Posted on: 03 October 2014 by Mark Howells
Following Bombardier’s recent delivery of its first EASA registered Learjet 75 to Groupe Roullier in France – after the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft received official certification from EASA on 12 September – Inflight-Online.com takes a look at the jet’s in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) capabilities.
Bombardier selected Lufthansa Technik’s ‘nice HD’ cabin management and in-flight entertainment (CMS/IFE) system for the Learjet 70 and 75, which is also installed on the company’s Challenger 300 and Learjet 85 aircraft.
Explaining the difference between a CMS/IFE system on a business jet and IFEC on a commercial aircraft, Bombardier commented, “the main differentiating factor of the IFEC system available on the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft is the integration with personal devices as well as its simple and intuitive user interface.”
Bombardier continues, “The IFEC system provides passengers with the ability to board with devices such as gaming consoles or iPods and broadcast content to pop-up monitors and cabin speakers.” Personal devices are connected via both a wired and wireless high-bandwidth Ethernet network, which is enabled by a number of media interfaces (Apple, USB and HDMI).
Not all pop-up screens or personal devices have to be streaming the same content, as a multifunctional nice HD media centre unit can be transformed into an Audio Video On-demand service, “enabling each passenger to watch individual media selections.”
Other features include individual 7” pop-up monitors at each seat (bar those on an emergency exit), as well as a main 12.1” HD forward bulkhead monitor, as well as “Trim panel speakers which provide evenly dispersed sound throughout the cabin. Wherever you sit, the sound is clear with no peak loudness or distorted areas like conventional cone speakers.”
All of these IFEC capabilities can also be managed in multiple ways. “Optionally, passengers can opt to control the cabin through their personal device. Finally, a Galley Control Panel permits pilots or crew members to control the cabin or setup entertainment sources for passengers,” Bombardier explains.
When they were asked how the IFEC on the new Learjets were competing with similar systems on other business aircraft, Bombardier responded, “The Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft’s IFEC showcases a great baseline offering which provide more entertainment capability than any aircraft in the light and super light segments.” And if this is only the baseline, we look forward to seeing what other IFEC features Bombardier’s business aircraft may support in the future.
Stephanie Taylor, editorial assistant, Inflight / Inflight-Online.com