Seminar Program to address key cabin interiors topics

28 Oct 2015

Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas Seminar Program to address key cabin interiors topics including testing, noise, brand and cabin systems   

Covering both days of the exhibition, this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas seminar program will bring together experts from airlines, manufacturers, suppliers and researchers to discuss key areas within the aircraft cabin. The seminar program - organized by Reed Exhibitions – takes place on the November 4-5 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.  

Wednesday 4 November

Featuring a panel of industry experts, the program will begin by offering the audience an Insight on Testing. Jacques Debouchaud, Research and Innovation Manager at Stelia Aerospace, will use this session to highlight the challenge posed by the increasing requirement for testing: “The volume of tests to be performed within the cabin has increased dramatically and they often occur late within the development programme” he explained.  

Joining Mr. Debouchaud will be Ralph Buoniconti, Senior Regulatory Engineer at SABIC; Tom Knott, Principle at Thomas A. Knott and Jamie Lutkus, Senior Engineering Manager, Research and Development at Astronics Armstrong Aerospace.  

This will be followed by a representative from Diehl Aerosystems, who will address Quieter Cabins – How do you reduce noise levels onboard? Jörg Mäder, Senior Vice President Engineering at Diehl Aerosystems, said, “Aircraft cabins cover a relatively small space, where many passengers perceive noise in different ways and with different perceptions, depending on what they intend to do during the flight: work, eat, sleep, communicate . Our job as the manufacturer is to contain the noise that comes from several sources: engines, aerodynamic, lavatory, galley, fellow passengers. For an optimal solution, it is not sufficient to address the partial isolation of individual noise sources, but rather, a comprehensive approach to noise suppression is required.”  

Later that day Chris Brady, Managing Director at Acro Aircraft Seating, will present a case study on Passenger-centric design and the global impact of the European Low Cost Carrier model. Remembering the importance of keeping the passenger at the heart of good cabin design, forms the center of Mr. Brady’s presentation.  

Protecting the Brand: Getting smarter about cabin cleaning and maintenance will provide focus for the second panel discussion, drawing perspectives from those dedicated to improving cabin hygiene and maintenance. Dr. Arthur Kreitenberg, Inventor of the GermFalcon cabin cleaning robot will be joined by Jason Lazich, Manager – Aircraft Appearance at Virgin Americas and Adam Taylor, Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing and Service Delivery at Air Serv. Visitors to the seminar will learn how airlines, designers and suppliers can build strategies for ensuring the cabin can be sustained throughout its lifecycle. “As a trusted airline partner, we have the ability to enhance the passenger experience by keeping the interior of the aircraft clean. Not only can the perception of a fresh, clean airplane environment make passengers feel more comfortable during their journey, it validates the brand value of the airline and supports passenger retention,” said Adam Taylor of Air Serv.  

Wednesday’s seminar program will conclude with Jakob Versemann, Vice President Sales Airlines and MROs at Diehl Aerosystems, discussing ways of Improving Galleys and Galley Modules and how to enhance hygiene conditions, cooling the galley areas, building in flexibility and introducing Distributed Autonomous Cabin Power (DACAPO) – a new power concept for cabins.    

Thursday 5 November

Entitled Next Generation Cabin Systems – Connecting and controlling all things electric in the cabin, day two of Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas will feature Dave Kingstone, Head of Business Development Americas, Intellicabin at BAE Systems. “Next generation cabin systems are all about the integration, connection, and control of “all things electric” in the cabin – they will improve crew communication and interaction with one another, but most importantly how they can improve and enhance the customer experience,” stated Mr. Kingstone.

Gϋnter Boomgaarden, Executive Vice President Innovation and Business Development at Zodiac Aerospace will then tackle the subject of Taking a Holistic Approach to Cabin Lighting. Mr. Boomgaarden will take an in-depth look at new approaches to lighting the cabin that complements the interiors color palette and service delivery to enhance the passenger experience.

Discussion about Insights on Testing will also be continued, enabling the panel to pick up on points raised the following day, while Dr. Paul Lebbin, Research Council Officer at the National Research Council of Canada will present a case study on Simulating the impact of passenger dynamics during boarding and deplaning scenarios.

The Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas Seminar Program will be brought to a close by Gary Weissel, Managing Officer at Tronos Aviation Consulting, who will chair a session focused on the subject of Integration: Seating and IFE. The round table discussion will work through some of the key seating and IFE integration challenges, including how to improve integration. “The key to better integration is communication between the three main parties of any programme: 1) seat supplier, 2) IFE supplier 3) end customer (airline or leasing company). Beginning that coordination earlier in the programme development phase, ensuring development, testing, certification and production schedules align and that parties work together to overcome integration issues quickly, efficiently and effectively,” said Mr. Weissel. Tom Knott, Principle at Thomas A. Knott; Trevor Skelly, Vice President and General Manager at B/E Aerospace and Neil James, Executive Director of Corporate Sales and Product Management at Panasonic Avionics Corporation will form the panel.

Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas Senior Event Director, Katie Murphy, said, “The extension of the seminar program to two days reflects the increasing interest in the evolving interiors market. I am delighted that Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas will play host to such an eminent list of the industry’s finest minds and look forward to opening the debate about such key – and interesting - issues to the event’s growing audience.”


Industry Networking Reception

Press are invited to attend the Industry Networking Reception that will take place on Wednesday 4 November from 17.00 – 19.30 on the exhibition floor. For more information please visit

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