A CESSNA CITATION V has become the first business jet to be fitted with fibre-optic cabin lighting. The aircraft was equipped by lighting-system developer Avtec and cabin light-levels have increased, the Cahokia, Illinois-based company says.

Fibre-optic lighting systems are now approved for installation on any aircraft, says Avtec.

They eliminate the installation, maintenance and radio-interference difficulties experienced with conventional fluorescent lights. One 4,000h-life bulb serves for each system, with a fibre-optic light tube replacing high-voltage wires running through the cabin to fluorescent lights.

Avtec says that its system is being used to install lighted logos and designs in cabin bulkheads and carpets. The company says that maintenance costs are reduced, with the fibre-optic light tube having an estimated 20-year life.

Source: Flight International