Local sound engineer designs entertainment system in Trump’s plane

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - The South Florida man behind the entertainment system on Donald Trump’s personal jet said he aimed to design state-of-the-art equipment that matched his larger-than-life employer.

It’s no secret that the billionaire businessman and current Republican presidential nominee likes luxury, so there’s plenty of bling on board his 757 jet emblazoned with his name. Boasting gold-plated seat belts and faucets, no expense was spared.

That includes the entertainment system, designed and installed by SkyTheater in Fort Lauderdale. “I was going to design the most amazing audio-video system anybody had ever seen in a plane before,” said sound engineer Gregg Launer.

Launer declined to reveal how much the equipment cost but did say it took nine months to complete the project. “The whole thing was basically a modern movie theater, 16-channel,” he said. “Thousands and thousands of watts were put in there.”

Each chair has its own audio-visual touch screen. The DVD player holds thousands of films. Even the guest room has a custom-built theater.

Launer chose a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” to show off the finished product to Trump. The reaction was positive enough to earn the candidate’s seal of approval.

The project’s price tag, however, is classified information. “Well, I don’t talk political about any client,” said Launer. “That’s just the way I am.”

The first thing Trump chose to listen to on his new entertainment system was an Elton John song.

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