Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – For many of us, looking out of the cockpit window and looking at cities and oceans from above is one of the joys of flying.
But aircraft innovator Rosen Aviation believes the experience can be taken to the next level, making traditional window aircraft a thing of the past.
The American airline is promoting the Maverick project, which revolves primarily around the design of an aircraft cabin with virtual windows that increase the level of challenge in the air navigation experience.
“The essence of the Maverick project was to try to use tomorrow’s technology to design tomorrow’s planes,” said Lee Clark, Rosen’s senior vice president of strategy. , elegance and aesthetics. futuristic.
Clark told CNN that these features have become more prevalent in recent years, such as the design of smart homes and cars, but aircraft cabins have not yet caught up with this wave, explaining that “this industry as a whole has been delayed one by one. one way or another. “
Rosen, in collaboration with KiPcreating and Sky-Style, aims to change this dynamic through the Maverick project.
Although the visual presentation in this design is very wonderful, Clark explained that the goal is not to use modern technology just to want to use it, because “the hardest point is the traveler experience, not the technology”, adding that one of the keys Rosen’s elements is the use of technology in a simple, so invisible way.
Rosen plans to implement the Maverick project on a private jet and plans to attend a commercial version at the Inland Airport Expo next year.
“The project is designed for Business Class and First Class,” Clark said, explaining that he believes some of these technologies could contribute to an in-flight support environment.
Amazing virtual windows
The Maverick project for Rosen sparked a buzz in the aviation world shortly after the design was first introduced in 2020 and was included in the list of designs nominated for the International Yacht and Aviation Award, as well as being among the designs. nominated in the shortlist of judges’s options for this year ‘s Crystal Cabin Awards.
And Clarke saw that virtual windows aroused great interest. In this context, he said, “It seems that the virtual airplane ceiling and virtual windows are among the hottest topics because they are based on that ability to integrate reality and some artificial intelligence, turning this little niche we lived in into for decades. on a more comprehensive screen. “
The idea is that the virtual window can depict the world outside the plane through OLED screens with additional details. If the aircraft is flying over a mountain range, for example, the screen will provide the passenger with the necessary information for this parameter. The concept of windows becomes part of the fun in flight, not just structural.
The Maverick project concept for virtual windows is not the first of its kind. A few years ago, Dubai-based Emirates Airlines first unveiled a fully enclosed first-class private cabin design that uses real-time fiber-optic camera technology to create virtual windows.
And if the traveler suffers from a slight claustrophobia, he will surely be horrified by a windowless plane. Some aviation experts have previously expressed concern about the logistics of windowless aircraft.
In this regard, Rosen completed a research project in partnership with the University of Colorado in America and Textron, the American aeronautical company, which analyzes people’s responses to virtual windows.
Clarke noted the positive dimension of the revolutionization of cabin windows, “in terms of the engineering approach, starting with the integration of the structure, lighter weight and aerodynamics”.
Clarke reiterates that the main goal of Maverick’s virtual window design project remains to improve the in-flight passenger experience.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Rosen’s Maverick project used untouchable technology that was more attractive than ever.
In this regard, Clark explained how to develop and innovate all this shortly before the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic, and the use of technology in this way came naturally and instinctively to control things. However, the benefit of using this intangible technology was healthy.
Although the Maverick project attracted attention, the aviation world, according to Clark, was relatively backward in terms of technology, as compliance with regulations set by the US Federal Aviation Administration and the International Air Transport Association meant that these designs could not be removed. Windows. from divisions after.