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Montreal-based Silentium Air announced
at the show that it has developed the new
300 series customized noise-reduction kit
specifically for Bombardier's Challenger 300
The kit can typically reduce overall cabin
noise levels by at least three decibels, which
represents an average cabin noise reduction
of 30 percent in terms of human perception.
The Silentium kit consists of pre-fitted,
aerospace-grade fibreglass and foam
modules that are easy to install. It replaces
factory-installed soundproofing, "without
representing a significant weight increase,"
the company says.
Work has started on the first customer
Silentium Air 300 kit at Bombardier's business
aircraft service centre in Tucson, Arizona.
Silentium president Nicholas Houseman said
the company now plans to build similar kits
for Bombardier's Global aircraft series as well
as the Challenger 600/601/604 aircraft.
Greenpoint Technologies brought its concepts
for a ground-to-main deck lift for the 747-
8 VIP aircraft, dubbed the "Aerolift" to the
The company demonstrated a full-size
mock-up of the lift at its booth. The elevator
is designed to transport passengers from the
ground to the aircraft's main deck, providing
an elegant and secure method to board the
Greenpoint also offers the 747-8 'Aeroloft',
which may be installed at the same time as
the Aerolift, prior to an aircraft's arrival at a
completion centre. The Aeroloft consists of
sleeping berths and lounge modules located
above the main deck in the aft section of
the aircraft, between doors four and five. It
includes custom designed interior furnishings
with a staircase.
Sloan Benson, Greenpoint's executive vice-
president, says: "This programme has turned
out to be a very popular option amongst the
747-8 VIP customers."
EBACE Show Report
Lufthansa Technik unveiled new offerings for its
NICE integrated cabin equipment system during
the EBACE show.
These included 'nicemate', a small,
lightweight, powerful multi-tasking unit with
a WLAN device, cellular GSM/3G connection
and network server. It can host multiple,
simultaneously running applications on the
nice network. The first three applications to
be introduced for the nicemate unit will be
available for installation in the coming months.
Nicemate continually monitors and logs files
from the system and establishes a secured
3G broadband connection once the aircraft
lands to automatically transmit flight logs to
Customer Service Innovation (CSI). If there
are any malfunctions on the network, CSI will
be automatically flagged and maintenance
arranged. Depending on the level of service, a
SMS message is sent to the aircraft stating the
problem and giving maintenance direction.
Owners can always see the latest diagnostics
results of the nice system on a custom-tailored
web portal. Nicemate will host a server
application that will send configuration data to
a native iPhone / iTouch application.
There is an additional global niceview moving
map product that will provide satellite 2D
worldwide views. Niceview-lite will also host the
'nicestuff' widget network. Nicestuff widgets
are managed on a customer portal (and can
be changed before each flight) with many
information sources from which to choose such
as weather, stocks, political and sport news --
and more nicestuff is on the way.
LHT's Innovation unit is also developing
a purpose built Blu-ray player made for the
aerospace market. The player will fit into the
same form-fit mounting tray with connector as
Lufthansa Technik's current DVD player.
The company's Innovation business unit
has also entered into an agreement with DRB
Aviation Consultants from Texas to offer turnkey
nice CMS/IFE installations in North America.
LH Technik announces NICE offerings
Rockwell Collins announced at EBACE that
its avionics systems, including the Pro Line 21
flight deck, MultiScan Hazard Detection System
and Venue Cabin Management System (CMS),
had been certificated for the Cessna Citation
CJ4 under a type certificate achieved by launch
The CJ4 certification marks the first installation
of Rockwell Collins RTA-4100 MultiScan Hazard
Detection system on a business jet. Venue comes
standard on the CJ4. It includes a home-theatre
quality media centre device, with a high-
definition digital audio/visual distributor built into
the forward equipment cabinet.
Meanwhile Honeywell received EASA
certification for its satellite communications
system on the Dassault Falcon 7X. Its MCS-7120
satellite communications system is an integrated
communication system for both cabin and
cockpit communications that provides fast,
reliable, global connectivity via the Inmarsat
SwiftBroadband or classic satellite network.
Greenpoint displays 747-8 VIP modifications
The aerolift provides VIP passengers with an elegant and
secure method of boarding the aircraft without using stairs.
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