The longevity of a Gulfstream GIV managed by Volo Aviation and available for charter through Solairus Aviation has impressed Duncan Aviation. The aircraft was completed by Duncan in 2007 and placed on static display at NBAA in Atlanta., having had new paint as well as a fresh interior. Duncan says that a look at the aircraft today after 13 years of regular use, proves that its design was timeless and the interior installation and construction were of the highest quality.
Fast forward to today, and the GIV interior and paint have held up well, longer than typically seen in the industry, Duncan Aviation aircraft modifications sales manager Nate Klenke says. Volo Aviation director of maintenance and chief pilot Robert Tod adds: “When I tell passengers that the paint and interior are 13 years old, they are usually stunned.”
“Longevity is subjective; a lot can depend on how often the airplane is used and how many passengers are regularly on board,” continues Klenke. “In addition, the longevity is based on the quality of the products used coupled with quality installation standards and processes. Of course, how well the interior is taken care of, cleaned, and maintained also plays into its lifespan.”
From the beginning, Duncan's design team worked alongside Aviation Aesthetics' owner and founder Havilande Whitcomb to turn the owner's vision into a reality. The team also worked closely with flight attendants to be sure items, like silverware, snacks and beverages were exactly where they needed to be in the reconfigured galley.
“The collaborative effort between a discerning owner, me as an interior designer, the Duncan Aviation design team and the production teams was refreshing,” says Whitcomb. “The level of craftsmanship was incredible and there was razor-like focus on the small details.”