dimmable windowsRaytheon is offering electronic dimmable window shade systems for all in-service models of its Beechcraft King Air family, of which there are more than 6,200 in operation. The Wichita, Kansas-based airframer says it "is evaluating the system for potential applications in other aircraft", but admits "no specific plans are yet in place".

The window shades, supplied by InspecTech Aero Service under a supplemental type certificate issued on 16 January, allow passengers and flightcrew to instantly control the darkness of cabin windows by varying the tint.

The window shades can also be centrally controlled by the flightcrew and they protect cabin interiors from excessive solar heat as well as sun bleaching when electrical power is turned off, says Raytheon.

Source: Flight International