Turning an in-service aeroplane into a flying laboratory can be a challenge. How do you turn a plane into one?
Well, there’s a lot of planning to turn an aeroplane into a lab.
And there’s a lot of cabling to start with.
In terms of studio space, there isn’t a lot – with the galley and the aft business class section being converted into a studio space.
From here, presentations are streamed across the plane using the Lufthansa Systems BoardConnect service (a separate service to the Lufthansa FlyNet service offered by T-Mobile and powered by Panasonic Ku connectivity).
The idea is that you can watch the coverage from your personal device on the plane.
I streamed the presentation it onto the laptop whilst tweeting on the my phone using FlyNet. Others were using iPads, iPhones and other devices.
From here, presentations went off from the presenters, as well as question and answer sessions (curtailed by some annoying turbulence).
It was an interesting session, with a lot of the traditional aviation language replaced with a language much more suited to a wider audience – and with over 100 people tuning in on the plane (in all three classes), with interest beyond the normal aviation crowd.
And that helps with interaction across the plane, bringing forward questions from different cabins and different groups.
I’ve loaded my initial reactions as a Twitter Moment which is a lot easier to read and captures what I saw on the day aboard the Flying Lab. Lufthansa Systems also released a video – look out for yours truly beavering away.
Suffice to say, there is a lot of room for manoeuvre in an event like this, and I’m happy to see Lufthansa experiment in the sky this way. The concept is a great one
Many thanks to Lufthansa, Lufthansa Systems, T-Mobile and The APEX association for hosting an interesting event in the sky.
Disclosure: Recaro Aircraft Seating kindly invited Economy Class and Beyond, as a guest on the Lufthansa Flying Lab, as well as paying for the flights as part of this.
All opinions and thoughts are the author’s own, and are not directed by Recaro A/S, Lufthansa Systems or The APEX Association
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