Blog | August 18, 2021 Written by: Camber Media Team
Private aviation has always been a hot topic when discussing the environment and recently, there have been many conversations regarding the relationship between private aviation, hygiene, and personal safety. However, this can make us forget that just as our homes are a reflection of ourselves, so too should be our private aircrafts. Now design companies are pulling out all the stops to help enhance your time in the air with custom interiors that reflect who you really are.
Whether flying economy or first class, no one likes to sit in airline chairs while eating. When using more luxurious forms of travel, like a private jet, expectations for a more comfortable experience grow exponentially. This is why it’s so important to carefully consider how the galley is designed when selecting an aircraft for purchase. The ideal aircraft galley should maximize space while offering the right amenities for refreshments and meals on board. The design of the galley depends heavily upon the range of the aircraft.
Most turboprops, light and midsize jets do not have large galleys with coffee makers, microwaves and refrigerators. On short-range aircrafts, passengers often have to bring a coffee thermos or a cooler of beverages on board because available galley space was used for an extra seat instead. As the aircraft moves up in size and range, galley amenities become more sophisticated because meals must be served on board. While often overlooked, the galley is a key factor in making sure, whether you are traveling for a short or long distance, flying privately is an outstanding experience. At the end of the day, your private aircraft is an extension of your home and office. With the right galley and chef, your jet might just also become an extension of your kitchen and new favorite place to have a meal!
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are now hyper-aware of the air they are breathing. This is especially true in aviation where everything has been done to ensure that passengers are breathing clean air. In the business aviation industry, the bar has been set even higher with technology and procedures that guarantee the air is as fresh and healthy as possible. For example, you can install a plasma ionizer in your cabin. This is an air purifier that works by emitting both positive and negative oxygen ions which seek out and destroy harmful molecules in the air and on surfaces. Many private jets are also equipped with HEPA air filters which can destroy up to 99.9% of bacteria in a closed circuit. This new process produces fresh air and neutralizes all other particles in the cabin including bacteria and viruses, as well as other harmful or unpleasant odors such as cigarette smoke. Laboratory experiments have suggested that this process can also be very effective against pathogens and allergens, both in the air and on cabin surfaces like seats and shelves.
Today you can enjoy a comfortable flight in a stylish seat with a clear consciousness. Leather seats are finally meeting the green technology that could make them obsolete. Vegan upholstery is booming and it is a lasting trend that totally reshapes everything we knew about interior design. You can choose how to design your space using a selection of non-leather materials (such as alcantara or synthetic leathers) which come in a wide array of colors and patterns.
Private jets were not intended to be dull and gray, so why not design the cabin space in a way that can display your favourite artwork? Some private jets have a painting hanging in the entry and others have a sculpture displayed in the main lounge. Most private jets have detailed accents throughout the cabin including handmade bedspreads, fine pillows, blankets, stitching details, and beautiful tapestries. The number of details can be numerous, or you can opt to make a clear statement with a single unique piece of art. How you decide to incorporate art into your cabin design is up to you and your particular taste, but not having art is not an option.
For some frequent flyers, Wi-Fi while in the air still sounds like a luxury. However, for many private jet owners, fast and reliable internet has become an industry standard that can actually end up saving you money in the long run. Many can’t afford to sacrifice communication everytime they fly, whether it be personal or business communications.
Voice, data and text from Worldwide Communications and the latest generation of “Ka” or “Ku” band satellite communication systems are now present in every modern jet. Private air travel is supposed to make professionals more agile and available, not lock them inside a box. That’s why great in-flight Wi-Fi is the natural next step when investing in a private jet. It allows passengers to get the most out of their most valuable asset – their time.
The Flying Media Center is the “Must Have Feature” for Every Private Jet
The ability to stream the latest content is something people have come to expect anywhere and everywhere. Now the media center is an essential component of any aircraft and it should be installed with style. Indulge your passengers with surround sound systems for the on-board media room or offer incredible customised audiophile headphones. Install a big screen TV in the media room for everyone to enjoy a movie together or to totally immerse yourself in a video game. Don’t hesitate to take this opportunity to entertain yourself like never before.
By using these trends to inspire interior design, any aircraft cabin can become a modern and stylish space. This rings true even for older models which can be renovated and made to look and feel almost new again. Careful refurbishment with the right installations will reshape any jet into a contemporary piece of flying art. Camber aviation experts are experienced in all kinds of jet refurbishment projects. They have their finger on the pulse for new trends and will make sure you have everything you need to fly in style.
Head of State cabin completion management.
Cabin refurbishment and heavy maintenance oversight, aircraft survey and technical records audit.
Completion management of an exceptional VVIP cabin for a private owner, completion management of a Head of State project, storage program optimisation and heavy OEM modification program.
Aircraft survey and technical records audit, followed by guidance and support of technical aspects of aircraft purchase. Define, refine and implement cabin refurbishment, system upgrades and new livery work scope following purchase.
Heavy maintenance, technical compliance and redelivery management to OEM.
VIP Cabin completion management, green and completed aircraft acceptances, complex cabin refurbishment, heavy modification program, new livery project .
VIP Cabin completion management, green and completed aircraft acceptances, complex cabin refurbishment, heavy modification program, new livery project
Technical assessment and negotiation of letter of intent and purchase agreement.
VIP Cabin completion management, green and completed aircraft acceptances, heavy maintenance and modification project.
Management of cabin refurbishment, systems upgrade and modification programs, heavy maintenance oversight.
Green aircraft and completed aircraft technical acceptance, cabin refurbishment, heavy maintenance oversight, aircraft survey and technical records review.
Cabin refurbishment and heavy maintenance oversight, aircraft survey and technical records audit.
Tom Chatfield has over 35 years’ experience working with highly respected companies in the aviation industry. A trained avionics technician holding Transport Canada and EASA Aircraft Maintenance Engineer licences, with a MSc in Airline Transport Management from Cranfield University, Mr. Chatfield is characterised by his professionalism, technical insight and solutions-oriented approach.
In high school, Tom worked at a flying school to pay for his flying lessons. After gaining his pilot’s licence, he attended Canadore College before being hired by de Havilland Canada in 1986. Starting as a production flight test technician, he was fast-tracked into avionics engineering, later becoming de Havilland’s youngest international field service representative.
Tom joined Lufthansa’s partner, Contact Air, in 1992 to lead the Avionics Department and, later, to manage the Engineering and Maintenance Planning Teams. Recruited as Maintenance Manager in 2000 for DaimlerChrysler’s new corporate jet division, he led the team to achieve 100% dispatch reliability of its A319CJ during the first two years of daily trans-Atlantic business-class shuttle operations. Tom oversaw the maintenance, modification and AOG recovery of DaimlerChrysler’s global operation of Airbus, Global, Challenger, Falcon, Learjet and Cessna business jets.
A boutique leasing consultancy, Santos Dumont Aircraft Management, hired Tom in 2004 as VP Technical to develop processes and train specialists to support an impressive list of client airlines and leasing companies.
Qatar Airways’ offered an opportunity in 2009 to join the senior management team of its new business jet operation. Mr. Chatfield managed Qatar Executive’s technical operations, defining new aircraft specifications, overseeing completions and leading the team to receive Part 145, CAMO and Bombardier Service Center approvals.
In 2013, after 24 years of working abroad, Tom returned home to Canada to launch Camber Aviation Management with a trusted team of professionals to deliver technical advisory services and unique custom designed, world-class corporate and private aircraft to the high net worth, corporate and head of state clients worldwide.
Since January 2020, Mr. Chatfield is the CEO of Camber Aviation Management.