Duncan Aviation has recently completed a one-of-a-kind Global Express XRS. The owner wanted the aircraft to have texture and to feature bold patterns and non-conventional colours. Rich brown wood flooring in the entryway leads to a carpet that is half leather and half wool. The seat design is reminiscent of the seats in an Aston Martin supercar, with details stitched throughout in brown leather. The headrest also has similar details, but in black leather. The aircraft's galley was given a face lift as well with an eccentric metal design, a black and white Quartz countertop and a tap that resembles a beer tap. In the lavatory, the sidewalls have bright striping in blue, white and black, and the countertops feature a blue and white marble.
In addition to the interior completion, the aircraft received a custom paint scheme that incorporated the owner's brand, a 120-month inspection, a Collins Aerospace Venue cabin management system upgrade and new LED lighting.
Duncan also recently delivered a 2007 Citation XLS with hydrodipped cabinetry and an FMS upgrade. This is the first aircraft of its size to receive fully hydrodipped cabinetry from Duncan. Completions and modifications sales rep Angie Coleman says: “Being able to dip an entire cabinet of an XLS is truly an accomplishment Although the design possibilities are endless and hydrodipping is a more cost-effective solution compared to a re-veneer, the process still requires the same attention to detail, which is where the Duncan Aviation finish team excels.”
Critical to the success of the Duncan Aviation finish shop is the mechanisation it developed for the hydrodipping process. The mechanical arm, which is used to dip components, makes the process more consistent and manageable for larger components, such as a galley cabinet.
Duncan Aviation finish shop team leader Chris Nelson says the team can hydrodip almost anything:. “We have hydrodipped larger components in the past, but this is the first galley we have hydrodipped using the arm. The arm allows our team to dip large objects with ease and mitigate the possibility of imperfections. We are always looking for ways to stay innovative and deliver the best possible products of the highest quality to our customers.”
Duncan Aviation interior manager Jared Stauffer says that the creativity of the team and its passion for serving customers' needs is demonstrated by this project: “As customer demand increased for larger monuments, Nelson and his team identified local talent to customise a tool that met our needs. I'm proud of this team's ability to adapt to our customers' needs and engineer solutions to meet their requests.”