Air-Craftglass closely studied the optical quality of aircraft mirrors in aviation over the years, and quickly discovered that there was considerable room for improvement. Due to the lack of high-quality materials – which also have to meet strict aviation requirements – improvements to the product were impossible until recently.
Air-Craftglass, which only works with real glass, has managed to apply traditional, tried and tested aircraft mirror technology to ultra-thin and ultra-light glass. As a result, we were able to make a huge leap in quality, thus definitively banishing blurry aviation mirrors to the past.
In addition to consummate mirror manufacturing, Air-Craftglass has developed a new technique to strengthen this extremely lightweight and thin glass and improve and enhance the optical quality of aviation glass aircraft mirrors.
With our patented technology, which includes a self-adhesive backing for the thinnest models, the material – once applied to the subsurface (often a honeycomb type) – ensures that the mirror and subsurface are solidly fused. The result is a super smooth and strong airplane mirror with unparalleled optical quality. This also simplifies the assembly of the aero mirror, often a complex process.
Air-Craftglass is constantly aware of the need to facilitate the integration of technology in all its products. Options in high demand for aircraft mirrors include lighting, integrated finger touch technology, integrated logos, and TV screens. Air-Craftglass is able to optimally integrate all these advances in its products.
There are many applications for Air-Craftglass, from aviation glass mirrors in toilet units, in the pantry or for make-up tables in a first-class setup to usage in the cabin, for example as class separators. In addition to optical quality, aero mirrors can also contribute to safety in the cabin. They can be used for control purposes by being fitted so as to allow contact or lines of vision with passengers in places where this is normally impossible (e.g., crew areas and pantries).
Moreover, aviation glass mirrors can make small spaces look bigger. Designers and architects can now use the new material to realize their creative concepts in ways which would have seemed unattainable before.
Developed especially for mirrored glass only, the technique enables us to push the envelope and deliver ultra-thin laminated glass with a total thickness of just 0.6 mm/0.024”. In addition to this thickness, we use the same laminating technique to create mirrored glass that is 1.2 mm/0,048” thick.
As an extra benefit, these two formats will be delivered with a self-adhesive backing which makes them very easy to install in customised and ready-to-use mirrors.
We also have a third mirror version available in 2.2 mm/0.87”, which is laminated using the same method as our transparent glass version.
The Air-Craftglass mirrors are produced under the NEN 1036-1 industrial production norm and are manufactured with at least 0,7 gram/m2. of silver. This reflective coating shall be protected by a layer of water based protective coating e.g. paint, laquer. We can also embed logos, lights or even TV screens. All Air-Craftglass mirrors have a flawless reflective coating and a flat, scratch-resistant surface completely free of deformations. The laminating systems (patented) form a very strong and rigid support to all mirror options produced by Air-Craftglass. Finally, all products are cut in the exact sizes and shades requested by the client and will be delivered ready to use.
Lightweight silver mirrors in demand
Thanks to the application of real silver, the reflection in our mirrors is significantly higher (>90%) than currently seen with all other suppliers. Their aluminium mirrors have a reflection of just 55% to 75%, which makes for a clearly visible difference. Moreover, Air-Craftglass mirrors ensure a natural reflection without the common ‘grey veil’ of aluminium, and they come as standard with a special coating on the back to prevent corrosion.
In addition, our mirrors are 43% lighter than the commonly used plastic mirrors. The quality and guarantee conditions are key reasons for aircraft manufacturers to choose Air-Craftglass. So too is the long lifespan, which significantly enhances the replacement cycle and related expenses, reducing overall cost of ownership.
Air-Craftglass develops unique semi-transparent solution for silver mirrors
Air-Craftglass is the only producer worldwide of real silver mirrors for the aviation industry. The benefits of silver mirrors compared to the usual aluminium mirrors include the large – and clearly visible – difference in reflection, as described above. Our silver mirrors also have a special coating on the back that prevents corrosion. Air-Craftglass manufactures the mirrors under the industrial EN-1036 standard for mirrors.
A newly developed technology now makes it possible for clients to select a semi-transparent and, therefore, translucent surface. In other words: we DO NOT reduce the reflection of the mirror by making it more transparent and less reflective (as is the case with aluminium mirrors), but only do this very locally, for instance for Return To Seat (RTS) icons. This means that the RTS icon lights up in the desired colour when needed, and as prescribed by law, yet remains invisible in the mirror surface until then.
In addition to semi-visible icons we can also provide fully visible ones with a sand-blasted effect which light up extra brightly.
AIR-CRAFTGLASS produces tinted mirrors in any colour
We also have immediately deliverable tinted mirrors in our portfolio. The colours are not limited to a standard range, but can be determined specifically by the client and custom-made on their behalf. This provides airlines and aircraft manufacturers with a unique opportunity to create a more personal and distinctive interior, especially when combined with other products such as our Natural Collection wood veneer product line.
Air-Craftglass colors outside the lines with their endless possibilities in light weight UV and scratch resistant glass to personalize your aircraft interior.