Bombardier Showcases Vision Systems’ SPD-Smart Shading System In Its CSeries Aircraft Mock-Up At The Paris Air Show
On June 23, 2011, with authorization from their customer Bombardier Aerospace, Research Frontiers (Nasdaq: REFR) licensee Vision Systems revealed in a press release that their Noctis brand of SPD-Smart(TM) aircraft window shades was featured in the business class section of the Bombardier CSeries aircraft mockup at the 49th International Paris Air Show which was held from June 20-26, 2011 at Le Bourget Airport in France.
Made with patented SPD light-control film developed by Research Frontiers and currently being produced by Hitachi Chemical Company in their dedicated factory line in Japan, SPD-SmartGlass(TM) is the world’s fastest-switching variably tintable dynamic glazing technology. It is the only dimmable window technology that gives users the ability to instantly and precisely control the level of shading to any point between very dark and clear. This provides exceptional control over solar energy while also adding to user comfort and protecting interiors. Available in both glass and lightweight polycarbonate substrates, SPD-Smart products – windows, sunroofs, skylights, doors, partitions and more – are laminated glazings that offer a distinctive combination of energy efficiency and security, can be controlled manually or automatically, and are available in custom sizes and fabrications for original equipment, new construction, replacement and retrofit projects.
As noted in the June 20, 2011 press release jointly issued by Research Frontiers and Vision Systems, another OEM had featured SPD-Smart aircraft window shade technology in the mockup of their new aircraft at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) event in Geneva in May. However, Vision Systems’ June 23 announcement marks the first time that the OEM displaying SPD-Smart window shade technology was publicly identified.
More details are available from the June 23, 2011 Vision Systems press release.
In the June 20 press release, Carl Putman, CEO of Vision Systems, commented: “OEM interest in our Nuance and Noctis brand of SPD-Smart window shades has accelerated. Last month at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) event in Geneva, visitors to our booth and also at our OEM customer’s mock-up at EBACE experienced for the first time in an aircraft mockup the many benefits that this technology offers to aircraft owners and operators from an operational standpoint, and the in-flight benefits for flight crews and passengers. Here at the Paris Air Show, yet another major OEM has exhibited this technology in a significant way as part of their full aircraft cabin mockup. These aircraft are scheduled to go into service in 2012 and 2013, and we have geared up our production accordingly based upon the very good order book that both of these aircraft have amassed already.”
Vision Systems’ SPD-Smart Nuance and Noctis aerospace windows offer instant and precise light-control at every level which provides original equipment manufacturers and private aircraft owners a solar protection solution that enhances flying comfort and supports fuel efficiency. These electronically dimmable aircraft and helicopter window shades and cabin dividers are impact-resistant, completely silent, available in flat and curved surfaces, and can be controlled by the cabin management system or by passengers. Vision Systems’ Noctis SPD-Smart product line offers enhanced blackout solar protection and complete privacy.
Speaking from the Paris Air Show, Joseph M. Harary, President and CEO of Research Frontiers, noted that according to a Bombardier spokesperson, customer reaction to these SPD-Smart windows and to the aircraft in general was very enthusiastic all week, with additional orders for aircraft being placed at the Paris Air Show.
The CSeries from Bombardier is a technologically advanced family of aircraft for the 100 to 149-seat commercial segment. According to Bombardier Aerospace’s description of their new aircraft, the CSeries offers customers 25% direct maintenance cost savings, produces 20% fewer CO2 emissions and provides passengers with exceptional comfort for an enhanced travel experience.
Bombardier Aerospace reported that it had a very successful week at the 2011 Paris Air Show with firm orders, options and purchase rights for its CSeries airliner and other business aircraft. In June alone, customers placed firm orders for 33 CSeries aircraft and commitments for options and letters of intent for 49 additional aircraft were also placed. Entry into service of the CSeries is scheduled for 2013, and to date, more than 120 firm orders have been placed.
Details about Vision Systems’ SPD-Smart products can be found on Vision Systems’ website.
For further information please contact:
Mr. Jerome Monvaillier
Vision Systems Aeronautics
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For inquiries, to arrange a presentation, or to visit the Research Frontiers Design Center, please contact:
Joseph M. Harary, President and CEO
Research Frontiers Inc.