Many product developments on display at F/List’s first NBAA booth

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F/List is making its NBAA debut at this year’s show, held in Orlando, Florida, on November 1-3, 2016. The company’s plans to present its newest innovations in the North American market are a crucial step in its global expansion.

The Hilitech joint venture between F/List and the Hintsteiner Group has developed a new method of manufacturing lightweight solutions and composite materials for aircraft interior components. It says the method reduces weight by up to 30%. Hilitech undertakes everything from concept to series manufacturing in-house. It provides the raw components, cabinets and linings, while F/List is responsible for the refinement of the materials and construction of the furniture.

Hilitech’s projects include the subconstruction of the chair by Inairvation (a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and F/List). The chair solution can be examined at Lufthansa Technik’s booth. Hilitech is also supplying more than 60% of the raw parts for the interior of the first eight Pilatus PC-24 jets, including tables, dividers, tabletop covers, the galley, wardrobe, lavatory, stowage and various cabinets. The company says those raw parts weigh up to 30% less than traditional constructions. F/List says the finished PC-24 interior – veneered and constructed by F/List – saves up to 10% of total weight. A mock-up of PC-24 cabin can be seen at Pilatus’s booth.

Meanwhile, the Embraer Lineage 1000E carries a Hilitech lavatory zone including linings, but also a Hilitech-patented lightweight construction: the toilet shroud designed to closely resemble a domestic toilet while being very light. The Lineage is on the show’s static display.

F/List will also highlight Leather Flooring developed in cooperation with Boxmark Leather. The company says this flooring is available with a customized tiling concept in a wide range of colors and structures and meets all applicable certification requirements, including flammability and slip resistance.

Also on display will be an integrated heating option for F/List’s Wood Flooring and Stone Flooring products. The company says the tiles can be heated between 77- 86°F while maintaining their safety specifications.

Another of F/List’s developments is a soft-touch surface for cabin linings. Bumps left behind in the soft material by touch vanish within seconds.

The newest addition to F/List’s product portfolio is a laser engraving technology that enables the treatment of materials of any hardness or smoothness, without stencils and in shorter order. It is applicable to work pieces of up to 6.7 x 9.8ft and a maximum thickness of 2.17in. Ideal for stone surfaces, the technique is also being tested on wood ones. Application to other surfaces – for example glass, MDF, metal and carbon – is planned.

Images: F/List

November 1, 2016

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