Duncan Aviation recently refurbished a Falcon 2000 at its Kellogg Field facility. The aircraft arrived at Battle Creek Executive airport, Michigan for a prepurchase evaluation, winglets, avionics upgrades, full paint and partial interior.
The new owner was looking to upgrade the current interior and add a personal touch by incorporating the red from his company logo. Lead designer Heather Pridemore worked closely with him to create a classic and clean interior with unique elements.
“The owner of the aircraft was all about using his company's logo and colours to inspire a new look,” says Pridemore. “We worked closely with him to find the perfect visual balance, exploring creative ways to add pops of colour without being overwhelming.”
The Duncan Aviation Interior team completed a full soft goods refurbishment, highlighted by brand new custom seats with red piping and carpet with red accents.
“We used past seat designs as our starting point, tweaking and revising different elements to create a completely custom design,” continues Pridemore. “He wanted something that was sleek and modern, but still maintained a classic, timeless look. The new seats and carpet complement the existing creams and beiges, adding a subtle flair to the bright, clean cabin.”
The owner also wanted something more than the classic Matterhorn white paint, so the team added a little more pizzazz.
“We painted the aircraft with a silver top and a dark-blue base, giving it a streamlined and classic look,” she adds. “We added red stripes to coordinate with the new interior. We worked hard to find the precise balance of neutrals and colour, to create a personal look that is unique to the client.”
In order to maximise the aircraft performance, the owner also asked for the installation of API winglets.
“Duncan Aviation has installed more than 100 pairs of API winglets on Dassault Falcon aircraft,” says avionics sales representative Adrian Chene. “Winglets reduce time to climb and are a very stylish addition.”
It was important that the owner had the option to operate the aircraft as a charter under EASA rules, so the company installed a digital flight data recorder system. Safety of the aircraft was maximised by installing a synthetic vision system that provides a real-time, first person view of terrain on the pilot's flight display regardless of the weather.
For international aircraft, the ability to stay connected is also important, so the owner selected the economical Airtext+ system that allows passengers to send and receive text messages over the global Iridium satellite network.