Duncan Aviation Paints, Refurbishes Interior and Modernizes Avionics on CJ2+ 

Duncan Aviation announces its paint, airframe, avionics install, and interior teams have completed a multishop effort on a Citation CJ2+ at its facility in Lincoln, NE.

Working with lead designer, Heather Pridemore, from Duncan Aviation’s facility in Battle Creek, MI, interior specialists in Lincoln reupholstered the leather seats, laid new carpet, and installed sharp-looking lower sideledges. The company’s avionics install crew upgraded the flight deck to a Pro Line Fusion suite for domestic flight, and the paint team painted the exterior with a bright, custom-designed paint scheme.

“I upgraded to the Pro Line Fusion suite because it provides more information at your fingertips. It makes your workload as a pilot so much easier,” says owner/operator, Drew Forhan. “The system allows for more heads-up flying, the graphical weather interface is much improved, and the touchscreens are very easy to use.”

The Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion upgrade to the CJ2+ cockpit is only the fourth on an aircraft industry-wide and adds to the nearly 30 Collins Pro Line Fusion upgrades Duncan Aviation has successfully completed on the Citation Jet fleet. 

Pridemore worked closely with Forhan to spec the interior work and design the exterior paint scheme. The interior had been dark, heavy and dated, so the design team worked to produce a light, bright interior.

“His mom was an interior designer, so he knew what he wanted. We worked together to identify a pattern he liked for the lower sideledges, and it really worked out well,” says Pridemore.

“My initial reaction was that I was impressed with the quality of the workmanship,” says Forhan. “The interior design group at Duncan Aviation was very helpful in putting together an interior look that was excellent.”

For the exterior, Forhan wanted the colors of his business incorporated into the paint scheme.

“The owner was at a loss for words when presented with the refurbished aircraft,” says Completions and Modifications senior sales rep, Angie Coleman. “He was more than satisfied with the level of service he received at Duncan Aviation and with how the whole project turned out.” 

Forhan agrees.

“From the quote process to the time during the completion, Duncan Aviation was thorough and accurate in quoting the project and timeline expectations,” Forhan says. “Throughout the process, Duncan was very helpful in keeping me up-to-date with the plane with pictures. Every week, I got pictorial updates, so I could literally see what phase the plane was in. Additionally, the weekly phone conversations with Matt Scherer kept me up-to-date on the plane’s progress.” 

To install the Collins Aerospace Fusion on a CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3 or CL604, contact a member of Duncan Aviation’s avionics sales team at https://duncanaviation.aero/services/avionics-installation/contacts

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