Innovint received EASA Part 21.J approval
In March of this year, EASA granted Innovint approval as an EASA Part 21 design organisation with the approval number EASA.21J.770.
Like many small and medium-sized companies in the aviation industry, Innovint Aircraft Interior GmbH faced historic challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. As much negativity as the pandemic brought, Innovint's engineering team used the freed capacity to establish its own EASA 21J design organisation."
The decision to set up an EASA 21J design organisation was only logical with the extensive experience we have in the field of certification and verification, and the timing was simply right," says Manfred Gröning, Managing Director of Innovint Aircraft Interior GmbH.
The Innovint 21J team is now able to offer a comprehensive range of services. This includes minor modifications for all aircraft certified to EASA CS23 and CS25 as well as for helicopters certified to EASA CS27 and CS29.
Whether it is a simple modification, such as the installation of a literature pocket, a flower vase in the washroom, or more complex modifications such as reconfiguration of the aircraft cabin with installation of partitions and other monuments, the Innovint 21J team is ready to implement practical and efficient solutions quickly and easily for its customers.
With more than 40 years of experience and as an EASA production and maintenance organisation, our customers now receive individualised cabin interiors as a complete solution with EASA Form 1 approval and ready-to-install from one competent source.
INNOVINT Liners and Seat Blockers
After months of worldwide cancellation of passenger flights due to the Corona pandemic, the airlines' offer is slowly increasing again. Accompanied by Aviation Authorities recommendations for flight operations an increase of passenger flights is expected.
While many airlines are making the wearing of mouth-and-nose protection on board mandatory others follow also EASA recommendations and block the seats between passengers, or in dedicated areas.
For safe operation, to fulfil EASA recommendations, and to reduce the perceived risk for passengers INNOVINT developed different products:
Headrest and Armrest Liners:
Made from flame retardant, antiviral and antibacterial cloth, comfortable in touch, simply pulled over headrest and armrest, fits automatically to any shape, color anthracite.
Product leaflet Headrest and Armrest Liners
Baby Bassinet Liner:
Made from flame retardant, antiviral and antibacterial felt, comforts babies to the most extent, easily installed within seconds, color pink (sorry for the boys…).
Product leaflet Baby Bassinet Liner
INNOVINT offers three different types of seat blockers:
Separate passenger seat belt with stitched indication "NO SEAT", which is simply installed over the arm rests, both ends are tied up under the seat by means of cable ties.
Sleeve made from black fabric with stitched indication "NO SEAT", pulled over the existing passenger seat belt.
Large seat blocker, made from aluminum honeycomb and canvas, with symbol imprint "NO SEAT", installed between the armrests via available passenger seat belt.
Product leaflet Seat-Belt Blocker
All products are available with short lead-time. We look forward supporting your safe operations. Please feel free to contact us for any further information.
Cargo Stowage Bags
To an extremely high degree, the aviation industry is affected by the current corona pandemic. All passenger flights are nearly down, but there is a high demand for cargo transport. Industrial supply chains have to move on and regular cargo aircraft are operating at their limits.
Innovint developed a solution to convert the passenger main-deck into a cargo compartment, allowing to transport real cargo (beyond medical supplies on the basis of "permit to fly", or humanitarian passenger flights). This concept will add substantial payload and volume to the cargo hold of passenger aircraft and can be adopt with little effort to all types of commercial passenger A/C.
The approval process is based on the EU regulation 2018/1139 article 71 (provisions for flexibility in case of unforeseeable, and extraordinary circumstances), which allows a faster certification approach with the National Aviation Authorities (NAA), as an STC via EASA process would take too much time. However, all relevant qualification and certification issues will follow rules and methods as if an STC is established. Our partner EASA 21J Design Organization will guide and establish necessary data to reach an equivalent level of safety to ensure the continued airworthiness and safe operation of the A/C after modification.
PED Containment Bag
Innovint upgraded its InnoBag family with a new member: The PED Containment Bag (lithium-ion fire containment bag) is a professional solution to manage incidents caused by thermal runaways of ithium-ion batteries used in Portable Electronic Devices (PED) throughout the aircraft cabin. The PED Containment Bag is made of state of the art fire resistant materials with a temperature resistance of up to 1.000 degrees Celsius to contain defective devices. Due to its robust build-up the bag is able to withstand highly-intensive thermal runaways and helps to protect the passengers, crewmembers and cabin environment from fire or hazard. In addition, the PED Containment Bag supports a safe transport within the cabin to a fire protected place for a safe cool-down of the defective PED.
Innovint presents EFBK for incidents with Li-Ion batteries
Due to their high energy density Lithium-ion batteries have become power sources for a wide range of Portable Electronic Devices (PED), such as mobile phones, tablet computers, cameras, notebooks or torch lights.
As these PEDs are present in nearly all day-to-day situations they are also part of every flight all over the world: on flight decks used for flight operations, in the cabin carried for entertaining of passengers and in cargo hold as transported goods. An increasing number of incidents caused by PED has occurred due to battery failures – the so called thermal runaway. During this event the battery releases the stored energy at a very short time leading to serious hazards like fire and dense smoke.
Just last week the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a Service Information Bulletin (SIB) No. 2009-22R1 taking into account such incidents. This SIB recommends to use International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Doc. 9481-AN/928 ‘Emergency Response Guidance for Aircraft Incidents Involving Dangerous Goods’ as guidance for handling Li-Ion fires. In parallel Innovints’ brand new Electronic Flight Bag Kit (EFBK) takes into account this guidance as a professional all-in-one solution enabling the cabin crew to handle Li-Ion fi res until controlled cool-down safely. Two fire-proof PED Containment Bags using state-of-the-art materials with temperature resistance up to 1.000 degree Celsius are provided to contain damaged devices. To protect crewmembers fire-proof gloves as well as safety goggles are included. All EFBK equipment is stored practically in a portable aluminum kit and is therefore ready to use. Considering also the upcoming trend of using tablet computers in the cockpit for flight operations Innovint consequently provides in the EFBK two appropriate storage provisions for PEDs and an additional USB World Power Adapter for charging of electronic devices around the world as well as the possibility to lock the kit. Therefore an adequate protection of flight critical equipment is ensured. Moreover, the Kits’ compact one piece arrangement enables an efficient crew handover between flights.
New regulation dictates the use of a Child Restraint System for aircraft registered in Brazil
The board of Civil Aviation Agency-ANAC regulated by law that Brazilian aircraft operators must provide child restraint system for all infants regardless of age.
For this reason LATAM Airlines Group and VRG Linhas Areas S.A. ordered a total amount of 180 child restraint systems from Innovint Aircraft Interior GmbH in Germany, Hamburg.
The INNOVINT SkyKids® child seat is the only child seat which is approved for take-off and landing and which meets all international airworthiness regulations. It has been developed with every kind of operative requirement of airlines as far as weight, handling and storage in the cabin. Furthermore, it has been put through the 16g dynamic test according to emergency landing conditions aircraft seat requirements.
With the help of a normal passenger lap belt the seat can be secured in aftward facing position (for infants) and forward facing position (for toddlers) to all common aircraft seats.
“This regulation confirms our motivation and efforts over the last years and we are proud that we are the only company worldwide providing a child restraint system which finally offers small travelers the same safety level as to their parents” said Uwe Groening, CEO Innovint Aircraft Interior GmbH.