Last year U.S. aerospace engineering company Windspeed Technologies has designed an amazing new panoramic viewing platform for the top of commercial aircraft as an alternative to present in-flight entertainment. This approach aims to give passengers an even better view of the skies than the pilot's by seating them on top of the aircraft, inside a transparent bubble-style cabin. Company says that the new patent can be added to existing planes and customized for different-sized aircraft. Smaller jets would have a single-seat option, while bigger airplanes could hold space for two passengers.
As you can see in this video, passengers access the seats, either via an elevator or staircase. Once inside they can rotate the twin or single seats through 360-degrees, enjoying incredible sky views. "Current inflight entertainment offerings have not changed much over the decades," said Windspeed Technologies. "We wanted to come up with a product that would provide a higher level of entertainment to reduce the boredom of long flights."
The company says the seats could "create the next exciting experiential in-flight entertainment for VIP aircraft owners and the airline industry" or could be used to create revenue on commercial flights through a pay-per-view basis. While an amazing SkyDeck patent is still pending and has yet to be subjected to practical examination, Windspeed says its design is viable and won't prevent with an aircraft's handling. The covering would be constructed from high-strength glass, and coated in anti-condensation film so passengers can enjoy 360-degree views at any time.https://www.youtube.com/embed/cLZg-gfLgcI No timescale yet on when - if it gets approval - the SkyDeck might begin punching its way through an airplane fuselage near you. What do you think about this patent for aircraft passengers? Is it possible that in the near future people could try it? Would you like to sit on top of the plane inside a bubble?