Imagine cruising in a private jet at 37,000 feet and seeing clouds projected onto panoramic screens covering the cabin’s walls and ceiling. The plane’s fuselage- and wing-mounted cameras connect passengers to the surrounding environment. The in-flight
experience is interactive: If it’s stormy outside, passengers can select more peaceful
scenery or watch a movie. If they need to work, they can conduct video conferences
with a wave of the hand.
The French studio Technicon Design developed this futuristic windowless jet concept—dubbed Ixion—in just a few weeks. The organization created a 3-D digital model
of the plane and a short film detailing the concept in time for the National Business
Aviation Association show in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. “We organized a very short planning period and chose the right person for each task according to his or her specialty,”
says Nicolas Jousse, Ixion design project manager, Elancourt, France.
In light of the project’s tight schedule, the team began producing the film before
completing the model. “This permitted us to adjust the scenario…and validate all the
small details,” Mr. Jousse says. Ixion isn’t a marketable product yet, but the concept uses
technology that already exists or will soon be available.
Mr. Jousse credits his team’s success to the strong executive sponsorship. “Be organized, know where you want to go and keep it simple,” he says.
PROJECT: Ixion windowless jet
SCHEDULE: seven weeks
ACCOLADE: Winner of 2014
International Yacht & Aviation
Award for exterior design
“I challenged the team to break out
of conventional thinking with regards to
a business jet exterior and interior.”