Medical Engineering Resource Unit (MERU) will use the exhibition to create awareness of its TravelChair product. The TravelChair has been designed specifically to make air travel easier for disabled children. It fits into a standard airline seat so parents can sit with their children during the flight. It is suitable for children from 3 – 11 years (depending on their size) and gives firm, postural support for disabled children. The adjustable headrest, footrest and body harness provide various levels of postural support which can allow even severely disabled children the option to fly. The TravelChair is made from strong, durable and lightweight materials, is quick to install, fits into the overhead bin when not in use, utilises the aircraft seatbelt as part of the design and has been developed with the parents of disabled children, airlines and the UK Civil Aviation Authority to ensure everyone’s needs are met. In May this year the European Aviations Safety Authority (EASA) approved the product for airlines and will be available for purchase in September this year. MERU is currently working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to gain certification in the American market.
Altitude Aerospace Interiors specialises in helping airlines differentiate through the aircraft interior by translating conceptual design into physical products. The company will use Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas as a platform to demonstrate its increased focus on galley innovations. Altitude is investing heavily in galley technologies to position themselves as vendors of an entire suite of monuments throughout the cabin. Altitude aims to provide airlines with flexibility in their galley configurations to meet the needs of all the galley’s users.
STG Aerospace will use Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas to promote its new long-life WhiteHawk replacement LED lighting system. The system offers the first ever ‘swap-out/swap-in’ solution to replace fluorescent tubes with LED lamps. WhiteHawk requires no modification to the existing ballast units or lamp holders, so the cost of installing an LED system is reduced. For the airline additional advantages include lower power consumption and increased reliability and for the passenger and crew a better quality and consistency of light.
STG Aerospace recently announced the successful completion of the first five aircraft installations of is new WhiteHawk LED lighting system as part of a major order from Swiss International Airlines.
AIM Aerospace is a specialist in Interior Monument Structures and First/Business class seat furniture. With over 20,000 passenger places of lie-flat seat shells flying today, AIM products can be found on a/c operated by Air China, TAM, Air France, KLM, American, China Air, Continental/United, Korean, Malaysia, Xiamen, and Thai.
AIM Aerospace will be displaying a new passenger Bar concept at the Expo with styling input from the French design company JCE. Watch for this highly attractive yet minimally space evasive concept designed for Business Class cabins. The Bar includes multi-use stowage that promotes a social area while minimally infringing on precious cabin real estate.
AIM Aerospace has designed and manufactured practically every composite structure found inside commercial a/c cabins. With 750 employees and 400K sq ft of manufacturing facilities, the US division has operated continuously since 1988.
Specialists in acoustic comfort, SMAC will present its range of sound absorbing products in Seattle including, SMACSONIC, a skin damping range developed to reduce vibrations and induced noise created by a structure; SMACWRAP, an innovative solution that has been specifically developed to address the new requirements from composite manufacturing; and SMACBARRIER, a new material developed by the company to complete the missing link between SMACSONIC viscous-constrained layer and the SMACWRAP embedded within composite panels.
Mohawk Aviation Carpet recently launched a new version of its patented AkroBak backing that provides improved smoke, toxicity and burn testing results that exceed all requirements established by Boeing, Airbus and the FAA. The improved latex applied to the back of Mohawk Aviation’s woven nylon aircraft carpets produces unmatched safety and durability and offers lower total cost of ownership results. On July 1st this year, the company announced that its chain and stuffer backing yarns in all carpet grades will now contain 100% post consumer PET made from recycled plastic bottles. These new backing yarns are extruded internally and make up between 10% to 20% of the total weight of Mohawk’s new and environmentally-friendly aircraft carpets.
Zodiac Aerospace – a loyal supporter of Aircraft Interiors Expo – will once again use the exhibition floor to demonstrate its diversity and strength in the cabin environment from economy through to first class. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to sit in, manoeuvre and examine a number of seating systems.
Greenpoint will present its Aeroloft modular product between the 25 – 27 September. The Aeroloft is designed specifically for the Boeing VIP 747-8 aircraft type that provides eight private sleeping berths located above the main deck in the aft section of the aircraft. The Aeroloft allows passengers a private rest area that features custom designed interiors furnishing and a forward entry staircase. Greenpoint started shipping orders to the installation facility back in March this year.
At Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas Bucher will present its newest design concept – an IFE Deployment Arm. In collaboration with Thales, the arm features double jointed articulation that controls the position of the monitor through its deployment. The unique mechanism minimises swing arc allowing the use of large format IFE display screens. The reduced swing radius also works with smaller format display screens allowing the arm position to be as close as possible to seatbacks giving airlines the opportunity to maximise its seating capacity.
Introducing a new tool for fast retouches to aircraft interiors, AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings are pleased to present their unique new Dab2Fix paint application system. Quick and easy, the Dab2Fix touch-up tool allows a controlled application to interior surfaces, correcting surface damage in a simple and highly effective way.The sponge applicator ensures small areas can receive a touch up repair to maintain the overall appearance of the aircraft interior.Easily re-sealed, Dab2Fix can be re-used numerous times, is highly efficient and minimises waste.
This environmentally friendly touch-up concept is ideal for the application of Aerofine 8250 Topcoat, offering an all round reliable, fast drying touch-up system to maintain excellent appearance of aircraft internal surfaces.
Barrday Composite Solutions to Display Fire Resistant Materials at the Aircraft Interiors Expo, Seattle, WA, 25-27 Sept 2012
MILLBURY – May 29, 2012 – Barrday Composite Solutions, will display its aircraft interior prepreg products and adhesives. The Barrday fire resistant prepregs offer a wide range of benefits and can be tailored for:
• General Purpose or Self Adhesive
• Bag Grade or Press Grade
• Snap Cure or Standard Cure
Barrday’s LC294 & LC296 family of high performance phenolic toughened interior prepregs provide an industry leading sub 30/30 OSU heat release, combined with low smoke, self extinguishing, and excellent self adhesive properties and surface finish. Additionally, LC296 is a 10-17 minute snap cure system.
Barrday’s EP2052 epoxy system is self adhesive, self extinguishing, and passes the 12 and 60 second vertical burn tests as listed in FAR25.853. The prepreg is toughened and yields excellent structural properties. Additionally, EP2052 offers a 20 minute snap cure allowing for greatly improved throughput relative to standard cure systems. The material provides a Tg of 239⁰F (115⁰C) and has a three plus week out time.
Barrday will be at booth #411 and will have technical representatives on hand to discuss its materials and their applications.
BASF's Aerospace Team will be a first time exhibitor and sponsor at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Seattle, WA. Their booth will highlight the company's broad portfolio of products and solutions currently available to the aerospace industry specifically in the areas of cabin interiors, structural materials and seating components.
The Dynamo Drink Cart Company has developed a FAA, EASA and Transport Canada design certified soda fountain beverage system for the commercial aircraft industry. A push of a button pours a fresh carbonated or non-carbonated beverage every time plus chilled soda and still water. The system is compatible with any standard beverage trolleys. This revolutionary equipment replaces the aluminum cans and plastic bottles that generate trash and add weight to the aircraft. An onboard weight savings of 200 lbs. or more can be achieved for a significant fuel burn reduction. Our 3 year warrantee on components parts ensures the client airlines’ satisfaction and can save up to 50% of current overall beverage costs. Cans and bottles ARE the problem, your savings starts on the very first day.
NMC Aerospace’s Ultra Light Honeycomb Panel Fasteners are drop in replacements for metal NAS inserts. These Light Panel Fasteners have metallic inserts with a housing made from Ultem, which is a durable, heat resistant material that has excellent adhesion properties. NMC’s product offering of Light Panel Fasteners have thread sizes from #6 to 3/8, fit into various honeycomb panel thicknesses starting at .250” and are available in thru hole, blind hole, floating nut and threaded thru hole versions. To see NMC’s Ultra Light Honeycomb Panel Fasteners and their entire product line of lightweight clamps, standoffs, wiring accessories, bond on fasteners and custom injection molded products for aerospace come to booth 803.
Fastening technology for components in off center applications
Ensure easy, accurate and fast attachment of components in off center applications with the new addition to the RIV-FLOAT® family; RIV-FLOAT®-SHORT. These rivet nuts were developed for use in applications such as replacing riveted nut plates in aircraft interiors.
RIV-FLOAT®-SHORT allows manufacturers the benefit of accounting for tolerance stack up, and resolves alignment issues during product assembly. This saves costly rework of components and the expensive downtime associated with stripped or cross threaded fasteners. RIV-FLOAT®-SHORT also allows installation from the front side of the work piece, which improves assembly time by allowing the fasteners to be installed post paint, powder coat or other surface treatment.
RIV-FLOAT®-SHORT is being used in aircraft interiors to attach the structures of the galley, overhead bins, armrests and the lavatory.
Ipeco will be displaying a new range of ARINC Standard Electrical Galley Inserts. Our display will include our new Convection Oven, Wine Chiller / Refrigerator / Freezer, Beverage Maker, and a Microwave Oven.
Stop by our booth to see how Ipeco designs have addressed, long standing industry issues with the existing ranges of galley equipment.
An alternative to foam cushioning, seat cushions made from Stimulite® honeycomb provide long term sitting comfort in a low profile that is lightweight and gives passengers more living space. A flexible form of aerospace honeycomb that is fusion bonded without the need for adhesives, Stimulite relies on the proven optimum strength-to-weight attributes of structural honeycomb to deliver uniform load distribution at a fraction of the thickness of foam cushions. Perforations in the cell walls circulate air to prevent heat build-up while the “footprint” of the cells and their flexing action promote circulation.
For more than 20 years, Stimulite honeycomb has been providing long term sitting comfort to wheelchair users who can sit for up to 16 hours a day and are at risk for pressure sores. More recently, military jet pilots, including those of the F-18 Hornets, have relied on Stimulite cushions to ensure comfort on their long haul missions. Such high-performance applications demand a material that is robust and durable and Stimulite has delivered long-lasting comfort. Made in California from non-toxic thermoplastics that are completely recyclable, it meets all flammability requirements and is certified by Boeing who features Stimulite mattresses in the crew rest of the 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 aircraft. A finalist for this year’s Crystal Cabin Award for Passenger Comfort, Stimulite is setting new standards for aircraft seat comfort.
TCI Cabin Interior is a joint venture company of Turkish Airlines (THY), Turkish Technic (TT) and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). TCI aims to produce and market aircraft cabin features including galleys and their inserts (like trolleys, std.containers etc.), crew rests, dividers, wind screens, miscellaneous stowage’s, coatrooms, video control compartments, aircraft textiles, leather and most of the other cabin interior parts except for the aircraft seats. TCI promises to provide cabin interior equipment at superior quality with competitive prices to airline companies.
TCI currently uses TAI Facilities at Ankara to conduct its Design and Manufacturing activities. TCI has in-house structural and system test capabilities for all galleys designed and manufactured according to applicable FAA/EASA and Aircraft type certificate owner requirements. By now, TCI Galley Prototypes has successfully passed all the tests. Manufacturing of the second set of galleys has begun.
Volare Engineers design experience along new capabilities beyond its Background, develops roadmap integration along world class companies, exploring capacities in generation of new patents through innovative concepts in product development and manufacturing process Reengineering from Mexico. Today, Volare incursion on strategic niches includes state of the art techniques for aero structures development, Brand new Engineered Plastic applied to Galley inserts, Insulation products, molding tool design for Composites components.
Since September 07 2001 Volare Engineering, specialized in turn key engineering services for Galley furniture and cabinetry Design, component manufacturing integration and Product’s Technical Publications. As an ISO9001:2008 certified and under SAE-AS9100C certification, Volare’s trained personnel with more than 15 years’ experience on aeronautics industry, have participation in innovative product developments around the world (Like Norduyn Inc.’s 2009 crystal cabin awarded Composite trolley) As well supported world-class companies operations from its facilities in Mexicali Mexico., Always working under most strict industry and government requirements FAR 21/25, OSU 65/65 and ASME, focusing on customer requirement satisfaction.
Attax will promote its new generation of automatic quick-release aircraft track fittings including its rear and front seat fittings. The fittings have been developed in reply to the growing demand for cost reduction during installation at the final assembly line and also during the life of the aircraft for maintenance purposes. The company has an ultra-light version that may also create weight saving opportunities as well.
During Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg E-Leather launched FR33 (E-Leather Cladding) and has confirmed that the product will also be on show in Seattle. FR33 is a new product developed by the company to satisfy the demand for a durable, easy to clean material with consistent heat release and smoke properties for aircraft interiors. Engineered to consistently exceed stringent aviation test regulations for heat and smoke release this new material is durable and very easy to wipe clean making it the ideal solution for covering seat furniture, seat surrounds, vertical panels, and for covering most forms of monument construction. Available in any colour and a selection of grains E-Leather Cladding has the look and feel of leather without the weight penalty.
The Protective Breathing Equipment (PBE) provides crewmembers with ocular, head and respiratory protection during emergency conditions in an aircraft at cabin altitudes. Sixty minutes of protection is supplied to the wearer, as fifteen minutes of compressed aviator’s grade oxygen is released in the unit. The PBE dons in only 15 seconds, with a unique design that eliminates the need for an oral/nasal mask so that crewmembers can communicate while wearing the unit. The amber-tinted hood provides 270° of visibility and the elastic neck seal requires no adjustment. This lightweight device takes very little stowage space and is currently used by 90% of the Commercial Airline Industry in the United States. The PBE holds FAA TSO-C116, TSO-C99 approvals as well as CAA, EASA, CAAC and ANAC approvals.
Essex Industries is a leading supplier to the Aerospace and Defense market, providing platform controls, aircraft components and liquid oxygen systems for life support and ground support systems.
EADS Sogerma will have its Equinox and Solstys business class seats on display. Equinox was developed to return a higher yield in the business-class cabin while maintaining a fully flat seat. The seat offers a fully flat surface at 58 to 60 inch pitch, enabling 2-2-2 or 2-3-2 configurations on wide-body aircraft. The seats are angled to allow for the reduction in pitch. When moving to the bed position the window seat moves up level with the armrests and the passenger’s feet are placed into a void level with the back shell; when the aisle passenger set moves downwards, the passenger’s feet are placed into a void in the back shell thus enabling the fully flat bed.
The Solstys business class seat is arranged in staggered rows and also becomes a fully flat bed offering a private environment. With a base of 21 inches, this chair also offers an integrated massage system, one-piece dining table and electrical outlet.
SABIC will highlight new additions to its portfolio of specialty materials for the aerospace industry, including sheet and fiber solutions. SABIC's aerospace-grade materials and extensive technical services help OEMs and tiers address key requirements ranging from compliance with the most stringent flame-smoke-toxicity regulations to weight-out for sustainability, and from expanded design flexibility to enhanced comfort and safety for passengers.
In particular, the company will demonstrate how its diverse, high-performance resins and composites, including a new addition to the company's LEXAN(TM) XHR sheet portfolio and renowned ULTEM(TM) polyetherimide resin, fiber and foam, are being used by customers to achieve cost efficiencies, competitive advantage and faster time to market. Several innovative applications for seating and interior components will be on display at the SABIC booth.