Duncan Aviation Delivers Fully Refurbished Citation 750
Duncan Aviation announces the complete refurbishment of a Citation 750 at its full-service facility in Battle Creek, MI.
When the aircraft arrived, the interior was simple and beige, lacking any pattern or design. The seats were of standard design with headrests that were uncomfortable and didn’t function well, and the interior was worn. The owner of the aircraft envisioned a classic updated scheme that included subtle patterns in a cool grey and navy color scheme.
New highlights of the interior include quilted, double-stitched diamond pattern inserts in the seats and dark, rich navy sidewalls. “He wanted the seats to be the stars,” says Duncan Aviation lead designer, Heather Pridemore. “The contouring shape of the seats, accentuated with blue accent stitch lines, make the seats feel taller and definitely help them stand out.”
The stitching was done using Duncan Aviation’s new state-of-the-art CNC machine that allows the upholstery team to create perforation, multi-color sewing, and multi-color embroidery on aircraft seats and panels. “This machine allows us to control the quality and turn-times and lets our imaginations run wild with possible designs,” says Duncan Aviation’s upholstery team leader, Travis Smith. “The designs are pretty close to endless with what we can do on quilted panels.”
The owner liked the dark, cool grey theme in his interior but wanted to bring in a splash of color. The result was dark, rich blue lower sidewalls that give a classic yet unique look to the interior that ties in perfectly with the blue stitching on the seats.
The carpet is another highlight of the interior. The owner told Pridemore he wanted darker carpet, so she picked a pattern that contained light accents to help balance the darkness of the lower sidewalls and the lightness of the seats. “Everything tied in so well together,” says Pridemore. “Being a small aircraft, it was a priority to make everything look and feel cohesive and flow seamlessly.”
Pridemore incorporated black composite ebony veneer and updated all the plating to a satin chrome finish. The result is a classic, clean, updated interior.
The owner came with an idea of what he wanted for the exterior, and Pridemore made tweaks until it was perfected. The result was a scheme that brings the inside of the aircraft to the outside, highlighted by navy blues, silver and gold accents. The finished product was a modern classic, a sleek look that Pridemore says fits perfectly on the Citation without looking overwhelming. “The long, lean lines running aft to forward made the Citation look bigger than it actually is,” says Pridemore. “The lines pull the aircraft together, making it feel longer and more spacious.”
While the aircraft was down, Duncan Aviation technicians also performed a few minor maintenance items that were due and installed the Collins Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system and the Collins Venue cabin management system.
For more information about any of Duncan Aviation’s services, call +1 402.475.2611 or visit www.DuncanAviation.aero.