Cabin Electronics Manufacturers 2011

Buyers' Guide » 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011 - 5:00am

Cabin electronics options continue to expand and improve. At the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention last October, it seemed as though every other exhibit featured airborne high-speed Internet connectivity, e-mail access through BlackBerries or iPhones, wireless interfaces, Blu-ray players, high-definition screens or docks for MP3 ­players. Apps were offered for everything from fuel pricing to cabin management.

Gulfstream introduced its G650 at the show and ­noted that it would be equipped with the company's own cabin-management system. The manufacturer also said passengers would be able to control everything from ­window shades to movies by using an iPod touch synched to a particular seat.

There's only one problem with all this: the technology is advancing so rapidly that the latest and greatest, selected during the design of a jet interior, may well be outdated by the time the airplane is delivered. But that's life in the technology fast lane.

These cabin electronics manufacturers can take you there.

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