World’s First Integrated Intelligent Aircraft Cabin Shading and Noise Reduction System

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In iShades, light transmission through cabin windows is controlled using smart films that can be precisely tuned to any level of tint desired with the push of a button – and requires no moving parts. The unique method of light-control used in iShades enabled InspecTech to develop a solution to achieve a quieter cabin by using an eleven-layer sealed stack that performs as an unprecedented sound barrier.

(Aircraft Interiors Expo, Booth 6A68) In a pre-show announcement today, InspecTech Aero Service launched iShade iQ, a new model of its iShade electronic dimmable window. The most advanced light-control shading system for aircraft has been enhanced to also reduce cabin noise levels.

A drive towards a quieter cabin is a top priority of the aerospace industry’s cabin interiors programs, and according to studies by NASA and other organizations, cabin windows are a main path for noise transmission. InspecTech capitalized on iShade’s method of managing daylight to extend its environmental control to noise-dampening as well. In iShades, light transmission through cabin windows is controlled using smart films that can be precisely tuned to any level of tint desired with the push of a button – and requires no moving parts. The unique method of light-control used in iShades enabled InspecTech to develop a solution to achieve a quieter cabin by using an eleven-layer sealed stack that performs as an unprecedented sound barrier.

The same light-control film technology is used in the automotive industry. InspecTech uses SPD-Smart film technology under license from Research Frontiers Inc. (Nasdaq: REFR) – the same film technology selected by Daimler AG for use in the “Magic Sky Control” panoramic roof of their new Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster that debuted in January 2011.

iShade light-control panels are laminated panels with a seven-layer stack of lightweight, shatterproof plastic outer substrates, interlayer films, transparent viscoelastic damping material and other materials – each providing cabin soundproofing and a reduction in noise vibrations. A laminated panel is the key component of soundproofing.

iShade iQ takes the impressive noise-dampening capabilities of the light-control iShade laminated panel a leap forward by adding new proprietary layers plus sealing and bonding methods that act as additional sound barriers.

Upon installation, iShade iQ is bonded into a sealed assembly within the fuselage. This robust design diffuses and reflects sounds not only through the panels but also the sound that would otherwise leak around the edges of the panels. The noise-dampening capabilities of iShade iQ is something that is impossible with any other type of traditional cabin window shading system.

In addition to noise reduction, the iShade iQ configuration results in the maximum amount of heat rejection when the aircraft is on the ramp, a time when solar heat gain is most intense in unpowered aircraft. iShade iQ is remarkably energy-efficient contributing to a greener aircraft – it reduces operator cooling costs and offers a cooler cabin upon entering. The plastic substrates used in iShade iQ are also very lightweight resulting in less fuel consumption in flight.

iShades can be experienced at the Aircraft Interiors Expo from April 5-7, at the booth of InspecTech Aero Service strategic partner MSA Aircraft Products: 6A68.

About InspecTech’s iShades
Certified and flying on 24 different OEM and aftermarket aircraft models, iShades are the world’s only instantly dimmable windows flying today and also the only to offer 100% privacy. iShades can be precisely tuned from extremely dark (over 99.96% light blockage), to fully clear, and to any level of view-preserving tint in between. This offers a host of benefits including light and glare control, use of controllable diffused lighting, daylight harvesting, cabin noise reduction, and blocking over 99.9% of damaging UV light. iShades are the industry’s only dynamic switchable window shades that are now available for any aircraft as an aftermarket install at service centers worldwide, and for new production aircraft.

About InspecTech Aero Service, Inc.
InspecTech Aero Service is the leading aerospace innovator in design, engineering, certification, and integration of electronic switchable films for cabin light management - providing light, glare and heat control solutions for corporate jets, helicopters, transport aircraft, and military aircraft. In the cabin, InspecTech’s iShade light-management system transforms a standard interior into an intelligent interior - providing a more complete solution to the challenges of cabin light and glare levels than other types of shading systems. In the cockpit, InspecTech’s smart automated sun visors provide continuous light-control for pilots, all in real-time.

Contact Information:
James Lang, President
888-570-1727 or 954-359-6766
Jim(at)InspecTech(dot)net

SPD-Smart is a trademark of Research Frontiers Inc.
iShade, and iShade iQ are trademarks of InspecTech Aero Service, Inc.

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