Windspeed Technologies, a Washington-based aerospace engineering company, have designed a new in-flight entertainment feature known as SkyDeck, an unusual yet exciting feat of aerospatial engineering designed to enhance the passenger experience.
SkyDeck is a tear-drop shaped glass bubble installed on the top of the aircraft fuselage which acts as an in-flight viewing deck, offering passengers 360-degree views of their surroundings and the rare opportunity that passengers may witness the northern lights or an eclipse. The design houses one or two premium rotating seats, which could be accessible via an elevator or staircase depending on the version ordered for the aircraft size. GPS will also be integrated to provide flight and location information.
Designed using materials similar to those used for supersonic fighter jets SkyDeck can be installed on a wide variety of aircraft giving airlines the potential to generate additional revenue if they were to introduce a pay-per-view for passengers. Windspeed explain “We wanted to come up with a product that would provide a high level of entertainment to reduce the boredom of long haul flights.”
Concerns were initially raised as to the interference SkyDeck could cause with the aircrafts tail performance and added fuel usage however studies have shown that the tear-drop design along with the positioning towards the rear will mitigate these problems, with additional fuel burn being small to negligible.
Once the first orders are placed Windspeed expect the first SkyDeck to be rolled out within 18months.
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