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The information you didn’t know you needed about Private Jet Windows

 

When you think of the last aircraft you were on. What is the first thing you think of? We’re guessing it's not the windows. However, they are an essential part of an aircraft; you can't imagine a plane without them.

Their basic requirement is to bring light to the cabin, but they do so much more! They are one of the most important factors in aviation design; they provide the illusion of space, structural integrity, and, most importantly, an elite view of the world below.

Manufacturers face the practical challenge of maximising cabin pressurisation and minimising drag while still providing plenty of light. Early aircraft designers found this difficult, with commercial aviation's aircraft windows often the source of problems in structural integrity and safety.

Windows in the early days of aviation 

The first jetliner introduced in the 1950s, the de Havilland DH 106 Comet, is remembered in history after a series of tragic mid-flight accidents. Back then, aviation knowledge wasn’t like it is today, and it was overlooked that small cracks or holes in the aircraft could significantly impact air pressure.

Further frequent pressurising and depressurizing of the cabin caused metal fatigue, a process which weakened the material and, in this case, ultimately led to catastrophic results.

Regrettably, the Comet's design incorporated perfectly square windows. The right angles in each corner allowed for an easy build-up of stress during the flight, causing fractures that were at first invisible to the naked eye but later disastrous. 

It took three similar incidents before the Comet model was grounded and the source of the problem detected. This was a tragic episode in aviation history but one that was learnt from.

Ever since all windows fitted on aircraft have had rounded edges without rivets. This significantly reduces the chance of stress concentration to the aircraft and improves the safety of passengers. 

Innovations For Private Jet Window Design 

The Iconic Panoramic Windows of the Gulfstream

The size and shape of jet windows are just as important as quantity when it comes to visual impact and performance. This is demonstrated by Gulfstream Aerospace, which introduced the largest windows in the business jet industry.

The iconic oval windows, measuring 28 inches wide (a 16% increase from previous models), offer sweeping views and flood the cabin with light, providing a spectacular panoramic view of the world for every passenger. Additionally, the windows have individually operated blinds controlled via the seat controls or cabin management app. These windows make the ultra-long-range jet instantly recognisable.

The Convenience of Honda Jet’s Tinted windows

 

It is not only the shape that differs between jet window manufacturers. Certain special technologies not only achieve an aesthetic design but also save time and money.

For example, Honda Aircraft Company’s HA-420 HondaJet has self-tinting windows that adjust based on the external lighting, protecting passengers from the sun’s rays.

This solution means that blinds or shutters are unnecessary, which lowers maintenance costs and increases convenience.

Dassault’s Spectacular Skylight Window

While windows running the length of the cabin are expected, when you fly on a Dassault Aviation Falcon 6X, you have the added view of a skylight window.

This window provides added light to dimly lit areas and creates a fantastic first impression when passengers step on board.

Windows of the Future

 

Innovation in aircraft design never stops, and futuristic concepts of windowless private jets have been created. These concepts have large screens inside the cabin that mimic actual windows by projecting a live view of the world outside. This would be a huge benefit in reducing weight, drag, and fuel consumption, making flying more efficient and sustainable.

So there you have it. All the information you didn’t know you needed about Private Jet Windows. Follow SHY Aviation to stay up to date with the latest innovations in private jet travel.

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