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Futuristic aircraft seats that were nominated for Crystal Cabin Awards in 2022

10 New Conceptual Airplane Seats at Aircraft Interiors 2022.

1.Lufthansa Technik AG

With AeroFLAX, Lufthansa Technik has developed the first renewable, eco-efficient, and airworthy prepare for aviation. The unique combination of flax fibers and a bio-based resin system allows for a revolutionary optimization of the component weight by up to 20% and additional CO2e savings over the entire lifecycle of the component.

Lufthansa Technik’s unique and patented repair solution offers a sustainable and cost-saving way to renew any VIP cabin. By repairing inside the cabin, this solution is up to eight times cheaper and up to nine times faster than conventional methods. With a wide range of cabin surface materials and imitation surface patterns, our experts can refresh cabins during routine maintenance or short ground times. The idea behind it: instead of replacing cabin furniture, it is renewed sustainably with minimal use of materials. The combination of traditional craftsmanship and advanced technology makes cabin refurbishment unique. The approved method can be applied to any cabin without the need for qualification.

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2. Pexco Aerospace

AirShield is a cabin-air wellbeing device that re-purposes the airflow from existing overhead air vents to create protective air barriers around and in-between each passenger in an airplane cabin. The patent-pending device works alongside existing cabin airflow infrastructure. It has been proven to reduce sharing of exhaled particles between passengers by 76% while increasing the droplets purged from the cabin by 230%. A practical solution that is easy to install and retrofit, proven effective, and passenger preferred, AirShield is available from Pexco Aerospace and is targeted to be FAA certified for flight in Q2 2022.

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3.Airbus Corporate Jets

Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) and Latécoère Interconnection Systems (LIS) have co-developed a new and unique In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) technology – “The ACJ Smart LiFi Monitor” aiming to bring the on-ground experience to the sky. This all in one display integrates all the main features of current state of the art IFE systems while being designed to be an easy plug and play solution and is ready for all the new future cabin generations.

4.Collins Aerospace air lounge

The AirLounge is not a traditional aircraft seat but takes inspiration from lounge furniture. The seat is designed to maximize comfort, space, and freedom to move during a long-haul flight. The clean lines and the dark, comforting colour scheme follow Finnair’s Nordic design style that is visible also in Finnair’s lounges in the non-Schengen area at Helsinki Airport.

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5.Collins Aerospace Hypergamut

 Collins Aerospace launched its Hypergamut™ Lighting System at the Aircraft Interiors Exposition in Hamburg, Germany. The advanced full-cabin lighting system is attuned to human biology to reduce passenger jetlag, color-optimized to improve the appearance of materials, food and fixtures throughout the cabin and autotomized to intelligently sync with real-time flight data to enable predictive and independent functionality. A first of its kind solution for aircraft interiors, the Hypergamut Lighting System is a finalist in the Health and Safety category of the Crystal Cabin Awards and scheduled for entry into service in early 2024.

6.Collins Aerospace spacechiller

 

Collins Aerospace has introduced SpaceChiller™, a modular thermoelectric cooling system scalable to fit a variety of applications throughout an aircraft’s interior. Introduced at the Aircraft Interiors Exposition in Hamburg, Germany, SpaceChiller quietly and efficiently chills compartments to food-safe temperatures without the use of refrigerants that may impact global warming.

With applications ranging from premium suites and passenger social zones to single galley inserts and whole cart bays, airlines benefit from flexibility in service, storage and space without sacrificing room for passengers and flight attendants.

7. Flying disabled

Power Wheelchair users are the most vulnerable passengers that fly. These numbers have increased over the decades, yet the aircraft cabin has not changed or adapted for this rising demographic. It is with the emphasis passenger safety that solutions must urgently be established and implemented. Once a solution has been applied, confidence will soar and the numbers flying will increase. Globally the disability market has a disposable income of over $13 Trillion. A market the Airline industry has yet to actively permeate.

8.Teague and NORDAM

Teague and NORDAM have created a cabin that offers passengers more personal space, privacy, and comfort in a home-like interior – without compromising existing passenger numbers. Single-aisle aircrafts are increasingly being used for long-haul flights. As more of these aircraft enter service, the onboard passenger experience is in direct competition with twin-aisle aircraft that fly the same routes. Passengers may feel the premium experience in a narrowbody cabin does not meet or exceed the standard of a widebody – owing to the reduced cabin footprint, seat pitch and constrained cabin architecture.

9.Thales avionics Optiq

Thales’s latest evolution of industry leading inflight entertainment (IFE) solutions. The system features a line of 4K HDR displays, dynamic power supply solutions, personalization and airline revenue generation capabilities. Optiq by Thales is the industry’s first line of intelligent 4K high dynamic range (HDR) displays enhanced with Samsung QLED proprietary technology. The new in-seat and cabin displays have a sleek passenger centric design focused on ergonomics and fits seamlessly into the modern cabin environment. Optiq provides passengers with the best experience in the air, with an unrivaled picture quality featuring more than one billion colors.

10. ZIM aircraft

The ZIMprivacy seat increases passenger comfort while also prioritizing privacy, giving more living space and a heightened sense of personal enclosure. The fixed seat back houses a special recline system offering the passenger several different body positions. Its fully mechanical assembly is easier to maintain than comparable electrically powered systems.

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Airbus presents new Wingman concept at ILA Berlin Airshow

Airbus presents new Wingman concept at ILA Berlin Airshow

At the prestigious ILA aerospace trade show in Berlin, Airbus Defence and Space made waves by introducing its pioneering Wingman concept, marking a significant leap forward in military aviation technology.

Teaming up with Helsing, Europe’s leading defense AI and software company, Airbus showcased a framework cooperation agreement aimed at revolutionizing the realm of artificial intelligence (AI) in defense.

Airbus Wingman

The Wingman concept represents a paradigm shift in aerial warfare, introducing unmanned platforms equipped with advanced AI capabilities to augment the capabilities of manned combat aircraft. Pilots in command aircraft such as the Eurofighter command these autonomous drones, positioning them to undertake high-risk mission tasks that would traditionally pose a significant threat to manned-only aircraft.

Central to the Wingman concept is Manned-Unmanned Teaming, wherein manned aircraft serve as “command fighters,” retaining ultimate control over mission decisions while delegating tactical tasks to unmanned systems. This synergistic collaboration promises to enhance mission flexibility, increase combat mass, and minimize risk exposure for pilots, thereby bolstering overall operational effectiveness.

The capabilities of the Wingman extend across a diverse spectrum of mission profiles, ranging from reconnaissance and target jamming to precision strikes against both ground and aerial targets. Equipped with advanced sensors, connectivity solutions, and a diverse array of armaments, the Wingman stands poised to redefine the operational landscape of modern air forces.

While the Wingman model showcased at ILA Berlin represents the pinnacle of current technological innovation, it also serves as a catalyst for future design iterations. As with any pioneering concept, refinement and evolution are inevitable, with each generation of the Wingman poised to push the boundaries of aerial warfare even further.

MQ-28 Ghost Bat

Boeing introduced the MQ-28 Ghost Bat, an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), which made its maiden flight in February 2021. Developed by Boeing Australia, the MQ-28 leverages artificial intelligence to serve as a force multiplier for manned fighter jets.

The Ghost Bat is engineered to operate in tandem with existing military aircraft, enhancing and extending the capabilities of airborne missions. This cost-effective UCAV is designed to work as an intelligent teammate, complementing and amplifying the effectiveness of manned operations in various mission profiles.

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Take First Glimpse of USAF B-21 Raider, Latest Nuclear Stealth Bomber

Take First Glimpse of USAF B-21 Raider, Latest Nuclear Stealth Bomber
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The United States Air Force (USAF) has unveiled the first photographs of the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider bomber in flight.

These images were captured during test flights conducted by the B-21 Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, marking a significant milestone in the development of this sixth-generation aircraft.

Currently undergoing flight tests in California, the B-21 Raider represents the next generation of stealth bombers. With an estimated cost of around $700 million per aircraft, the B-21 Raider is poised to become a crucial component of the USAF’s arsenal for conventional Long Range Strike missions.

According to Air Force briefings, the B-21 Raider will form part of a comprehensive family of systems, encompassing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance capabilities, electronic warfare, communication systems, and more. Notably, the bomber will be nuclear-capable and adaptable for both manned and unmanned operations.

It boasts the flexibility to deploy a wide array of stand-off and direct-attack munitions, ensuring versatility in various combat scenarios. One of the B-21’s distinguishing features is its extensive integration of digital technology, as highlighted in discussions held during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Designed with an open systems architecture, the B-21 Raider is built to swiftly incorporate emerging technologies, ensuring its effectiveness against evolving threats over time. The B-21 Raider is slated to replace the aging B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit bombers, bolstering US national security objectives and providing reassurance to allies and partners worldwide.

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Aurora Flight Sciences Unveils Innovative X-Plane Design

Aurora Flight Sciences Unveils Innovative X-Plane Design

Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing company, has recently completed the conceptual design review for a groundbreaking high-speed, vertical lift X-plane.

This aircraft, part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program called Speed and Runway Independent Technologies (SPRINT), aims to demonstrate key technologies and integrated concepts that combine high speed with runway independence.

Aurora’s design features a low-drag, fan-in-wing demonstrator integrated into a blended wing body platform. This innovative approach merges the agility of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) with exceptional speed capabilities.

The team is focused on ensuring the program’s success by setting the stage for successful flight demonstrations, showcasing a transformative capability for air mobility and Special Operations Forces (SOF) missions.

New renderings of the fan-in-wing (FIW) demonstrator show three lift fans, a more refined composite exterior, and an uncrewed cockpit. The decision to use three lift fans simplifies the demonstrator, streamlining its path to flight testing. This FIW technology can be scaled to incorporate four or more lift fans to meet future aircraft requirements, potentially leading to a new family of systems.

Additionally, while the current demonstrator is uncrewed to facilitate testing and reduce risk, the FIW technology is fully adaptable to crewed aircraft. Aurora’s concept is designed to meet or exceed DARPA’s challenging program objectives. The blended wing body platform is capable of a 450-knot cruise speed, and the embedded lift fans with integrated covers enable a smooth transition from vertical to horizontal flight.

The design also utilizes existing engine solutions, reducing development risks and timelines. Besides VTOL, the aircraft can perform short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL), super short take-off and landing (SSTOL), and conventional take-off and landing.

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