Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

"The perfect integration of a BSS Soundweb and a simple IR controller presented the client with an intuitive and simple control interface."


December 2006 saw the opening of the highly anticipated Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, an exciting new concept that brings aviation history to life. Located just outside Blenheim in the Marlborough region of the South Island of New Zealand the centre’s first exhibition, “Knights of the Sky”, occupies 3000 square meters of purpose built display area.

The collection is managed by the 14-18 Aviation Heritage Trust, chaired by the New Zealand film Director Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, King Kong) and comprises one of the worlds largest collections of World War 1 aircraft and memorabilia and has been brought to life with a number of dramatically staged static displays along with flyable planes.

From the AV perspective the entire project was managed by Grant Collie of LDPS, New Zealand. LDPS is a technical solutions company that provides conceptual lighting design, sound solutions and audio-visual production services to the cultural industries and corporate presentation sector. LDPS also provides conceptual design services to the hotel, theatre and conference industries.

With LDPS working to an incredibly tight schedule of just 10 weeks, JANDS were approached to help complete the Audio installation as the project neared completion.

Working alongside Grant Collie, JANDS custom designed the audio distribution system using a combination of a BSS Soundweb London Blu 16 and a single Crown CTS8200 amplifier. Initial design work was carried out at JANDS with further commissioning and system testing performed on site by Rob over a period of 2 very long days (and nights), just prior to the Centre’s official opening.

The 8 audio inputs on the Blu 16 were fed from 4 Gilderfluke solid state audio playback units which provide music, sound effects and ambiances. Playback of the audio files stored within the Gilderflukes is triggered from the Blu 16 via scheduled Logic commands. In turn the Centre’s Alarm Relay board feeds the Blu 16 Control inputs which, via some clever programming and the Blu-16 Logic ouputs, trigger audio alarms and warnings from a dedicated Gilderfluke unit. The 8 Zones of the Centre are powered via a single Crown CTS-8200 which receive their inputs from the Matrix outs of the Blu 16.

The perfect integration of a BSS Soundweb Blu 16 and a simple IR (Infra Red) controller presents the client with an intuitive and simple control interface.


Installed by LDPS

Programming and commissioning support by Jpro