UTC Aerospace Systems has unveiled a new VIP seat called the Model 1 that uses Bluetooth technology to allow passengers to wirelessly control seat functions.
The seat’s armrest includes a compartment that opens up to reveal a portable electronic device such as an iPad, which automatically charges when it is stowed. Passengers can then access an application that provides a menu with options to control movements of the seat, head rest, leg rest, lumbar and environmental controls.
By using the Bluetooth technology, the seat could also be capable of interfacing with the flight deck. For example, aircraft position information could be used to give the seat signals to move to an upright position on its own when the aircraft is about to land.
William Baumgarten, Jeff Werbelow & Mark Hulan. Image credit: Billypix
Along with wireless controls, the seat includes heating and cooling vents built into the seat itself, eliminating the need for overhead air vents.
UTC Aerospace Systems expects the full system to achieve certification by mid-2014, with deliveries starting in the mid-size to ultra-large business jet markets next year.
The seat includes a combination of three linear and rotary actuators to provide movements, which have been designed in a new way to be quieter and less maintenance intensive than traditional types.
“We wanted to get away from the typical actuation systems,” says Mark Hulan, UTC Aerospace Systems’ technical manager, business development, military and seating systems.
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