Business Jet Interiors International and Tapis have curated a special, free-to-attend webinar to be held on 9 March 2021, where four interior experts will discuss cabin hygiene innovations for the business jet market. The confirmed panellists are Jay Beever, vice president of Embraer Design Operations; Daron Dryer, CEO of Comlux Completion; Debi Cunningham, vice president of marketing at West Star Aviation; and aircraft interior designer Judy Miller.
The business jet interiors market is adapting to ensure the best possible response to new hygiene requirements – not only by implementing short-term safety measures, but through the consideration of long-term solutions to meet customers’ evolving needs. The webinar will bring the sector together to support this endeavour.
The panel will address topics including customer needs and requirements across the charter, fractional, corporate, private and VIP segments; key avenues for research and development, from air quality to materials and cleaning solutions; and ideas for optimising the process of innovation.
Jay Beever is well-known in the business aviation and automotive industries for his interior work on high-end, luxury products. He started his career at Ford Motor Company in 1998, and later led the design engineering group responsible for 3D modelling and package engineering of future automotive design concepts such as the Lincoln Navicross, Mercury Messenger and Ford Bronco. In late 2007 he joined Gulfstream Aerospace as the interior design manager in the New Product Development department in Savannah, Georgia, where he would also lead the design and construction of the new design studio. In July 2012 Beever joined Embraer Executive Jets as its vice president of interior design, later incorporating marketing into his responsibilities, and is now vice president of Embraer Design Operations.
Daron Dryer has over 25 years of experience in the management, production, engineering and certification of more than 30 transport-category aircraft and interior completions. He is an FAA DER delegated to make findings on behalf of the FAA in the areas of mechanical systems and rapid decompression. Prior to joining Comlux, Dryer served as vice president of engineering for Cabin Innovations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, managing the design and development of turnkey solutions for various completions centres. Dryer joined Comlux in 2009 as manager of mechanical systems engineering, was promoted to director soon after, and in April 2015 became vice president of engineering and certification. In August 2017, Daron was appointed chief operating officer, and became CEO of Comlux Completion in January 2019.
Debi Cunningham has nearly 40 years of experience in the business aviation industry, spanning numerous positions within sales, modification and interior design. She joined West Star in 2002 as modification sales/interior design manager and quickly worked her way up to the role of national sales manager. Cunningham became director of marketing in 2008, and vice president of marketing in 2013.
Judy Miller has more than 27 years of diverse design experience, ranging from business jet interiors to residential, commercial and theatre/film set design projects. She has also applied her design expertise as a college instructor and author. She was the manager of aircraft interior design and graphic visualisation for Dassault Falcon Jet for more than 25 years, overseeing a team of interior and graphic designers working with CEOs and high-net-worth individuals to define their luxury business jet interiors. An allied member of ASID, Miller has mentored interior design students from multiple schools through the ASID volunteer mentorship programme.
The webinar will be held at 7:00 CET | 16:00 GMT | 11:00 EST | 10:00 CST | 8:00 PST; co-presented by Izzy Kington, editor of Business Jet Interiors International, and Matthew Nicholls, sales director at Tapis and a materials scientist.