Posted on: 13 September 2010 by Ross McSweeny
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) has installed and certified the Lufthansa Technik niceview moving map system on a customer’s Learjet 60 XR aircraft. The company says the work took only two days to complete, making the installation of the niceview components a simple replacement for the existing in-flight entertainment system.
The installation can be easily combined with almost any scheduled inspection, LBAS says, avoiding any additional downtime to the charter operation of the aircraft.
Panaviatic, based in Tallinn, Estonia, is the first operator to offer the system to its customers. "You need not be a computer aficionado to immediately understand and enjoy the enhanced features which niceview adds to the pleasurable experience when flying in this fantastic aeroplane," says Panaviatic president Ken Koort.
Andreas Kaden, LBAS’ Managing Director says his company provided all the engineering work required to complete the installation, as well as the integration management and the certification of the system: "This is further proof that LBAS’ engineers are able to perform almost any aircraft modification," he adds.
The niceview moving map system provides worldwide, high-resolution 3D maps and virtual flights designed to create the ultimate flight information and viewing experience for VIP passengers. Integrating the latest flight simulation technology and authentic satellite maps, they system offers photorealistic 2D and 3D views for various infotainment features with resolutions down to one metre per pixel.
The niceview-equipped Learjet 60 XR will be showcased at exhibitions and marketing activities in the coming months, LBAS adds. The system is available for retrofit on any Learjet 60 XR aircraft currently equipped with a moving map system, and retrofit options for other Bombardier business aircraft models are promised soon.
Based at Berlin-Schoenefeld airport in Germany, LBAS is a subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik and Bombardier Aerospace specialising in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Bombardier Global, Challenger and Learjet business jets. The joint venture also includes the global business aircraft operator and service provider ExecuJet Aviation Group, headquartered in Switzerland, which joined LBAS in 2005.