Airbus has made Cobalt’s LED lighting system a retrofit solution for the A320, A330 and A340 family aircraft. It is also available as part of the Airbus Airspace cabin experience.

Joël Frugier, CEO of Airbus Interiors Services, stated, “We chose to partner with Cobalt Aerospace to offer our customers a new competitive and innovative retrofit solution for best-in-class led lighting. Our customers will benefit from a cutting-edge LED system, which is simple to install and operate, as well as Airbus integrated documentation, the highest quality standards and Airtac support.”

Ben Brown, co-founder and director of operations said, “Our Spectrum lighting product is one of the most disruptive seen for a long time in the aerospace interiors marketplace, combining highly advanced technical features with unrivalled comfort and passenger experience. The Airbus decision is very significant because it shows how serious they are about supporting the growing airline pull for agile, cutting edge cabin interior solutions.”

Mataki Group, the newly established air wellness company, has partnered with SkyLights to add its fear-of-flying relaxation videos to its Allosky VR Inflight Entertainment (IFE) catalogue. Guided by airline pilot and flight-phobia expert Mathieu Leroy, the videos walk passengers through a program specifically designed to counter flying anxieties felt by a reported 43% of passengers.

In the videos, Mathieu Leroy (pictured left) an aircraft pilot and flight-phobia expert, draws on human factor and neuroscience techniques to put passengers at ease during their flight and educate them about flying, turbulence and flight safety.

“The conscious brain processes around seven pieces of information every second, the majority of which comes from visual stimuli with audio coming in a close second. Thanks to the immersive environment created by SkyLights’ Allosky headset coupled with noise-cancelling headphones we have the fantastic opportunity to leverage all of this sensory input to diffuse flight anxieties in a highly effective way,” said Mathieu Leroy, Mataki Group’s CEO.

“Leveraging the immersive capacity of the Allosky headset to help passengers escape the cabin and relieve their flight phobia makes all the sense in the world. Mataki Group’s content will improve the flying experience for so many people and we are delighted to make it part of our new air wellness category,” said David Dicko, SkyLights’ CEO.

The United Kingdom Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has ruled in favour Ofcom’s European Aviation Network (EAN) authorisation decision.

The judgement dismisses ViaSat’s arguments that includes the assertions that ‘Ofcom acted in breach of general principles of EU law in granting the Authorisation because the operation of a terrestrial network by Inmarsat represents a substantial modification to the terms upon which Inmarsat was granted the right to use the 2GHz Band; and that the EAN as a whole is not a mobile satellite system.

The Complementary Ground Components (CGC) authorisation granted by Ofcom to Inmarsat for the EAN system remains in full force and effect.

In a statement, Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat commented, “We welcome today’s decision and look forward to the European Aviation Network delivering a world-class Wi-Fi experience to airline passengers in the UK and throughout Europe.

“Today’s judgement clearly highlights the diligent work undertaken by Ofcom in the process by which they awarded the CGC authorisation to Inmarsat.

“EAN represents an outstanding technological innovation, which has taken years of hard work and commitment to deliver and I am delighted to say it will very shortly be available to passengers across Europe.”

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) has formally petitioned the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue rules to limit temperature extremes on flights.

According to the AFA petition, “there are currently no operational temperature standards that apply to the actual airplane environment for passengers and crews.” Rules are needed it says “to prevent actual consumer harm.”

“This is a problem that can be easily fixed,” said AFA President Sara Nelson. “Some airlines have internal policies on temperature, but without consistent rules, the policies fail to meet acceptable standards and fixing extreme temperatures is often prioritised last. The fact is that no rules require airlines and airports to take this issue seriously. We know that the first step to fixing a problem is defining it.”

AFA is recommending the adoption of a standard that would set a target temperature range in flight and on the ground of 65-75°F, with a maximum allowed temperature of 80°F inflight and on the ground. With the exception that if all in flight entertainment units are operating, then a maximum of 85°F is acceptable.

The standard was developed in 2007 and updated this year by a committee of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) working with aircraft manufacturers, airlines, and crewmember and passenger groups.

The AFA petition urges DOT to adopt these standards, called ASHRAE 161, as regulations that apply to all US commercial airlines and flights. It recommends that DOT encourage airlines to follow the standards prior to a final rule being issued. And it calls for the creation of an advisory committee to advise DOT on cabin environmental conditions “to ensure the highest levels of safety, health, and comfort for airline passengers and crewmembers.”

To help build the case for the standards, AFA has developed a free mobile app, which it released in August, for passengers and flight crews to document and report incidents of extreme temperatures. The 2Hot2Cold App tool allows users to report in-cabin temperatures by flight. AFA will catalogue the information and share it with DOT and airlines.

All AFA members have also been issued with thermometers.

The 2Hot2Cold app gives a voice to passengers,” said Nelson. “It’s a constructive way for them and flight attendants to express their discomfort and provide concrete evidence to bolster our efforts to secure reasonable temperatures on planes. This is an issue we face year ‘round. The energy among flight attendants to focus on a solution is extraordinary. The problem is bigger than anyone can imagine today and together we’re going to document it and put an end to it.