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Duncan Aviation Interior / Paint on display at NBAA

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 @ 03:00 PM

Duncan Aviation paint on a Legacy 600-Provo

Duncan Aviation paint featuring an overall white with Black Pearl and Platinum Pearl Stripes.

Duncan Aviation interior refurbishment on a Legacy 600

Duncan interior refurbishment included new carpet, lower sidewalls, seat tailoring and cabinet touch-up.

At the static display of the 65th Annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Meeting and Convention, is an Embraer Legacy 600 owned by the PreFlown division of Embraer sporting a complete new paint and refurbished interior completed by Duncan Aviation.

The interior refurbishment included new carpet, lower sidewalls, seat tailoring and cabinet touch-up. The paint was completed in Duncan Aviation’s new state-of-the-art paint facility in Lincoln, NE, and featured an overall white with Black Pearl and Platinum Pearl Stripes.

“Working with Duncan Aviation to complete this refurbishment has been a pleasure. The project was completed on time and on budget and right on time to present at NBAA,” says Jim Beckstein, Vice President - PreFlown Aircraft Sales. “This is our first Embraer-Certified PreFlown Legacy 600 (note new registration number N974EC). It highlights our PreFlown’s commitment to bringing the highest pedigree aircraft to the marketplace.  Partnering with Duncan Aviation on this refurbishment only accentuates that point."

PreFlown is a division of Embraer that receives aircraft that have been traded in, assess their condition and identify the most cost effective plan to prepare them for the business jet secondary-market. “We were happy to work with PreFlown and hope that we can continue to partner with Embraer to refurbish more of their aircraft,” says Matt Spain, Completions and Modifications Senior Sales Rep.  “Having an aircraft that has been painted and the interior refurbished by Duncan Aviation is an advantage to selling the aircraft quickly.”

If you are attending NBAA in Orlando, Florida, plan to visit Embraer’s static display at the Orlando Executive Airport. Or stop by Duncan Aviation’s NBAA booth (#5580) and visit with Matt Spain about the new Duncan Aviation paint facility with multiply bays and new down-draft airflow technology


Tags: Interior Refurbishment, Conventions & Exhibitions, Paint Refurbishment

Why New HD Aircraft Displays Won’t Get You HD in the Cabin

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 @ 10:50 AM

Contributed by Chris Christianson, Avionics Tech Rep

cabin HD monitor

Installing HD cabin displays alone isn’t enough to get HD video in the cabin. Why? HD won’t work with legacy Cabin Management Systems (CMSs) because they use an old technology platform that isn’t compatible with HD signals. This has come as a surprise to more than one operator that I’ve talked to.

For a long time, core aircraft systems didn’t need modification to modernize the cabin because the technology never changed. Manufacturers just made better equipment using the same technology. A lot of airplanes migrated to better equipment to keep the cabin up-to-date, but they never migrated away from the old technology. It still used the same signal.

Video Quality Factors

The first thing people expect from an HD upgrade is a new monitor. What they don’t understand is that the monitor alone won’t give them HD video. Somewhere between the monitor and the Blu-ray player is an impressive amount of wiring and the aircraft’s CMS. Both directly affect the quality of the video that appears on the cabin monitor, and the ability to add on new equipment in the immediate future.

HD is a new technology, a new signal, and we can’t integrate it correctly until we upgrade the entire platform that connects the majority of systems in the cabin. It all comes back to the fact that the old technology can’t support the new signal.

For cabin monitors to reach their maximum potential, the wiring installed in the cabin must be able to support the HD signals sent by the CMS. The analog wiring interface may need to be (or should be) replaced with a digital wiring interface. Ideally the CMS, monitors and wiring should all support the same video signals. This reduces transmission delays and switching issues, which are common problems for legacy systems.

Duncan Aviation has a chart of video resolutions supported by different cable types available in a field guide to HD cabin entertainment upgrades.

Upgrade Alternatives

There are HD upgrade alternatives, like creating one-off, workaround solutions for each new component, such as a Blu-ray player. Additional units can be bolted on to translate between the old and new technology, but it tends to create more problems than it solves, like switching and latency issues. In the long term, the amount of downtime, troubleshooting and repair costs can easily become more expensive than the initial cost to upgrade the CMS.

If passengers want HD, and they want it to last, they need to be prepared to pay significantly more than what their home entertainment system cost. The reason is upgrading to HD involves much more than just upgrading to HD monitors.

For more information about cabin HD upgrades, read “HD Cabin Entertainment Upgrades: Requirements, Upgrade Paths and Alternatives” at www.DuncanAviation.aero/fieldguides.

Cabin HD Solutions

Duncan Aviation designs and installs complete HD upgrade solutions for a variety of business aircraft, and we offer a three-year warranty on labor and workmanship. We are among the most innovative and experienced with avionics systems modification and installation in our industry, which results in fewer squawks and more on-time and under budget deliveries. Contact an Avionics Installations Sales Rep. for more information.

Chris Christianson serves as an Avionics Tech Rep at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb. (LNK) full-service facility, specializing in Astra, Challenger, Citation, Embraer, Falcon, Gulfstream, Hawker, Learjet, Global and Westwind aircraft. His aviation career began in 1997.

Tags: Avionics Installation, Interior Refurbishment

FAA Flammability Testing Requirements for Business Aircraft

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Thu, May 17, 2012 @ 03:27 PM

 Contributed by Cliff Barker, Flammability Engineer

GIV Cabin Seat

In 1984 the FAA increased its flammability requirements beginning with the materials used for cabin seat cushions.

From 1981 - 1983, there were 277 transport category aircraft accidents in the United States. Of all the accidents that involved a post-crash fire, 34 were determined to be SURVIVABLE, yet nearly 600 passengers still suffered fatal injuries. In an effort to reduce the hazardous risks to passengers and crew aboard an aircraft during a SURVIVABLE accident, in 1984 the FAA began requiring certain materials used within the interior an aircraft to pass more stringent flammability requirements beginning with the materials used for seat cushions.

Today, all materials used in major repairs and alternation of an aircraft must past a series of FAA-approved flammability tests to be cleared for use. Although minor repairs/alterations do not require FAA approved test data, testing must still be provided to show that the proper testing was conducted for the material “As Installed” and that the results of these test are within their passing criteria

As a part Duncan Intelligence LIVE held May 23 in Battle Creek, MI, I will be leading an Inspector Authorization (IA) course on Flammability Testing that covers the FAA’s Flammability Regulations and how they are applied throughout the aircraft.

Duncan Intelligence LIVE

Duncan Intelligence LIVE is a free educational business aviation seminar, hosted by Duncan Aviation's Regional Managers. It is a face-to-face forum discussion with industry experts on hot industry topics as well as courses with Inspector Authorization (IA) renewal credit.

There is no cost for the event or meals and seating is limited. Come early the day before and enjoy an evening of golf and food. Click here to view all the course offerings and register for the event.

Cliff Barker is a Flammability Engineer at Duncan Aviation’sBattle Creek,MI, facility. He specializes in FAA Flammability Regulations. His aviation career began in 1978.

Tags: Regulations, Interior Refurbishment, IA Renewal Events

How to Create an Interior Maintenance Plan for your Business Aircraft

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 @ 09:00 AM

Contributed by Interior Modification Reps. Nate Darlington and Matthew Schepers

Calendar

With proper planning, a complete interior modification can be effectively phased over several years of regularly scheduled maintenance events.

Interior maintenance plans plans help operators anticipate and plan for aircraft interior maintenance by making note of functionality and appearance, planning interior services and budgeting more effectively. If a plan is followed, it also helps reduce long term costs, avoids extra downtime and keeps the interior in pristine condition.

To develop your own interior maintenance plan, try getting started with these four steps.

1. Assess how the aircraft is used.

Aircraft that fly longer missions with more passengers are likely to experience more damage to finishes and softgoods over a shorter period of time. Anticipate that interior repairs and touch-ups will be needed more frequently.

2. Estimate the lifespan of interior items.

Make a complete list of items that target all aspects of an interior—from softgoods to veneer, from the cockpit to the aft baggage compartment—and estimate how long each item will last before it begins to look worn.

3. Identify required maintenance events.

Identify inspection intervals, estimated downtimes and what (if any) interior items will be affected by each inspection.

4. Match interior repairs with inspections that require similar downtimes.

Inspections that require removal and reinstallation of interior items are a prime opportunity to repair those items. For example, inspections that require the removal of seats and floorboards are a prime opportunity to replace carpet and recover seats without extending the service schedule.

Estimating downtimes and determining what interior services can, or should, be scheduled with which events can get complicated quickly. Duncan Aviation works with operators to create custom interior maintenance schedules for Directors of Maintenance (DOMs) and their aircraft, free of cost or obligation. For more information, or to request a phased interior maintenance schedule, please visit www.DuncanAviation.aero/interior.

Nate Darlington serves as an Interior Modifications Rep. at Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Michigan facility, and began working in aviation in 2001. Matthew Schepers also serves as an Interior Modifications Rep. at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Nebraska facility, and began working in aviation in 2005. Nate and Matthew both work with operators to plan phased interior maintenance schedules for their aircraft.

Tags: Interior Refurbishment, Maintenance Event Planning

Reducing Interior Refurbishment Costs with Preventive Maintenance

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 @ 10:54 AM

Contributed by Interior Modification Reps. Nate Darlington and Matthew Schepers

Damaged aircraft cabinet veneer

This drawer front veneer damage was caused by a strike that was out of alignment. This can be avoided with periodic door and drawer adjustments.

Maintaining an aircraft interior involves much more than keeping the carpets and seats clean. Functional interior items also require regular adjustment, and if done regularly can help an interior modification last longer.

Articulating chairs, executive tables, doors and cabinets will break or damage surrounding materials if they aren’t maintained. It takes very little time to make sure doors and drawers are properly adjusted and won’t puncture the cabinet veneer. Otherwise it takes multiple hours to repair and refinish the veneer.

When interior items become a nuisance, scheduling can become a last-minute addition to the workscope, which can extend downtime and increase costs beyond the budgeted expenses. Aircraft availability can also be affected if last-minute additions cause scheduling conflicts, or when there isn’t enough lead time to order necessary materials. As a general rule, larger aircraft should have interior projects planned at least six to eight weeks in advance. Smaller aircraft can be done with less lead time, about four to six weeks.

Operators tend to consider the condition of an interior about every six years or so (the typical lifespan of an interior). However, not all materials last that long without regular maintenance. The ideal way to schedule interior maintenance is to coordinate it with phased airframe maintenance events of similar downtimes. At Duncan Aviation, we call this approach “Phased Interior Maintenance.”

For example, maintenance events that require the removal and reinstallation of seats and floorboards are a prime opportunity to install carpet and replace softgoods. Nearly all aspects of an interior refurbishment can be divided among multiple maintenance events, which helps improve aircraft availability and keeps an interior looking new through the end of its functional lifespan.

Duncan Aviation works with operators to create custom interior maintenance schedules for Directors of Maintenance (DOMs) and their aircraft, free of cost or obligation. For advice on how to keep your aircraft interior looking new without the expense and downtime of a complete interior refurbishment, request a phased interior maintenance schedule at www.DuncanAviation.aero/interior.

Nate Darlington serves as an Interior Modifications Rep. at Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Michigan facility, and began working in aviation in 2001. Matthew Schepers also serves as an Interior Modifications Rep. at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Nebraska facility, and began working in aviation in 2005. Nate and Matthew both work with operators to plan phased interior maintenance schedules for their aircraft.

Tags: Interior Refurbishment

Duncan Download Celebrates the 100th Blog Post

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 @ 09:25 AM

Duncan Aviation

 

In March of 2010, the first blog post for the Duncan Download was published. Today, in honor of our 100th blog post and the success of all of Duncan Aviation, we are sharing with you a list of 100 achievements, milestones and down-right cool things to brag about that have occurred at Duncan Aviation since the first post.

Celebrate with us.

Company

  1. 55th anniversary of company founding observed
  2. 168,377 square feet of leather goods purchased for new aircraft interiors at BTL and LNK
  3. 5,457 Component Solutions customers served worldwide
  4. 7,259,089 gallons of Jet A fuel sold at Kalamazoo, MI (AZO), Battle Creek, MI (BTL) and Lincoln, NE (LNK)
  5. 133,864 gallons of Avgas sold at AZO, BTL and LNK
  6. 1,652 aircraft delivered out of maintenance at BTL, LNK and Provo, UT (PVU)
  7. 615 business aircraft maintenance road trips to seven countries from all locations
  8. 160 business aviation conventions and events attended by Duncan Aviation
  9. 1,342 AOG engines returned to service in the field by Engine Rapid Response
  10. 1,810 engines returned to service out of BTL and LNK
  11. 204 TFE731 MPIs performed in LNK
  12. 22 Pratt & Whitney Hot Sections performed in BTL
  13. 126,077 Fed Ex packages shipped and received totaling 3,709,389 pounds
  14. 258 aircraft interior refurbishments performed in BTL and LNK
  15. 93 business aircraft painted at BTL
  16. 141 aircraft Wi-Fi solutions installed per a STC at all locations; majority under a Duncan Aviation STC
  17. 157 in-flight internet solutions installed. Duncan Aviation is the market leader
  18. 30 WAAS/LPV systems installed at all locations
  19. 25 Falcon winglets installed at BTL and LNK
  20. 52 Falcon dry bay mods completed at BTL and LNK
  21. 24 Gulfstream water line ribbon heaters upgrades (ASC 469/173) performed
  22. 63 business aircraft prebuy evaluations performed in BTL, LNK and PVU
  23. 624 aircraft landing gear legs overhauled
  24. 1,851 aircraft batteries overhauled or reblocked
  25. 13,710,410 aviation parts sold
  26. 345,000 Component Solutions customer service calls
  27. 11,360 aviation tools calibrated
  28. 2,355 NDT inspections performed
  29. Secured full contractual logistic support for the Mexican Navy Lear program 
  30. 4 year F20 contract renewed with Royal Norwegian Air Force
  31. 13,800 additional labor hours contracted with Offutt AFB in OMA
  32. 1 year contract renewed with Egyptian Air Force
  33. 2 L60 Flight Inspection Aircraft delivered to the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation
  34. Signed contract for Egyptian Air Force G3 Hush Kit installation
  35. 62 customer dinners at BTL and LNK
  36. 10 customers serving on Duncan Aviation’s Customer Advisory Board
  37. 10 members of Duncan Aviation’s Board of Advisors
  38. 10 customers to serve on the new Duncan Aviation European Customer Advisory Board

Facilities

  1. 25th anniversary of Avionics Satellite Network observed
  2. 10th engine Rapid Response location opened in Seattle, WA
  3. 4 new Satellite Avionics locations opened
  4. 3rd aircraft maintenance facility opened in Provo, UT, with Bombardier (Challenger/Learjet) Authorization
  5. 1 new paint hangar construction project breaks ground at LNK
  6. AHA Fit Friendly Platinum awarded to BTL and LNK
  7. Regional Health Alliance Workplace Wellness Award presented to BTL
  8. 2010 United Way Corporate Volunteer Company of the Year presented to BTL

Authorizations & Certifications

  1. 30th anniversary of Honeywell Authorized TFE731 Major Service Center
  2. 51 revisions approved for existing STCs
  3. 8 type design amendments approved for existing STCs
  4. 16 new STCs issued
  5. 7 Wi-Fi STCs issued in seven airframes, including the first Wi-Fi STC in the Citation 750
  6. 6 WAAS/LPV STCs issued, including the first Learjet 31A, the first Honeywell NZ-2000 FMS in a Falcon 900B and Challenger 601-3A
  7. 6 foreign certificates renewed by audit
  8. 5 PMA supplements added
  9. 4 interior alteration STCs issued
  10. 1 FIS STC issued
  11. First iPad integration for Cabin Control in Falcon 900 certified, iCabin service mark earned
  12. PVU named Embraer Authorized Service Facility for Phenom 100, 300
  13. New authorizations added to China CAAC Repair Station Certificate
  14. Named exclusive repair service provider for Avidyne Legacy Display System

Private Flight Services

  1. Launched Safety Management System
  2. 11 aircraft owned, managed and operated
  3. 2,800 flight hours flown by 13 Duncan Aviation pilots
  4. 1,000,000 miles flown by 13 Duncan Aviation pilot

Team members

  1. 20th anniversary of Duncan Aviation Project Manager Services
  2. 10th anniversary of Engine Rapid Response AOG Services
  3. 475 military veterans serving at Duncan Aviation
  4. 312 new Duncan Aviation employees hired
  5. 230 technicians attended OEM factory training for 14 airframe or engine types
  6. 12 Duncan Aviation employees retired
  7. 217 employees volunteered for the 2010 National Special Olympic Games in Lincoln, NE
  8. 35 Duncan Aviation employees employed at least 25 years inducted into Silver Wings Club
  9. 77 babies born to Duncan Aviation families
  10. 15 employees serving on business aviation industry boards
  11. 13 employees qualified in or expanded responsibilities as Unit Members under ODA designation
  12. 20 multilingual representatives located in 14 countries
  13. 1 new European Regional Manager
  14. 2,746 vacation hours donated to fellow coworkers in need
  15. 2,327 items of food donated to local food programs
  16. United Way Corporate Volunteer Company of the year for 2010 (BTL)
  17. $177,981 raised for United Way at LNK, BTL and AZO
  18. Generously supported many other local charities in every community  

Informational Resources

  1. Job status tracking launched for myDuncan.aero
  2. ADS-B Straight Talk book published.
  3. Field Guides published about business aircraft Issues
  4. The Duncan Download Blog launched
  5. Understanding WAAS/LPV” Video Series launched
  6. 73 Duncan Intelligence articles published
  7. 72% increase in new visits to www.DuncanAviation.aero
  8. Updated company logo designed and introduced
  9. Company video, websites and brochure launched in five languages
  10. Web directory expanded to include profiles of customer contacts
  11. WAAS/LPV calculator launched to demonstrate technology value
  12. Inflight internet system selection tool launched

Additional Service Offerings

  1. Bombardier Global Service capabilities expanded
  2. Phased Interior Maintenance program launched
  3. Interior Program with 14-Day Downtime Guarantee launched for Learjet and Citation models
  4. Chrome-free paint process launched
  5. New avionics capabilities for Avidyne Flightmax indicators, ELTA and Socata ELTs
  6. Earth-friendly interior materials selected for interior refurbishments

Tags: Parts & Accessories, Avionics & Instruments, Avionics Installation, Engine Maintenance, Interior Refurbishment, Paint Refurbishment, AOG

4 Ways to Extend the Life of an Aircraft Interior

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Fri, May 27, 2011 @ 01:36 PM

Contributed by Interior Modification Reps. Nate Darlington and Matthew Schepers

Proper adjustment of cabinet drawers

It takes very little time to make sure doors and drawers are properly adjusted and won’t puncture the cabinet veneer.

Interior modifications are trending away from complete refurbishments and moving toward partial interior work. Most DOMs are keeping costs down by fixing only what they must to help their interiors look and feel less worn. It’s easier on the balance sheets, but leaves something to be desired in passenger comfort and peace of mind.

With proper planning, a complete interior modification can be effectively phased over several years of regularly scheduled maintenance events. Doing so can extend the “like-new” quality of an interior through to the end of its functional lifespan. More importantly, regular interior maintenance can also help materials last longer, prevent damage, lower costs and increase aircraft availability.

We call this approach “phased interior maintenance.” Here are four ways to get started.

1. Maintain functional items to prevent damage.

Ongoing maintenance of big ticket items extends their lifespan and makes an interior investment last longer, says Matthew. Functional items can break or damage surrounding materials if they aren’t maintained.

It takes very little time to make sure doors and drawers are properly adjusted and won’t puncture the cabinet veneer, says Nate. Otherwise it takes multiple hours to repair and refinish the veneer.

2. Schedule interior items with related maintenance events.

Pairing inspections that require removal and reinstallation of interior items with maintenance for those same items can save weeks of downtime, says Matthew. Inspections that require the removal of seats and floorboards are a prime opportunity to replace carpet and recover seats without extending the service schedule.

3. Anticipate scheduling and budget considerations.

Aircraft availability can be affected if last-minute additions cause scheduling conflicts, or if there isn’t enough lead time to order necessary materials. As a general rule, larger aircraft should have interior projects planned at least six to eight weeks in advance, says Matthew. Smaller aircraft can be done with less lead time, about four to six weeks.

4. Create an interior maintenance schedule.

Estimating downtimes and determining what interior modification services can, or should, be scheduled with maintenance events can get complicated quickly. An interior maintenance plan helps operators perform annual evaluations, anticipate interior repairs, and budget more effectively, says Nate. If the plan is followed, it also helps soften the blow to the balance sheets by spreading interior costs over several years.

Duncan Aviation works with operators to create custom interior maintenance schedules for Directors of Maintenance (DOMs) and their aircraft, free of cost or obligation. For more information, or to request a phased interior maintenance schedule, please visit www.DuncanAviation.aero/interior.

Nate Darlington serves as an Interior Modifications Rep. at Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Michigan facility, and began working in aviation in 2001. Matthew Schepers also serves as an Interior Modifications Rep. at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Nebraska facility, and began working in aviation in 2005. Nate and Matthew both work with operators to plan phased interior maintenance schedules for their aircraft.

Tags: Interior Refurbishment

MRO Maintenance Event Planning: Pre-Planning Benefits

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Wed, Mar 09, 2011 @ 08:34 AM

maintenance event

Planning maintenance events in advance helps establish expectations for both you and your chosen MRO.

Whether or not you have an in-house flight department capable of minor inspections and maintenance on your aircraft, occasionally, you will need to visit a Maintenance Repair Organization (MRO) for larger inspections requiring specialized tooling, more available trained technicians and the hangar space to efficiently perform all required maintenance.

Whether the workscope is large or small, the planning should be done well in advance in a well organized and methodical manner. The result will be a better experience and a united service expectation for both you and your chosen MRO.

Preplanning helps both the operator and the service facility get what they want—a quality job done efficiently and on time.

How preplanning benefits you:

  1. You are in control.
  2. Freedom to choose a convenient downtime.
  3. Choice of service providers.
  4. High-quality job, delivered on time, for the best value.

How preplanning helps the service provider:

  1. Time to dedicate the best technicians to your aircraft.
  2. Schedule the correct amount of resources.
  3. Better coordination, scheduling and parts provisioning.
  4. Time to perform at peak efficiency and quality.

Every maintenance event is an opportunity to achieve maximum results with minimum downtime. Learn how to leverage scheduled and unscheduled events to your advantage through preplanning and compare key points when selecting an MRO and planning maintenance events.

If you have questions about maintenance event planning, call a Duncan Aviation Sales Representative for your airframe.

Tags: Avionics Installation, Airframe Maintenance, Interior Refurbishment, Maintenance Event Planning, Paint Refurbishment

10 Questions To Compare Business Aviation MROs

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 @ 01:17 PM

MRO Comparison Worksheet

An MRO Comparison Worksheet is available that helps you compare three service providers side-by-side.

As a business aircraft owner/operator, Chief Pilot or DOM, you have orders to cut expenses and come in under budget. That makes it very tempting to go with the maintenance facility offering the lowest bid. However, without fully understanding exactly what each bid includes—or more importantly does not include—going with the lowest number may have the highest cost when the final bill arrives.

After weighing the hard costs of the project and making sure the quotes provided are comparing like products and services, go beyond the bid number and properly compare each MRO.

Identify your priorities and get the answers to these questions.

  1. What is their plan to meet your downtime requirement?
  2. How much experience do they have performing your required maintenance or modification?
  3. What is their stated warranty and what does it include?
  4. What are the hidden charges? engineering services, interior R&R, consumables?
  5. Are they an Authorized Service Facility / Authorized Dealer?
  6. How are unexpected squawks and discrepancies communicated?
  7. Will factory-trained technicians be working on your aircraft?
  8. Do they have an FAA approved drug and alcohol prevention program?
  9. How much insurance will be protecting your aircraft while in their hangar?
  10. How will you approve squawks and discrepancies if not on-site?

Use this MRO Comparison Worksheet as a tool to compare your top service provider candidates side-by-side. Key points are identified to more easily find and compare the strengths and weaknesses of each organization.

Compare up to three MROs using the MRO Comparison Worksheet.

Tags: Avionics Installation, Engine Maintenance, Airframe Maintenance, Interior Refurbishment

12 Eco-Friendly Materials for Aircraft Interiors

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Tue, Mar 01, 2011 @ 09:00 AM

Contributed by Lori Browning, Aircraft Interior Designer

In my previous post, Exploring "Green" Materials for Aircraft Interiors, I discussed how I was inspired by some recent eco-friendly fabric collections, and I found that the properties that make them green also make them suitable for aviation burn regulations.

I went beyond fabrics and started looking into carpets, veneers, and other materials used in corporate aircraft to find the most sustainable products available. Here are 12 of my favorite materials and how they might be used to design an eco-friendly aircraft interior:

eco-friendly aircraft interior materials

  • 1A - Seats: Green Hides Leather, processed using environmentally-friendly, low-emission mineral tanning formulas and finished with water-based products.
  • 1B - Cabinet interior: LEED-certified material for recycled content, indoor air quality and rapidly renewable resources.
  • Carpet option: 100% rapidly renewable, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified wool.
  • 1C - Carpet option: 100% rapidly renewable, LEED-certified wool.
  • 1D - Divan: Bamboo fiber material.
  • 2A - Carpet option: 100% rapidly renewable, LEED-certified wool.
  • 2B - Sidewalls: 100% natural silk.
  • 2C - Countertops: quartz surface made from 93% quartz, an abundant natural resource with low levels of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions.
  • 2D - Lower side wall: 100% natural silk.
  • 3A - Divan pillows: bamboo and organic cotton.
  • 3B - Lavatory panel and seat pillows: 100% natural silk.
  • 3C - Cabinetry: rapidly-renewable wood veneer.
  • 3D - Baggage compartment: natural wool and cotton, 100% compostable yarns.

Lori Browning is a Designer at Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Mich. (BTL) facility, specializing in business aircraft modifications, completions and refurbishments. She began working in aviation in 2006.

Tags: Interior Refurbishment

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