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easyJet debuts Rockwell Collins dPAVES? IFE system


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Rockwell Collins
: 08 September, 2008  (New Product)
easyJet recently debuted the first aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins' new dPAVES& in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. The system, which entered into service on an Airbus A321 aircraft, will also be installed on up to 13 additional easyJet aircraft.
'The dPAVES system provides easyJet passengers with the enhanced clarity of digital technology while watching movies and other IFE programming,' explained Tommy Dodson, vice president and general manager, Cabin Systems for Rockwell Collins. 'Our tailored approach to the dPAVES system meets the diverse needs of today's single aisle IFE customers. Its reduction in size, weight and power, as well as reliability improvements, provide operational benefits and lower life-cycle costs than existing analog systems.'

The dPAVES system for easyJet features 10-inch retractable LCD displays. In addition, Rockwell Collins' Airshow 4200 Moving Map product has been integrated into the dPAVES system server, saving space, weight and power associated with installing a separate unit.

The dPAVES system provides up to an 85 percent reduction in volume, a 70 percent reduction in weight and a 75 percent reduction in power over the analog system. Additionally, dPAVES' Broadcast Digital Server (BDS) offers 160 gigabyte storage capability, with up to 60 hours of video, including encrypted content, and 128 hours of audio. The large storage capability allows easyJet to store two play periods of entertainment content, and the server automatically selects the new content when the new play period starts.

dPAVES' onboard Flyable Data Loader eases loading of digital content and saves time and resources. Fifty gigabytes of video and audio programming can be loaded via a single Blu-ray disk, and then automatically transferred to the server. Simultaneously, entertainment can be presented to the passengers. Once loaded, dPAVES automatically delivers programming perfectly timed for the length of the route through the system's dynamic scripting capabilities.

GB Airways selected the dPAVES system for seven A320/A321 aircraft in April 2007, with the option for seven additional aircraft, easyJet completed its acquisition of GB Airways and their fleet of A320/A321s in January 2008.
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