New safety feature for aerBlade window shade


Aerospace Technologies Group (ATG) is displaying the Electronic Emergency OverRide (EEOR) on its aerBlade electronic window shade at Aircraft Interiors Expo, held on 6-8 June in Hamburg, Germany.

The EEOR will automatically cause the shade to raise to a clear window position upon detecting a loss of cabin power during flight. ATG said existing window shade systems have relied upon special tools that the crew bring to each window and individually use to clear the window shade under emergency power-loss conditions. The EEOR system avoids adding additional load to the aircraft emergency power. The patent-pending invention can be ordered as an option on aerBlade products.

The aerBlade electronically operated window shade system is a direct replacement for traditional manual slider shades, without any sidewall modifications. The passenger controls aerBlade with the touch of a button, choosing a view that is clear, sun-blocking or full blackout. Crew members can automatically lower and raise all window shades on the aircraft from the flight attendant panel.

Finishes for the aerBlade are customisable with graphic patterns, faux fabric and other treatments to complement the cabin interior décor.

The dual-shade aerBlade version includes a second shade with a tint that allows the passenger to block bright sunlight while still seeing outside the aircraft.

Equipped with ATG’s NextGen electronic controls, aerBlade provides IoT functionality and connectivity to onboard maintenance and cabin management systems, enabling the transfer of performance metrics, remote diagnostics and programming updates without removing the shade from the aircraft. The electronic controls feature self-learning algorithms and sensor-less control designed to extend the shade life and provide the quietest operation.

The aerBlade solution is configured to be removable and serviceable from the inside of the cabin without detaching the aircraft sidewall. Versions can be retrofitted onto aircraft sidewalls without cuts or sidewall modifications, and mounted in place of the existing manual shade in minutes.

The company is rolling out models of aerBlade for a wide range of commercial aircraft including the Airbus A350, A321LR and A321XLR, and Boeing 777 series and 737 family.

Today ATG electric window shades can be found on small-, mid-, and large-cabin business jets as well as Boeing 777-300ER, A380 and A350 aircraft in premium-class seating areas.

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