BUSINESS AVIATION

View Smart Glass Improves Energy Efficiency and Passenger Experience at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

View, Inc. | June 21, 2022

View Smart
View, Inc. a leader in smart building technologies, announced that its smart glass has been installed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s (PHX) new “Eighth Concourse” at Terminal 4, also known as T4 S1. The 275,000-square-foot expansion occupied by Southwest Airlines formally opened Monday morning, after a ribbon cutting ceremony attended Friday by Southwest Airlines’ CEO, Bob Jordan, U.S. Congressman Greg Stanton, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, McCarthy Building Companies’ Southwest President, Justin Kelton, and View’s CEO, Dr. Rao Mulpuri.

The new concourse, designed by the architecture team of SmithGroup and Corgan to take advantage of the terminal’s natural light and picturesque view, is enclosed with floor-to-ceiling View Smart Glass. The glass uses artificial intelligence to automatically adjust in response to the sun, maximizing access to daylight and outdoor views while blocking heat and glare to optimize passenger comfort and reduce energy consumption from lighting and HVAC by up to 20%. View Smart Glass plays an integral role in PHX’s plans to elevate the passenger experience and achieve LEED Silver certification.

We designed the Terminal 4 expansion to enhance the travel experience and reduce the airport’s environmental impact. View’s innovative technology directly supports both goals by improving passenger comfort while reducing energy demand.”

Chad Makovsky, Director of Aviation Services for PHX

“We wanted the Eighth Concourse to highlight PHX’s unique location in the Sonoran Desert and stunning views of the mountains south of the city, but we needed a solution to reduce the intense glare that comes with the region’s 296 days of sunshine,” said Russ Sanders, Vice President of Design Integration for McCarthy Building Companies, the general contractor for the project. “View Smart Glass helped us deliver a comfortable, energy-efficient environment without having to compromise on beautiful design.”

In a study on natural light and the airport experience, passengers who boarded at gates with View Smart Glass were 68% more likely to report a higher satisfaction rate and rated the airport as 33% more modern, efficient, bright, and comfortable. A similar study on daylight and views found that seats at gates with View Smart Glass were 15 degrees cooler than those with traditional windows, helping passengers stay comfortable and enabling them to spend more time and money at restaurants, bars, and shops within the airport.

“PHX recognizes that the airport of the future is not only smart and sustainable but fun and enjoyable as well,” said Kristi Crase, Director of Aviation Business at View. “Airports across the country are adopting View Smart Glass to transform their facilities into destinations.”

PHX is part of a growing list of airports across the country with View Smart Glass, including New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Memphis International Airport (MEM), Spokane International Airport (GEG), Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), and the recently announced installation at Missoula Montana Airport (MSO).

About View
View delivers optimal human experiences in buildings. We started by revolutionizing something that hadn’t changed for centuries—the simple window—and in so doing, built the only complete, modular, cloud-native platform to deliver on the promise of smart buildings. View Smart Glass and the Smart Building Cloud transform buildings into responsive environments that continuously adjust to meet human needs for natural light, connection to nature, fresh air, and comfortable temperatures while improving energy efficiency and increasing profits for building owners and their tenants. Today, View’s products are installed and designed into more than 100 million square feet of buildings, including offices, apartments, schools, hospitals, airports, and hotels. 

About Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 125,000 passengers arrived at and departed from Sky Harbor every day. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the airport.

Spotlight

Boeing failed to tell airline pilots about features of a new flight-control system suspected of playing a role in the fatal crash of an Indonesian 737 MAX plane, according to pilots who fly the jet in the U.S. Pilots say they were not trained in new features of an anti-stall system in the aircraft that differ from previous models of the popular 737.


Other News
AVIATION TECHNOLOGY

Kaman Corporation Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire the Parker-Hannifin Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division

Kaman | May 30, 2022

Kaman Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Parker-Hannifin Corporation under which Kaman will acquire Parker’s aircraft wheel & brake division for $440 million, subject to a customary working capital adjustment and the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals (the “Transaction”). Parker is divesting Aircraft Wheel & Brake in order to secure approval from certain governmental authorities in connection with Parker’s previously announced offer to acquire Meggitt PLC. Aircraft Wheel & Brake has been a trusted provider of mission-critical wheel and brake technology products and solutions for more than eighty years. With a strong product portfolio supporting more than 100 platforms, Aircraft Wheel & Brake specializes in wheels, brakes and related hydraulic components for fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft. They have long-standing global relationships with leading military and general aviation customers providing customized proprietary designs, protected by intellectual property. Aircraft Wheel & Brake operates out of one centralized facility in Avon, Ohio, providing a full suite of capabilities including design, development and qualification, as well as manufacturing and assembly, product support and repairs. “We are executing on our strategic priority of growing through accretive M&A, by expanding our Engineered Products segment by adding capabilities in markets that we know well. The complementary acquisition of Aircraft Wheel & Brake will advance this strategy by expanding the breadth of our product offerings, increasing our exposure to attractive markets, and driving meaningful near-term margin and cash flow accretion. We are excited to add the experienced Aircraft Wheel & Brake management team to our organization while utilizing their leading proprietary technology and strong customer relationships.” Ian Walsh, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Russ Bartlett, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Engineered Products Segment Lead added, “Like Kaman, Aircraft Wheel & Brake prides itself on its best-in-class engineering and innovation and an engaged and loyal workforce that is dedicated to commercial excellence. We believe our similar cultures and customer-centric approaches make our organizations an outstanding match. We are excited for the Aircraft Wheel & Brake employees to join the Kaman team and work together to solve our customers’ toughest challenges.” About Kaman Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, conducts business in the aerospace & defense, industrial and medical markets. Kaman produces and markets proprietary aircraft bearings and components; super precision, miniature ball bearings; proprietary spring energized seals, springs and contacts; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; safe and arming solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; restoration, modification and support of our SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters; and manufacture and support of our heavy lift K-MAX® manned helicopter, the K-MAX TITAN unmanned helicopter and the KARGO UAV unmanned aerial system, a purpose built autonomous medium lift logistics vehicle.

Read More

BUSINESS AVIATION

SICK and Aeva Partner to Bring 4D LiDAR to Industrial Sensing Applications

Aeva Technologies, Inc. | August 02, 2022

Aeva® a leader in next-generation sensing and perception systems, and SICK AG announced a strategic multi-year collaboration to bring Aeva’s FMCW 4D LiDAR™ to a variety of industrial sensing applications including long range sensing, starting with Aeries™ II. “We are pleased to partner with Aeva and work closely together to bring its FMCW technology to high performance industrial sensing applications. We are convinced that their unique approach to FMCW technology, which includes instant velocity detection and long range performance, will provide new opportunities for us and our customers in a variety of industrial sensing applications where traditional time of flight LiDAR technologies are challenged.” Dr. Niels Syassen, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Technology and Digitization at SICK Aeva’s FMCW 4D LiDAR technology provides unique perception advantages over other sensing technologies like cameras and legacy 3D LiDAR sensors. This includes better dynamic range performance to perceive low and high reflectivity targets within the same measurement without edge effects, allowing automated machinery to transition easily from indoor to outdoor operation. Because Aeva’s technology is immune to blooming and ghosting from retroreflectors, automated machines using Aeva’s 4D LiDAR will have clear perception when highly reflective objects such as safety vests, cones and tape are in the field of view of the sensor. The technology clearly detects low and highly reflective objects such as safety vests, pylons and adhesive tapes in the sensor's field of view. FMCW helps increase reliability and efficiency in demanding 3D applications. “SICK is one of the foremost leaders in industrial sensing solutions and today’s partnership is a major step forward for the advancement of high performance and reliable FMCW-based sensing across a broad set of industrial applications,” said Soroush Salehian, Co-founder and CEO at Aeva. “This strategic collaboration is a testament to the industry-leading performance and versatility of our unique 4D LiDAR technology for scaled deployment in industrial applications.” About SICK AG SICK is one of the world’s leading solutions providers for sensor-based applications in the industrial sector. Founded in 1946 by Dr.-Ing. e. h. Erwin Sick, the company with headquarters in Waldkirch im Breisgau near Freiburg ranks among the technological market leaders. With more than 50 subsidiaries and equity investments as well as numerous agencies, SICK maintains a presence around the globe. In the 2021 fiscal year, SICK had more than 11,000 employees worldwide and a group revenue of around EUR 2 billion. About Aeva Technologies, Inc. Aeva’s mission is to bring the next wave of perception to a broad range of applications from automated driving to industrial robotics, consumer electronics, consumer health, security and beyond. Aeva is transforming autonomy with its groundbreaking sensing and perception technology that integrates all key LiDAR components onto a silicon photonics chip in a compact module. Aeva 4D LiDAR sensors uniquely detect instant velocity in addition to 3D position, allowing autonomous devices like vehicles and robots to make more intelligent and safe decisions.

Read More

AVIATION TECHNOLOGY

Colambda Technologies sites revenues of its subsidiary, Job Aire Group

Colambda Technologies | June 18, 2022

Colambda Technologies Inc, formerly named New Century Resources Corporation proudly announces, its subsidiary, Job Aire Group (JAG) has opened a satellite office in Mexico City giving it greater access to international markets. Nick Ammons, JAG President, indicated the year-to-date revenues are over $10,000,000. Ammons expects to grow JAG, diversify its market presence, and facilitate Colambda Technologies' move into manufacturing of the Emissions Zero Module technology on a much larger scale. JAG was acquired to facilitate the development of Colambda Technologies' flagship product, the Emissions Zero Module, for use on piston driven general aviation (GA) aircraft and to obtain Premarket Approval from the FAA for use on all GA aircraft. JAG is a multi-technical aviation company specializing in contract labor, aircraft and engine inspection, and aeronautical engineering. The company also assists clients with aircraft repair and refurbishment.

Read More

AIR TRANSPORT

Sentient Jet Announces Breakthrough in Digital Innovation With ‘Auto Text-to-Book’

Sentient Jet | June 20, 2022

Sentient Jet, inventor of the private jet card and an industry pioneer, announces the company’s newest digital innovation: automated text-to-book, further simplifying the digital transaction process and providing its card owners a more thoughtful way to fly. With this digital advancement, card owners have quoting and booking capabilities via text, alleviating the need for human contact entirely. With user-authenticated, automated, Artificial Intelligence-like interaction, internal and external users can quote and book a flight in less than 60 seconds. This automation removes significant downtime from the booking process and continues to show how Sentient Jet systematizes both interactions and workflow to progress as an innovator and leader in the digital aviation space. It’s also a significant bridge to Sentient Jet’s proprietary workflow and booking systems. This newest innovation helps to facilitate and ease the complex private aviation navigation process and organically integrates into Jet Card Owners day-to-day routines without the need for additional installs. Reinforcing simplistic digital, friction-free technology to enhance the customer journey remains a top priority and key differentiator for the brand as they evolve further within the digital sphere. As evidenced by the company's mobile bookings, Sentient Jet card owners have already embraced digital transactions. Since its launch, Sentient Jet’s recently updated mobile application has seen nearly $300MM in total flights booked through the application, and, in addition, there continues to be unique paths to upgrades and various automated service layers that align seamlessly with the world-class service interactions of Sentient Jet’s senior client management teams. As card owners continue to embrace mobile and the need for more straightforward transactions increase, Sentient Jet moves further into the digital space by rolling out auto text-to-book. A private aviation industry first, auto text-to-book allows card owners access to Sentient Jet’s smart and secure electronic service team where they can book travel to and from anywhere in the world from the messaging application on their smartphone. This innovation is a turning point in the company’s digital journey and across the industry as it provides its card owners an even more straightforward way to transact. As the only tool of this kind in the private aviation space, Sentient’s unique text-to-book feature boasts unmatched features like instant pricing and clear AI prompted navigation and is scheduled to launch by Summer of 2022. “We’re big believers in the future of ‘text-based commerce’ and are working to pave the way to introduce more AI-like interactions into the travel industry. This new way of booking is a real innovation in an already incredibly dynamic and complex market. Sentient Jet is streamlining the process in such a way that it puts the control in the users’ hands. We are thrilled to be at the forefront of a new chapter in the history of private aviation technology," Andrew Collins, President and CEO of Sentient Jet How it works Sentient’s smart electronic service team will guide you through a series of simple prompts, collect your necessary trip information, and present you with quote options to confirm the trip of your choice. Confirmation takes less than 30 seconds, and you’re done! Sentient Jet’s newest digital innovation auto text-to-book helps to facilitate and ease the private aviation navigation process and organically integrates into Jet Card Owners day-to-day routines without the need for additional installs. Reinforcing simplistic digital technology to enhance the customer journey remains a top priority and key differentiator for the brand as they evolve further within the digital space. About Sentient Jet Founded in 1999 and now an integral part of Directional Aviation, Sentient Jet is one of the leading private aviation companies in the country. The Sentient Jet Card Program offers clients the flexibility and convenience of flying private for their personal and business air travel needs with industry-leading value. Sentient Jet is known for outstanding service and a commitment to safety programs, including the industry’s first and only Independent Safety Advisory Board. Sentient Jet’s extensive network of certified operators ensures that clients will always have access to executive aircraft that meet their rigorous standards for safety and quality.

Read More

Spotlight

Boeing failed to tell airline pilots about features of a new flight-control system suspected of playing a role in the fatal crash of an Indonesian 737 MAX plane, according to pilots who fly the jet in the U.S. Pilots say they were not trained in new features of an anti-stall system in the aircraft that differ from previous models of the popular 737.

Resources