Flying » Inside the Cabin

November 21, 2013
German chemical company BASF manufactures an open-celled melamine foam acoustic material that can dramatically reduce noise levels in business jets and helicopters.
Acoustics experts are finding ways to make business jets quieter than ever. Racing through the lower stratosphere at Mach 0.85, pushed along by roaring jet engines and outfitted with pumps, actuator motors and fans, the business jet is naturally noisy.
August 5, 2013
The certified Custom Control Concepts 3-D monitors, which come with 3-D glasses, are available in sizes ranging from 42 to 64 inches (measured diagonally).
With this gear aboard, you may wish your flight were longer.
June 27, 2013
Business Aviation Caterers
These days on a private jet you not only can fly wherever you want whenever you want, you can also dine en route on whatever you want. Caterers like Alison Price On Air and Bon Soirée of London and Hubert-Marsden Catering of Zurich, Switzerland can provide anything from fois gras with black truffle to chateaubriand with bordelaise sauce to Beluga caviar.
June 27, 2013
Today’s cutting edge won’t make the cut tomorrow.
Ten years ago, nobody even talked about lighting aircraft cabins with LEDs. Today, not an airplane rolls out of a completion center that isn’t LED from nose to tail. The result: illumination that’s brighter, lower maintenance, longer lasting and more economical.
June 27, 2013
Versace teamed with TAG Aircraft Interiors to create this rendering proposal for a large-cabin private jet.
In recent years, many luxury fashion and design houses have ventured into the realm of the ­private jet cabin. Automobile and yacht designers are ­climbing aboard, too.
June 27, 2013
Book a slot now to minimize the wait
As the industry recovers from the long recession, sales of used and new aircraft are accelerating. Largely as a result, more and more independent completion and refurbishment shops are building a backlog of orders.
March 18, 2013
If two optional side-facing divans are installed opposite one another in the Legacy 500, when extended they provide a single bed about six feet wide.
Creating a more comfortable cabin is a never-ending goal for the builders of business and private jets and their suppliers. Seats have been redesigned so the passenger no longer slides forward when they’re reclined. Carpet makers have created new designs in blends of silk and wool that entice the passenger to walk barefoot.
February 8, 2013
Climb aboard–so to speak
While most aircraft completion and refurbishment centers these days can provide clients with a one-dimensional, computer-generated virtual cabin walk-through in various design phases, some centers now offer much more advanced 3-D virtual interiors. Others are creating real, full-scale mockups that let customers literally enter a replica of the cabin.
August 8, 2012
Cabin Tech 2012
When it comes to outfitting a new airplane or refurbishing an old one, technology almost invariably­ tops the list of customer concerns. And no wonder: Innovation is happening at a faster clip than ever before, and buyers now face a dazzling array of choices.
April 2, 2012
Cabin Comforts
A year ago–or three or five, for that matter–it seemed as if ­private aircraft already offered just about every imaginable onboard luxury. Nevertheless, designers keep stretching their imaginations and, year after year, they deliver new products that can make your flights even more enjoyable than before.

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