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12th October 2008 - 01:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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ENTRIES for the third running of the Crystal Cabin Awards are now open.

First presented at Aircraft Interiors Expo in 2007, the awards are organised by the “Hamburg – the place for aviation” joint initiative formed by the German city’s aerospace companies, industry bodies and institutes of higher education. They recognise outstanding achievements in five different categories of cabin system design and development and have rapidly gained in prestige since their introduction.

Entries can be submitted between now and November 16 via www.crystal-cabin-award.com. The 2009 awards will be announced at Aircraft Interiors in Hamburg next spring. Past winners include Lufthansa Technik and Airbus supplier Dasell (Germany), AmSafe (USA) and STG Aerospace (UK).
 
Lufthansa Technik won this year’s Materials and Components category with an application of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology – attaching tiny transponders to high-value components so that their location and status can be regularly checked by wireless.

Dasell topped the Industrial Design/Interior Concept table with its concept for a compact aircraft lavatory featuring integrated urinals and offering improved sanitary conditions for female passengers.

A judges’ commendation prize went to AmSafe for CARES (Child Aviation Restraint System), a children’s safety belt harness that can be attached effortlessly to aircraft seats of any type.

Winner of the Greener Cabin, Health and Safety prize was STG Aerospace with its revolutionary WEPPS power system for emergency cabin lighting. It features lithium batteries that require neither maintenance nor charging throughout the life of the aircraft, plus wireless provision for checking system status from a central point in the cabin.

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