EASA clears the way for using glass in the cabin

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July 7, 2017 – AviationGlass & Technology (AGT) has announced that its AeroGlass range of aviation glass products has been confirmed by EASA as the official certification baseline for glass parts inside the cabin. EASA’s newly released amendment 19 of its certification specifications for large aircraft (CS25), categorizes AeroGlass Mirrors and transparencies as minor modifications, removing the need for any additional certification or supplemental type certificate (STC) prior to installation.

EASA’s amended regulation used AGT’S certification strategy as the basis for a new AMC (Acceptable Means of Compliance), creating standard rules for on-board glass parts. This AMC enables airlines and aircraft owners to easily install AeroGlass, as an alternative to polycarbonate products, by eliminating the need for additional certification procedures.

Additionally, EASA’s long-standing European Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement with the FAA, outlining that basic modifications do not require additional FAA validation, means the same AMC and certification for the replacement of lavatory mirrors and transparent glass parts are applicable in the USA.

ADSE, an independent Dutch aerospace engineering consulting services firm, represented AGT in the project with EASA. Ron van Baaren, ADSE’s managing director, commented, “AGT offers the world’s only certified ultra-thin and lightweight glass product for aircraft interiors, and has played a key role in this breakthrough, enabling the easy introduction of glass back into the cabin. During the project with EASA, AGT worked rigorously to ensure utmost safety at all times, while offering airlines and private jet owners the possibility to choose glass over plastic for striking design and exceptional luxury.”

John Rietveldt, AGT’s CEO added, “This new regulation is a milestone for the industry’s transition to lightweight glass inside commercial and private aircraft as it removes long waiting times and the high costs previously associated with the certification of glass as an alternative to polycarbonate products. With immediate effect, airlines and private jet owners all over the world can simply swap out their scratched and cloudy plastic products with crystal clear, beautifully colored and shaped AeroGlass creations.”

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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