation VP Engineering/R&D.

The company has also introduced its new galley touchscreen to their ALTO Cabin Control App (image right).

Cadence Switch Panels are ALTO Aviation’s direct replacement and customisable cabin passenger controls that allow functionality through discrete logic and no software, minimising or eliminating woodwork by defining bezels that fit into the existing holes, considerably reducing installation costs.

The foundation for Cadence is modular, discrete switch assemblies. The modules range from one to six positions, including USB charging, HDMI port, Bluetooth interface, and ordinance signage. Cadence is compatible with the aircraft’s existing cabin management system and in-flight entertainment system. Additionally, by defining a bezel that fits into an existing cutout, ALTO provides a CMS/IFE upgrade solution without changing the woodwork.

All installations were customised to replace the obsolete, non-serviceable, or broken passenger controls, as well as new installations, in many cases repurposing functionality and updating the Cabin Management System capabilities of each cabin.

“We have surpassed 300 Cadence Switch Panels with unique, customised solutions for our clients, impeccably installed by top MROs worldwide in a wide variety of aircraft, including Gulfstream, Falcon, Citation, and Bombardier. In addition, we continue designing, manufacturing in-house, and customising passenger controls that provide easy and fast installations with unrivalled performance, ”said Kevin Hayes, VP Sales, and Marketing at ALTO Aviation.

Inmarsat reaches Jet Connex activation installation milestone

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In a dual celebration Inmarsat has reached the 1,000th installation and activation of its Jet ConneX in-flight connectivity solution, as it marks the fifth anniversary of Jet ConneX.

Powered by Inmarsat’s global Ka-band satellite network Global Xpress, Jet ConneX claims to be the preferred linefit option of all major business jet manufacturers, including Gulfstream, Bombardier and Dassault, and uses JetWave hardware by Honeywell Aerospace. Inmarsat has received type certificate and supplemental type certificate (STC) approvals for the service from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) across all popular platforms, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and aftermarket maintenance repair and overhaul service providers (MROs).

Kai Tang, Inmarsat’s Head of Business Aviation, said: “The business world has evolved considerably since the onset of COVID-19 and during times of unprecedented turbulence and instability, business leaders cannot afford to be disconnected. As a result, we have experienced a rapid surge in demand for the fast, reliable and consistent in-flight Wi-Fi that only Jet ConneX can deliver, wherever and whenever they fly. We believe this is a long-term trend that won’t level off as we come out of this COVID era.

“Therefore, the outlook is bright and we look forward to working with our partners to build on the momentum of the past five years, with 1,000 activations now achieved and many more to come. As part of these efforts, we are investing more than ever in several upcoming next-generation satellites, plus significant enhancements to our ground stations, hardware and software, all backed by world-class cybersecurity. This will amplify Jet ConneX capabilities even further and also result in unprecedented new L-band offerings to cement our long-term leadership in business aviation connectivity.”

ALTO Aviation has expanded its ALTO Sound offering with the unveiling of ALTO Soundstage.

ALTO Aviation unveils ALTO Soundstage

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ALTO Aviation has expanded its ALTO Sound offering with the unveiling of ALTO Soundstage.

ALTO Aviation has expanded its ALTO Sound offering with the unveiling of ALTO Soundstage.

Designed in-house by ALTO Aviation’s acoustic engineering team, ALTO Soundstage is the most advanced 3D Immersive ALTO Sound System offered in Business Aviation. Audiophile-quality ALTO loudspeakers and premium digital amplifiers are strategically mapped to allow passengers to immerse in movies, music, sports, and video games with zero compromises.

“With ALTO Soundstage, we have gone beyond our flagship Front Row, Center Stage ALTO Surround Sound, providing soundstage concert hall quality, the highest standard in 3D immersive audio in business aviation. This sound system is ideal for a credenza-mounted video monitor across a luxury divan in medium, large, and VVIP business jets, making passengers feel like if they “step up on the stage. I am confident that we will exceed the most demanding acoustic expectations,” said  Steve Scarlata, VP Engineering, R&D at ALTO Aviation.

The front stage includes PSU mounted Left, Center, and Right loudspeakers; Surround-Left, Surround-Center, and Surround-Right ALTO loudspeakers provide passengers with a fully immersive image. Two powerful, ultra-light, and compact ALTO subwoofers mounted beneath the seats or divan or bulkheads provide ample bass for real impact.

ALTO’s exclusive onsite tuning process and state-of-the-art signal processing guarantee that every ALTO Soundstage audio system offers powerful, coherent, high-fidelity surround sound.ALTO Soundstage can be controlled with Cadence Cabin passenger controls or with the new ALTO Cabin Control Appation.

ALTO Soundstage is already available in selected OEM and aftermarket installations with minimal work and full blended integration with each cabin’s unique interior design concept.

Flying Colours Corp. showcases latest trends in Gulfstream G650 refurbishment with material covering divan.

Flying Colours Corp. completes refurbishment for Gulfstream G650

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Flying Colours Corp. showcases latest trends in Gulfstream G650 refurbishment with material covering divan.

Flying Colours Corp., has given a Gulfstream G650 interior a new contemporary make over that reflects trending cabin design concepts.

Six single seats, two double seats and a three-piece divan were stripped down to the frames, rebuilt with new foam cushions, then sanded and painted to complement the new trims. Individual seats were covered with a new customer-selected pearl-coloured leather, and the seat backs featured a contrasting textured material. Each seat incorporated a customised stitching pattern, while new seatbelt webbing completed the stylish seats.

Highlighting an increasing trend the divan was upgraded with a complementary pearl fabric, rather than leather. Also on trend was the recovering of the cabin’s lower sidewall panels and ledges in leather. The contemporary look was enriched with a new Ultraleather cabin curtain which was custom-manufactured and installed by Flying Colours Corp. The reupholstered front and aft lavatory seats enhanced the upgrade.

The existing flooring was removed and replaced with a smoked charcoal coloured carpet to contrast with the pearl leather seat tones. The increasingly popular tones of cream and grey deliver a modern, chic look, balanced by dark veneer finishes on the bulkheads, galleys and side ledges.

“This aircraft had previously been painted by the Flying Colours crew, and the customer was so delighted that they brought it back for the interior work. Repeat business is the highest accolade we can be paid, and the gorgeous new interior is as breathtaking as the exterior,” said Eric Gillespie, Executive VP, Flying Colours Corp.

A second G650 arrived at the Peterborough workshop in October to undergo refurbishment further highlighting the company’s growing work on the American OEM aircraft types. “We work on all types of airframes, and in the last year have worked on an increasing amount of Gulfstream models whose owners appreciate that we can offer interior, exterior, and maintenance work all at one location. This reduces downtime, and with the current business aviation landscape being so busy, this is an extremely important factor for owners and operators,” added Gillespie.

The Gulfstream G650 fuselage boasts a sparkling pearl/mica Diamond Mine basecoat surface combined with an intricate design incorporating curving stripes and complicated swirling patterns. To achieve the striking results a specialty basecoat-clearcoat polyurethane paint incorporating translucent pearl and mica granules that generate a crystal-sparkling effect was applied after the priming process. The multi-faceted process required technical expertise and intense attention to detail to achieve a fuselage that will be noticed on any ramp.

StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604.

StandardAero upgrade cockpit for Bombardier Challenger 604

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StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604.

StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604. The first installation aircraft departed StandardAero’s Springfield, Illinois maintenance facility on 24 September 2021.

The installation was supported by a Collins Aerospace Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and the Pro Line Fusion upgrade removes the existing cathode ray tube displays and replaces them with touchscreen capable liquid crystal displays. The modification allows for features such as LPV, synthetic vision, multi-scan radar, graphical weather and FANS-1/A, giving operators more functionality and situational awareness in the cockpit. The modification also addresses obsolescence issues inherent to the existing CRT displays.

The total work scope on this Challenger 604 aircraft also included the installation of a Collins Aerospace Venue Cabin Management System and a complete cabin interior refresh.

“The Fusion upgrade helps to keep this aircraft on the leading edge, well into the future, with enhanced capabilities and staying pace with the functionality of current production aircraft coming off the assembly line,” said Mike Creek, Avionics Sales Manager for StandardAero Business Aviation. “Operators are showing a lot of interest in these upgrades and we expect continued demand throughout this year and next.”


AERQ launches AERENA

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AERQ has launched its modular and open IT platform AERENA to facilitate greater passenger engagement onboard the aircraft leading to a deeper understanding of passengers’ in-flight behaviours and needs opening new revenue opportunities for airlines and selected partners.

Airlines will be able to gain complete control over their digital cabin experience by logging into AERENA and designing their choice of applications, media content, and graphical user interface (GUI) to benefit from time and cost savings in application and content deployment due to simpler and faster operational workflows. By smart data capturing, analytics and matching, airlines will gain insights into and enhanced understanding of passengers to ensure accurate data-driven and intelligent decision making to grow their business.

“AERENA is built for business. We make airlines the playmaker of their digital cabin experience by giving them complete control over their operational processes and better visibility of the passenger for the first time. They can fine-tune their on-board product based on smart data. That enables entirely new business models for advertising, e-commerce, destination services and more. A product that will truly differentiate an airline from its competitors,” said Arnd Kikker, Co-Managing Director at AERQ.

“In addition, AERENA will enhance efficiency and flexibility through integrated and simplified operational processes. Fast deployment including cloud-based testing will streamline this time-consuming process to create savings. This allows updates and deployment of new applications and media content onto the aircraft in days not month,” explained Sang Soo Lee, Co-Managing Director at AERQ.

The platform draws on the experience and competencies of AERQ’s parent companies LG Electronics and Lufthansa Technik in consumer electronics, OLED display technology and integrating these systems and solutions onboard aircraft alongside engineering and certification services.