When it comes to items pilots and aircraft crew can take on a flight, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) imposes the same strict safety rules for both private and commercial jets. However, things tend to be a lot more lenient for private jet passengers.
Nearly every private and commercial airline offers some sort of inflight entertainment for their passengers. These technologies, like seatback screens or displays, don’t last forever. They are eventually replaced due to breakdowns or because it’s time for an IFE upgrade.
Unlike commercial air travelers who are used to flying in uncomfortable seats with limited leg room, business jet travelers anticipate the polar opposite in terms of their cabin experience.
Business jet travel is synonymous with comfort, luxury and a work-conducive cabin environment. The professionals tasked with overseeing business jet operations must continuously meet and exceed passenger expectations.
Fortunately, the ever-evolving aviation industry offers plenty of innovative solutions to transform private aircraft to deliver unforgettable in-flight experiences.
Airlines and manufacturers of IFE equipment pay a lot of attention to passenger surveys and studies to spot trends and stay ahead of the curve.
Your home aircraft hangar should have expert maintenance crews available on site. At large international airports there are likely multiple independent aircraft maintenance companies that are available to provide maintenance to private and business jet owners.
Just like ground vehicles, airplanes require regular inspections and maintenance to ensure the safety of passengers and crew on board, as well as to keep the aircraft in mint condition.
A Cabin Management System (CMS) is a user-friendly interface which allows both crew members and passengers to control and adjust various aircraft functions, including lights, cabin temperature and audio-visual entertainment options.
Commercial airlines are on a never-ending quest to enhance aircraft technology and make flying as enjoyable as it can be. The introduction of SMART aircraft cabins may enhance the passenger experience and make flights more enjoyable and comfortable for both frequent and infrequent fliers.
People rely on their mobile devices for far more than just communication. For many, it’s one of their primary forms of entertainment–as long as they have a Wi-Fi connection. Many airplane travelers now expect to be able to bring their primary source of ground entertainment into the aircraft cabin to kill time between takeoff and landing.
Aviation geeks and regular air travelers alike often request window seats on an aircraft to marvel at the ever-changing landscapes below. If you’re stuck on a long-haul flight, looking out a window can be a wonderful way to fight boredom and admire the beauty of the world from a bird’s eye view. So why would airlines want to replace their cabin windows with screens?
Many industries can leverage an Internet of Things (IoT) to enhance their processes, improve efficiency and accomplish more with less.
IoT technologies are found everywhere from smart home systems and manufacturing facilities to oil rigs and wind farms. The small, inconspicuous devices in commercial IoT networks generally function like sensory organs and appendages for advanced AI software suites that are getting better at accomplishing complicated tasks with minimal human intervention.
IoT technologies are already finding their way into commercial airline fleets, where they are making aviation safer, smarter and more efficient.
Will virtual reality (VR) still be a thing 20 or 30 years from now? A lot of smart people seem to think so. Companies like Facebook are so confident that they’ve rebranded and have aggressively pivoted toward the “Metaverse.” Microsoft has acquired companies like Activision Blizzard in part because it will “provide building blocks for the metaverse.” Google has invested nearly $40 million into a private equity fund focused on metaverse projects.
Interest in electric-powered transportation has reached a fever pitch in recent years. The national and global motivation to switch to electric vehicles has two primary triggers: environmentalism and national security.
Regardless of how you feel about climate change, environmental rhetoric has been the most impactful driver of the massive public and private investment in electric vehicle research and manufacturing.
There’s also been long-standing concern about the U.S. and Europe’s reliance on foreign oil, especially when the primary suppliers of petroleum frequently have worldviews and value systems that stand in stark contrast to prevalent ideologies in Western countries.
Touchscreen controls have been a mainstay of cutting-edge cabin control for most of the previous decade. They’re sleeker, more aesthetically pleasing and less intrusive than many traditional button panels. Touchscreen applications can be much more easily updated and customized than physical buttons and knobs. It’s just a matter of updating software rather than replacing panels and modifying interior spaces.
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Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology has upped the quality of movie and TV viewing in aircraft cabins – but traditional entertainment isn’t all these new screens offer. OLED has also dramatically altered cabin atmosphere modification and design options. Whether OLED will join seatback screens or inflight Wi-Fi as mileposts in IFEC and cabin customization remains to be seen, but it holds that potential.
Yes – you can use Bluetooth headphones on planes. That’s because they’re short-range devices and generally cause negligible interference for aircraft. The FAA – a stickler when it comes to aircraft safety – decided Bluetooth was safe in 2013.
Passengers are intimately familiar with both apps and streaming, which is likely why so many airlines are embracing both solutions for IFEC. Although you can still find some traditional television on domestic flights, it’s quickly becoming less frequently utilized in favor of on-demand streaming through seatbacks or proprietary airline apps.
Despite their constrained size, cabins are complex environments. Since aircraft cabins are essentially a small, pressurized bubble of safety and comfort hurtling through the sky at hundreds of miles per hour, they, by necessity, require a lot of features and capabilities.
Aircraft owners have a lot of options when it comes to cabin displays. Personal, bulkhead and cabin display placement choices are not only important for aesthetics and convenience but also for viewing quality. In addition to offering placement flexibility, many of Rosen Aviation’s displays are available with multiple mounting and bezel options to best match the interior design of your cabin.
Not everything is available on streaming, but that’s not the only reason many private jet and business jet flyers prefer Blu-Ray over streaming. Connectivity in the air still isn’t perfect. Connection stability depends on the antenna a plane is using and the method by which internet is being captured by the jet. Even the best and most reliable in-air broadband connections aren’t perfect, and it’s difficult to maintain 100-percent uptime on many flights – especially international flights.
The technology that makes moving maps work on aircraft isn’t really all that different from the GPS used in vehicles or on most apps or websites that offer moving map technology. Some moving map applications have a static little dot in the middle and the map itself moves as the device moves. Most map smart phone apps function this way – your device dot doesn’t move but the map itself shifts based on where you’re at respective to the map.
This year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) and World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) will be held virtually, which is good news for global experts in the cabin and passenger experience industry who can’t make the trip to Hamburg, Germany. The Passenger Experience Conference is held simultaneously so professionals in both cabin design and passenger experience can collaborate and share ideas on modern air travel.
There’s no single simple answer to this question. In some regards yes, even passengers in economy and coach seating on a commercial flight will enjoy some of the same benefits that were at one time exclusive to private and business jet passengers. In other respects, no, there are some physical and spatial realities that simply make it impossible for the average major airlines flyer to enjoy the same type of passenger experience.
When consumers are looking for advice on a particular topic, they generally seek out people who have opinions informed by real-world experience.
If you want advice on whether to fight a traffic citation you might ask the lawyer who lives next door. If you have an unknown medical concern, you might call your cousin the doctor. If your air conditioner is making a weird noise when it turns on, you’ll probably call your usual HVAC contractor or handyman.
Aviation broadband Wi-Fi is essentially a wireless connection to in-flight internet. With Wi-Fi on solid ground being found in nearly every home and business, it is no surprise Wi-Fi is now becoming a standard aircraft commodity.
The world has become dependent on the internet. We run businesses, shop, work, stream and browse all day, every day. According to Pew Research Center, 31 percent of American adults are almost constantly online. People always have an expectation for access to networks, and flights are no exception.
Streaming sports hasn’t yet come close to reaching its ceiling. A 2019 study estimated sports streaming would grow from $48.6 billion to $85 billion by 2024. Soccer – the world’s most widely consumed sport – was expected to nearly triple from $12.8 billion to $31.9 billion.
The average aircraft has 138 seats according to Plane Stats. Each individual seat on an aircraft must be designed to fit many different sizes and forms.
Comfort and personal space are always a concern when it comes to the cabin experience, especially on long flights. New innovations in smart seats are intended to improve those in-flight conditions.
Voting has opened for the 2021 International Yacht and Aviation Awards, and Rosen’s Maverick Project has been shortlisted as a finalist for this prestigious recognition of insight and innovation.
In our blog about the rise of inflight entertainment we wrote a bit about pneumatic, hollow tube headphones. There was nothing electronic about these headphones. They were just hollow tubes with earpieces attached. The listener would plug the end of the tubes over a small but otherwise unremarkable speaker. The speaker would send the audio up the tubes and into the listener’s ears.
Our own Lee Clark, Senior VP of Strategy, recently competed in the Sonora Rally in The Sonora Mexico Desert, the only North American feeder to the world famous Dakar Rally.
Inflight entertainment has been around nearly as long as commercial air travel. The forms IFE has taken over the past century have changed quite a bit.
Interior designers have long strived to make rooms feel larger. There are all kind of tricks and optical illusions they can implement to convince an occupant’s subconscious that the space they’re in is bigger than its actual measurements suggest.
aircraft refurbishment experts are the best source for cabin upgrade ideas, providing both creative design ideas as well as an intimate understanding of aircraft certification processes. There are also quite a few industry publications and aviation organizations that compile some of the latest innovations in aviation design and technology. Lastly, various websites and apps can certainly spark inspiration for cabin upgrades and remodels.
Aircraft cabin design is a combination of floor planning, information and entertainment integration and installation, safety regulation implementation and interior decorating – all inside the limited confines of an airplane. Aircraft cabin design encompasses everything from window dressings and seat fabric to lighting, screen placement and wiring.
The average properly maintained business jet or private aircraft has an estimated operating life of 25 years, and in some cases longer. What qualifies as the latest and greatest inflight entertainment, and the average business flyer or private jet passenger’s comfort expectations, will undoubtably change several times during each jet’s service life.
Connectivity, when combined with other cabin technologies and comforts, is an important part of modern air travel. Connectivity allows passengers to conduct business, stream movies and music and communicate with people on the ground. Private and business aircraft equipped with IFEC packages including high-resolution displays, great connectivity and other comforts can make an aircraft cabin an ideal space to relax or get work done.
As part of our continually expanding Cabin Management & Technology Systems capabilities, for customers such as Aerion Supersonic, Rosen is proud to introduce the newest member of our insightful team of advocates: Jeremy Kneuper. A talented Systems Engineer with nearly 15 years of experience, Jeremy will be serving as Senior System Architect for CMTS solutions. We sat down with Jeremy to share a little more about his background and the innovative ideas he will bring to the industry.
The rumors of SkyMall’s demise are greatly exaggerated – sort of. The pre-inflight-internet ‘90s may well have been the dark ages when you consider IFE available during this time. Passengers were limited to one – maybe two – inflight movies, whatever archaic paper book or magazine they carried onto the plane and potentially some kind of Discman or Walkman.
According to Skytrax, the global organization that ranks and awards airlines for things like “best economy class cabin” and “best regional airlines”, the four airlines with the best inflight entertainment (IFE) are foreign carriers. The highest ranked U.S. carrier in 2019 (2020 awards were cancelled due to COVID) was Delta Air Lines, which was ranked fifth best IFE worldwide.
Most people who travel commercial carriers with any kind of regularity are familiar with the pre-takeoff instructions, “All cellular telephones and other portable electronic devices must be turned off and stowed for departure.”
What’s the deal with those requests? And why does nothing bad ever happen despite many people defying this directive from a plane’s crew?
These may seem like two different topics but there is one key commonality – whether you’re an adult traveling for business or a parent traveling with children, distraction is of the utmost importance.
People who travel frequently for business spend a significant amount of their downtime on flights. For many professionals, this time is precious and helps maintain good mental health. You should never waste an opportunity to unwind, especially if those opportunities are few and far between.
As with all other professional industries and areas of life in 2020, there looms many questions about what the aviation industry will look like post-COVID-19.
In the early months of the novel coronavirus spread, commercial airlines began taking various steps for improve terminal and in-flight health and safety standards.
When the Concorde touched its wheels down for the last time in 2003, it created a void in the aviation market for an accessible supersonic, commercial option. Two US companies are pursuing hopes of developing the next commercial supersonic jet. Each is targeting slightly different potential customers.
Embedded inflight entertainment (IFE) are things like seatback displays that are literally embedded into cabin fixtures. Since the advent of smart devices and Wi-Fi, there’s been a debate in the aviation industry about the continued necessity of embedded IFE in passenger aircraft of all types.
Competition over passengers in 2020 is particularly tough for carriers of all types. Most forecasts predict the volume of travelers will continue to be suppressed into 2021, and maybe beyond.
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