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.”

Astronics antenna for Collins Aerospace's LuxStream IFC

Collins Aerospace awards Astronics with follow-on IFE contract

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Astronics antenna for Collins Aerospace's LuxStream IFC

Collins Aerospace has awarded Astronics Corporation a US$19 million order for business jet connectivity equipment to be delivered in 2022.

The order is a follow-on to the approximately $11 million order announced in February 2021.

There has been growing demand for Collins’ business aviation connectivity solution LuxStream, which provides high-speed world-wide connectivity to deliver a broad variety of remote conferencing services and streaming entertainment.

“We are excited to support the growing success of the Collins Aerospace Ku-band connectivity service,” said Michael Kuehn, Astronics CSC President. “We believe this order validates the continued success of Collins’ connectivity services and the performance of Astronics’ connectivity hardware. Astronics is committed to developing and producing the best connectivity hardware for airborne platforms.”

Collins Venue CMS

Flying Colours Corp. installs blended Venue and Alto switches

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Collins Venue CMS

Flying Colours Corp., has completed a 240-month heavy inspection for a Bombardier Global aircraft, that has included the installation of a Collins Venue Cabin Management System, blended with Alto Aviation switches. The controls are specifically designed to fit into previous switch panel location holes resulting in a solution that maximises client budget and reduces installation time significantly.

To support the existing Ka-band connectivity upgraded routers were repositioned to support cabin and flight deck connectivity. To optimise rest, relaxation, and productivity the AIMSKYLAB sound proofing system was integrated, considerably reducing noise in the cabin. Externally the aircraft fuselage was stripped and repainted to deliver an as new look to the airframe.

“Our experience installing the blended Venue and Alto Switch offering and our capacity to fulfill maintenance, interior, paint and avionics tasks makes Flying Colours Corp. an attractive choice for aircraft owners. Undertaking all the work at a single venue reduces down time and maximises budget which is also very appealing. For this customer the result was an improved ownership experience with improved connectivity, reduced noise levels and a new-look fuselage,” explains Eric Gillespie, Executive VP, Flying Colours Corp. “We have a consistent pipeline of Global heavy checks coming through the facility and our experience just keeps strengthening. This makes us a great option for owners looking for a provider that can meet all their maintenance, interiors, repairs and overhaul needs.”

The 240-month inspection involves completely stripping the aircraft down to the frame, enabling an in depth look at the aircraft fuselage to check for signs of everything from stress fractures to corrosion, as well as other issues that may have affected the structural integrity of the aircraft. The cabin was also laid bare, with panels, carpets, insulating surfaces floorboards, monuments, fairings, and side ledges removed for assessments and overhauls.

Image: Collins Venue CMS.

Collins Aerospace unveils Lilac-UV

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Collins Aerospace has unveiled an ultraviolet (UV) lighting solution to sanitise aircraft interiors almost anywhere a light is installed inside an aircraft.

Lilac-UV uses technology developed by Boeing as part of a licensing agreement granting Collins the ability to build on Boeing’s UV technology for in-flight operation.

The new Collins-developed sanitising lighting system operates with an intelligent dosage controller – for scheduled cleanings and manual treatments – and an occupancy detector for enclosed spaces, like an airplane lavatory.

Lilac-UV emits a slight violet light that, claims Collins, disinfects surfaces in seconds to minutes, depending on lamp configuration and specific pathogen. Lilac-UV can be applied in lavatories, galleys, flight decks, cargo bays and throughout the cabin, and can be set for scheduled cleanings or manual applications during or between flights.

“At the heart of this project is the desire to continue to build the public’s trust and confidence in air travel as passengers return to the skies,” said Cynthia Muklevicz, Vice President of Business Development for Collins Aerospace. “Collins and Boeing share the common goal to redefine air travel, a commitment to collaboration and the technical research and development expertise to bring this game-changing, hygienic technology to market for the benefit of air-travellers around the world.”

“Our design allows for installation anywhere in the cabin with minimal or no hardware design changes, enabling users to switch to a higher power lamp or change the number of lamps based on application,” said Bridget Sheriff, vice president of engineering at Collins Aerospace. “The intelligent controller automatically adjusts to manage power consumption and offers scientifically proven disinfection of spaces during and between flights.”

Lilac-UV sanitising system will be available for new cabins or retrofittable to existing interior spaces.

Collins Aerospace is to acquire privately held aviation company FlightAware.

FlightAware to join Collins family

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Collins Aerospace is to acquire privately held aviation company FlightAware.

Collins Aerospace is to acquire privately held aviation company FlightAware.

Following closing, Houston-based FlightAware, which provides global flight tracking solutions, predictive technology, analytics and decision-making tools, will join Collins’ Information Management Services portfolio within the company’s Avionics strategic business unit.

“Global connectivity now shapes and impacts every segment of aviation. FlightAware is the recognized leader in data collection, analytics and customer experience, which will help Collins unlock the full power of the connected ecosystem for our customers,” said Dave Nieuwsma, Collins Aerospace’s head of Avionics. “FlightAware’s flight tracking and data platform, the largest in the world, has the potential to deliver new capabilities and innovations across our entire business.”

“The world’s aerospace companies and aircraft operators are looking to digital aviation to provide the next revolution in aviation efficiency and reliability,” said Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware, “and we are excited to join Collins Aerospace and Raytheon Technologies at this pivotal time to continue to lead that revolution at an even broader scale.”

Financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

Business class on Aeroflot's retrofitted cabin on its Boeing 777 aircraft.

Aeroflot unwraps first retrofitted Boeing 777

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Business class on Aeroflot's retrofitted cabin on its Boeing 777 aircraft.

Aeroflot has unveiled its first long-range Boeing 777 aircraft with a retrofitted cabin. By end of 2021, Aeroflot will refurbish the cabin interior on two more aircraft.

The aircraft can accommodate 427 passengers: 28 Collins Aerospace Super Diamond NG seats equipped with sliding doors in business class, 24 seats in ‘Comfort’ class and 375 seats in economy class.

All seats come in high-quality jacquard upholstery. The seat pitch in economy class averages 80 cm, in ‘Comfort’ class – 96 cm. Business class passengers can enjoy individual suites, offering sliding doors, an extra armrest, 18.5-inch HD monitor and 2-metre full-flat bed.

Passengers travelling in all classes of service can access latest generation Panasonic Ex3 multimedia in-flight entertainment system. Paid for high-speed internet access (up to 30 Мb/sec) is available on board.

The airline will operate the retrofitted Boeing 777 on all popular international and domestic routes, including Dubai, New York, Los-Angeles, Mahe, Delhi, Yerevan, Bishkek, Baku, Tashkent, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

The cabin reconfiguration programme is being undertaken by Boeing who is performing engineering work and supplying component kits. Boeing was awarded the contract to modify passenger cabins on 18 of the Russian flagship carrier’s 777-300ERs, during the 2019 Moscow Air Show.

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Crystal Cabin Award special categories reach final round

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Crystal Cabin Award

A total of ten finalists have been selected for the “Judges’ Choice Award” and “Clean & Safe Air Travel” categories of the Crystal Cabin Award. The winners will be announced on 15 September during the virtual Aircraft Interiors Expo.

The final shortlist for the Crystal Cabin Award special category “Clean & Safe Air Travel” includes:

The Holographic Controller from US company Rosen Aviation eliminates the need for buttons. With this futuristic control panel, functions in the galley, for example, can be activated and operated using infra-red and motion sensors, so that cabin crew members don’t have to touch surfaces.

Safran Cabin’s Beacon Clean Lavatory is a concept for antimicrobial surfaces in the cabin bathroom with components that can be used without contact as far as possible.

Lilac-UV from Collins Aerospace allows both cabin crew and passengers to activate an ultraviolet disinfection lamp above the passenger seat during the flight for reliable occasional cleaning.

MGRSafeWall is an aircraft cabin anti-microbial protection system developed in direct response to the pandemic and has been proven 99% effective against SARS-CoV-2, the actual virus that causes COVID-19. MGRSafeWall provides effective, safe, long-term inherent protection against a wide range of threats and hence will provide long-term enhanced hygiene. MGRSafeWall is simple to apply, has excellent flammability characteristics, is highly resistant to wear, abrasion and all types of cleaning processes.

Les Simpson, CEO of MGR Foamtex commented: “This is very exciting news and demonstrates both our confidence in the future and our continued investment in the development of new products. MGRSafeWall really brings a higher level of protection and technology to the aircraft cabin and MGR is very proud to have brought this product to market.”

CleanAir from finalist Villinger GmbH promises to make germs and viruses harmless. This air filter makes use of thousands of ionising micro-electrodes which make it possible to absorb particles substantially smaller than what is required by the current HEPA standard. Furthermore, the filter does not create ozone or nitric oxide as by-products.

“Judges’ Choice Award” honours entries that impressed the international jury in 2021. Toyota Boshoku is nominated for two ideas. The Japanese interior specialist’s CLOUD CAPSULE CONCEPT offers economy passengers the option of climbing into a bunk bed berth in addition to their seat. The POSITIVELY ECONOMY concept delivers three economy classes in one: an innovative eco-seat at the window, a personalised Premium Economy class, and Premium Plus seating in the centre with more space and privacy.

Safran Seats (in cooperation with Universal Movement) is recognised for foldable Interspace wings, another concept promising a more peaceful experience for individual passengers. The wings, which can be retrofitted to economy and domestic business class seats, fold out of the backrest when required, providing both comfort and a protective screen between adjacent seats.

Rosen Aviation is nominated for The Maverick Project, a private jet cabin full of digital highlights and intuitive control panels and applications, developed in cooperation with SKY Style and KIPCreating, that learn from passenger behaviour.

Austria’s FACC AG and its cooperation partners FH Joanneum, Netwiss, Raltec research group, Rodlauer Consulting, TU Vienna, FFG, and BMVIT are also aiming to make an aircraft that is more accessible to everyone. On short-haul and medium-haul single-aisle aircraft, the lavatories are not really barrier-free, because the space for toilets is limited by the demand to maximise seating capacity. LAV4ALL promises 100% disabled-accessible aircraft lavatories for retrofit in aircraft ranging from the Airbus A320 up to wide-bodied jets.

the Electronic Cabin Bag (eCB) digitalises and automates cabin crew tasks while enabling passengers to use their personal electronic devices for in-flight shopping and service requests.

Collins Aerospace unveils new touchless in-flight solution

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the Electronic Cabin Bag (eCB) digitalises and automates cabin crew tasks while enabling passengers to use their personal electronic devices for in-flight shopping and service requests.

Collins Aerospace has unveiled a new touchless in-flight solution for onboard crew and passenger services.

Now available to airlines across the globe, the Electronic Cabin Bag (eCB) digitalises and automates cabin crew tasks while enabling passengers to use their personal electronic devices for in-flight shopping and service requests.

By digitising documents, in-flight processes and in-flight inventory, the eCB solution puts the information that the cabin crew needs to better serve passengers on a single device, replacing traditional paper-heavy processes. The solution also eliminates the need for passengers to touch high-traffic call buttons.

In addition, eCB enables airline passengers to access real-time onboard inventory of food, beverage and in-flight shopping at any stage during the flight, with the knowledge that what is being shown to them is what is available to purchase. eCB is further enhanced when the aircraft has a satellite connection to enable real-time credit card payment verification — reducing the levels of fraudulent transactions.

“eCB gives airlines a boost in efficiency and ancillary revenue while simultaneously helping their passengers and crew feel confident in returning to travel,” said Clotilde Enel-Rehel, General Manager for Commercial Aviation & Network Services for Collins Aerospace. “The data and analytics generated by eCB will also enable airlines to make informed decisions to better support their strategic and tactical planning.”

Collins Aerospace has been selected by Airbus to supply upgraded passenger service units (PSU) for the delivery of the new A320 Family Airspace cabin

Airbus A320 Family Airspace cabin to be fitted with Collins PSUs

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Collins Aerospace has been selected by Airbus to supply upgraded passenger service units (PSU) for the delivery of the new A320 Family Airspace cabin

Collins Aerospace has been selected by Airbus to supply upgraded passenger service units (PSU) for the delivery of the new A320 Family Airspace cabin.

The advanced composite materials of the Collins PSU provide the strength and durability needed to handle each passenger touchpoint, including reading lights, air outlet valves and call attendant lights. The modular design integrates directly with oxygen units and is easily adjustable for a variety of seat pitches, enabling simple installation and removal.

“Years of collaboration and detailed customisation have produced a passenger service unit that delivers weight savings, superior performance and a clean design that fits seamlessly within the new A320 Family Airspace cabin,” said Wolfram Schoettler, managing director at Collins Aerospace. “The Collins PSU gives passengers an enhanced flight experience and airlines the flexibility to integrate elegantly with various aircraft configurations and all PSU supply channels.”

Collins has supplied PSUs for the A320 family of aircraft for more than two decades and is actively working with Airbus to explore future developments and to improve the performance of the new passenger service units.

Duncan Aviation technicians work to install the Bongiovi speakerless audio system, which has 47 transducers mounted beneath the headliner and in the upper sidewall panels throughout the aircraft to amplify the sound.

Duncan Aviation installs Bongiovi Audio system

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Duncan Aviation technicians work to install the Bongiovi speakerless audio system, which has 47 transducers mounted beneath the headliner and in the upper sidewall panels throughout the aircraft to amplify the sound.

Duncan Aviation has installed a Bongiovi AcousticLabs Bongiovi Aviation system in a Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft at its full-service facility in Battle Creek, Michigan.

In addition to the Bongiovi Aviation system, the 7X had a full cabin electronics upgrade that included the installation of a Collins Aerospace Venue Cabin Management System (CMS) and a Honeywell JetWave MCS-8000 Ka-band in-flight connectivity system.

The Venue delivers the audio output for the Bongiovi speakerless system, and the 47 transducers mounted beneath the headliner and in the upper sidewall panels throughout the aircraft amplify the sound.

Avionics Sales Representative Mike Morgan heard a demo of the Bongiovi system prior to its installation in the 7X. “The sound is impressive,” said Morgan. “I’m excited to give our customers this additional option for high-end audio entertainment.”

Duncan Aviation’s Lead Designer Heather Pridemore collaborated with the customer’s designer on an exterior paint scheme and an interior refurbishment that will give the aircraft a fresh look to go with its big new sound.

Duncan Aviation installed an Aviation Clean Air (ACA) Ionising system in the aircraft, with Duncan Aviation’s Engineering Team developing the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the ACA system, making it the first ever installed in a 7X aircraft with an STC.