Howard Guy speaks with Christies International Real Estate magazine about what it takes to design a private jet. Private aviation is the pinnacle of traveling in style and comfort, so the right interiors need more than a visionary design and a generous budget
“Once you go beyond the surface, you need an industrial designer and an engineer,” explains Howard Guy, director of the UK-based consultancy Design Q. Everything that goes into a plane has to be certified as aviation-safe and meet a raft of standards. The fabric covering your seats needs to be flame retardant. The foam inside the seats needs to be flame retardant. The seats themselves have to be bolted down and able to survive a 16G impact (humans rarely survive much above 10G).