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APEX Insight: SkyLights has obtained DO-160 certification for its Allosky headset ahead of its launch with Air France subsidiary Joon before the end of this month.

SkyLights announced it has obtained DO-160 avionics certification for its new Allosky headset, meaning it now exceeds the minimum safety requirements set by the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency. The company will launch the headset on Air France subsidiary Joon by the end of this month and yesterday installed the devices at a lounge in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The Franco-American company also revealed it has developed a passenger announcement integration system into the headset.

“What we worked on now is a solution that is completely independent. It’s an application on the cabin crews’ iPads and it enables them in case of an emergency to stop headsets at the press of a button,” said David Dicko, CEO of SkyLights. “It’s one of the last steps in the process, it was very important for us to get all this ready right before the launch.”

Dicko told APEX Media that the company is working on developing strong links with wireless in-flight entertainment providers. “The penetration of wireless entertainment on long-haul wide-body aircraft is relatively slow, but that’s going to continue to move forward and we are strong believers in the dual offering of wireless in-flight entertainment with immersive in-flight entertainment.”

“What I want to happen is for immersive in-flight entertainment to become an industry standard when it comes to premium entertainment on long-haul flights.” – David Dicko, SkyLights

He said the company’s target for 2018 is to have partnerships with one premium airline in each region of the world. “What I want to happen is for immersive in-flight entertainment to become an industry standard when it comes to premium entertainment on long-haul flights for legacy carriers,” said Dicko. Within the next five years SkyLights is aiming to have headsets on most legacy carriers’ wide-body aircraft and to begin offering headsets in premium economy-class cabins.

He also revealed that SkyLights will launch its first consumer project this year. Starting some time before the end of 2018, Dicko said SkyLights is looking for between two- and five-thousand consumers to test its headset for a one-year period as part of a soft launch. “We want to be able to offer the same kind of full service to consumers, whereby they can have access to their own content, to content that we’ve created for them, 360-degree content in particular, and the latest movies – in a setting where they can take it with them to play on a flight, in the back of a taxi, or in the bedroom.”

Ari is the news editor at APEX Media.