Get the Best Seat in the Jet — With a View!
Windspeed Technologies announced a new feature to add in-flight entertainment value to private jet aircraft and create an experience that’s like no other. It’s a safe, semi-external viewing option that can be installed on wide-body aircraft and smaller executive jets.
Looking a little like a bubble poking out of the top of the plane and dubbed the “SkyDeck,” the canopy would be made of high-strength material, similar to that used in supersonic fighter jets and designed to withstand significant load. Coated with anti-condensation film, the surface would ensure clear viewing from all sides.
Conceptual designs show a pod-like clear canopy positioned toward the top rear of an aircraft that allows passengers a full view of the plane’s external environment: clouds, sky, and stars, to name a few. Once a passenger is positioned in the SkyDeck, he or she may rotate the seat to view a particular object, like a constellation, or direction. The positioning of the teardrop-shaped pod just before the tail of the plane is intentional, having the least possible effect on the airplane’s aerodynamics.
Flying head and shoulders above the fuselage could become the new wave of upgrades for business and private jet aircraft, but Windspeed sees commercial aircraft applications — in the form of an upgraded first-class experience — as well, giving airlines a new revenue stream. After all, in-flight entertainment options haven’t changed much in the last decade.
Essentially, the installation will go like this: A hole will be cut in the top of the jet and the one- or two-seat pod will be engineered in its place. Beverage service concerns have yet to be addressed, but surely the 360-degree view at 30,000-plus feet beats the need for a cold one in the hand.