Zodiac Aerospace is among three finalists in the “Cabin Systems” category of the Crystal Cabin Awards and has come up with a system for managing cabin baggage in overhead compartments. Similar to the green arrows in multi-storey car parks, lights above the overhead baggage lockers indicate free space for cabin baggage. The concept also includes larger space for suitcases, so that the finalist promises less cabin baggage anxiety. Another anticipated finalist is the “Watchdog” by Airbus. It addresses a problem that may sound absurd but in fact generates enormous costs in aviation every year: accidental activation of the emergency escape chutes on the ground when crew members open the aircraft doors. The “Watchdog” sensor warns whenever there is a movement near the door handle, which will help minimise this dangerous and costly source of error.
Meanwhile, Diehl Aerospace and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts have combined data and electric cables in their jointly developed “Power Line Communication”. Their entry saves huges amounts of material and weight in the aircraft.
“Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment” category
Efficiency and sustainability are at the forefront of the “Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment” category. This year’s finalists include the U.S. based “GermFalcon” company. Their cleaning device for cabins uses ultraviolet C light, which removes bacteria and viruses from seats and other surfaces without using chemical agents. Airbus is also among the finalists with the ReTrolley – a rubbish collection trolley allowing the crew to sort and compress waste while they pass through the cabin.
The “Revolution Toilet” by Zodiac Aerospace also aims to fight bacteria. Not only does it consist of recycled composite fibre materials and saves water, it is also merciless with germs on the toilet edge thanks to special vents.
International competitory vying for awards
A total of 85 shortlisted entrants from 21 nations have made the 2017 Crystal Cabin Awards more popular than ever in their eleven-year history. The seven winners of the Crystal Cabin Awards will be announced on the first evening of the Aircraft Interiors Expo (April 4-6, 2017) in Hamburg’s Hotel Kempinski.