AUTOFLUG and Diehl Aviation are to collaborate on MULTIBASE, a modular pallet system that allows transport aircraft to be individually equipped and converted for the respective mission in the shortest possible time.

Diehl and AUTOFLUG partner on MULTIBASE system

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AUTOFLUG and Diehl Aviation are to collaborate on MULTIBASE, a modular pallet system that allows transport aircraft to be individually equipped and converted for the respective mission in the shortest possible time.

AUTOFLUG and Diehl Aviation are to collaborate on MULTIBASE, a modular pallet system that allows transport aircraft to be individually equipped and converted for the respective mission in the shortest possible time.

Diehl Aviation is complementing the existing broad range of AUTOFLUG equipment with further essential components, allowing for a much greater variation in use.

A crew rest compartment specially developed by Diehl for use on the AUTOFLUG MULTIBASE allows the cockpit crew to be changed during the flight, thereby considerably extending the flight time. The sleeping compartment, which can accommodate up to four crew members is soundproofed making it possible for crew to take rest periods during a long-haul flight. There is also plenty of privacy and storage space for personal belongings. Ambient lighting and individual connection options for personal equipment provide for a comfortable stay.

Another module from Diehl’s cabin specialists comprises a complete galley positioned on an AUTOFLUG MULTIBASE. The galley itself can be pre-configured depending on the mission. This is achieved through the individual combination of different modules for the transport and preparation of food as well as modules featuring an integrated water connection and sink. Such combinations can be assembled as required and can be installed in the aircraft in a matter of minutes.

A toilet module based on the AUTOFLUG MULTIBASE makes it possible to install up to four complete on-board toilets in the cargo hold at short notice. A tank system consisting of fresh and wastewater, each of which is exchanged at ground level, makes it possible to operate the individual modules without connecting them to the on-board network.

The various modules with galley and on-board toilets can also be combined with MULTIBASE pallets equipped with additional seats.

“The achievable benefits for the user of the pallet solution due to the Diehl Aviation cabin solutions are quite simply huge,” explained Martin Kroell, Managing Partner at AUTOFLUG. “For many users, allowing a crew of four to take a sleep break on a transportation aircraft during a flight is a breakthrough achievement.”

“We see great potential for our joint customers in the idea of expanding the operational spectrum of transport aircraft through modular outfitting and conversion,” added Josef Köcher, CEO of Diehl Aviation. “AUTOFLUG’s innovative MULTIBASE system, in combination with our cabin solutions, allows for flexibility that has not previously been possible.”

Romanian national flag carrier TAROM has signed a firm order to acquire three ATR 72-600 as part of a continuation of its fleet modernisation which began in 2019.

TAROM continues fleet modernisation with latest ATR order

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Romanian national flag carrier TAROM has signed a firm order to acquire three ATR 72-600 as part of a continuation of its fleet modernisation which began in 2019.

Romanian national flag carrier TAROM has signed a firm order to acquire three ATR 72-600 as part of a continuation of its fleet modernisation which began in 2019.

The deal will see the airline upscale its ATR 42-500 fleet to the larger 72-seat ATR 72-600 aircraft, offering more capacity and welcoming passengers into the comfort of the latest generation ATR Armonia cabin, designed in collaboration with Giugiaro Design.

TAROM Chief Executive Officer Catalin Prunariu said: “Having been an ATR pilot, I have witnessed firsthand, the importance of the connectivity that they provide. They are an essential link to communities all over Romania. As a CEO, I also see the value of their efficiency and flexibility. When we began to modernise our fleet, it made perfect sense to choose the ATR and as this mission continues while the world looks to recover from the challenging backdrop of the global pandemic, airlines need to have the most efficient aircraft possible. We are sure that ATR is the right choice; now and for the future.

ATR Chief Executive Officer Stefano Bortoli commented: “TAROM’s ongoing fleet modernisation project shows how essential turboprops are for regional connectivity. Its fleet of 42-500 aircraft have proved the viability of domestic routes throughout Romania and delivered valuable connections for local communities. By continuing to grow their fleet with the larger ATR 72-600 TAROM is proving its dedication to their passengers. They will use the new aircraft to offer more routes and more seats, which in turn helps the communities that they serve to grow thanks to these connections. That is the beauty of regional connectivity, and we are proud to be a part of it.”

An aquarium is just example of projected scene offered by EXPLORER

LHT and Diehl push creative boundaries of VIP cabins

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An aquarium is just example of projected scene offered by EXPLORER

Lufthansa Technik AG and Diehl are to display an enhanced version of their new wide-body VIP cabin concept EXPLORER, at the forthcoming Dubai Air Show (November 14 – 18).

Visitors to the Monaco Yacht Show have already had a preview of the design concept which is based on the current trend for superyachts to take their owners nearly anywhere at any time and serve as a personal hotel and base camp for the most diverse kinds of recreational activities and excursions.

Lufthansa Technik’s specialists have chosen the Airbus A330 as the platform for realising these customer wishes in private aviation. As a classic wide-body aircraft, it offers sufficient space for a large number of novel cabin ideas and also a sufficient range to fulfil the special wishes of the EXPLORER target group.

“In yacht building, multifunctional exploration vessels have now become a class in their own right. And many owners of such vessels also call an aircraft their own,” explained Wieland Timm, Head of Sales VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services at Lufthansa Technik. “For this fast-growing target group of VIP world explorers, we have therefore now created a flying platform for the first time. Unlike a yacht, however, our EXPLORER aircraft allows passengers to travel to the other side of the globe within hours and set up their own individual base camp for further activities. This opens up completely new possibilities for explorers.”

The EXPLORER concept features a large-scale integrated projection system for virtual content, which extends from the window belt to almost the entire cabin ceiling in the multifunctional lounge area. Lufthansa Technik’s design team integrated Diehl’s projection technology and tailored it specifically to the use in a VIP cabin. By positioning the small, lightweight and passively cooled projectors into the sidewall and ceiling elements, large-scale virtual impressions are created, the content of which customers can configure individually according to their wishes with the help of a corresponding software solution from Diehl.

“By integrating the unique projection system of Diehl, we have created an interior that exploits the technology`s full potential for a VIP cabin,” said Michael Bork, Aircraft Interior Architect in VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services at Lufthansa Technik. “It is optimised under technical and aesthetic aspects to provide an adequate framework for bringing a variety of atmospheres and virtual worlds to life, changing the overall look of the cabin by a fingertip.”

“We are proud of the outstanding results of the cooperation with our partners at Lufthansa Technik,” said Harald Mehring, Chief Customer Officer of Diehl Aviation. “The specialists of our two companies have created truly breath-taking worlds for our shared customers, which become almost tangible in the cabin, and which create an exclusive atmosphere.”

The first short teaser shown in Monaco featured an animated underwater world.

Another feature is the floor in the forward fuselage area, which extends outward from the parked aircraft to form a spacious veranda. The main deck cargo hatch on the Airbus A330 freighter, which is now also available as a retrofit solution for passenger versions, opens up the EXPLORER interior to its surroundings, into which passengers can then immerse themselves directly via a platform that can be extended by several meters.

At a height of around four meters above the apron, passengers of the EXPLORER aircraft are offered a unique view of the surroundings.

To ensure that the VIPs’ vehicle fleet can be attractively presented to guests and fellow passengers, the Lufthansa Technik team envisions a special Mobility Lounge in the aft section of the lower deck, which can already be viewed from the main deck through a glass floor. This special area will be created in cooperation with BRABUS, a leading manufacturer of high-performance and luxury automobiles, and will be jointly presented at one of the upcoming trade shows. Via a convenient staircase, the Luxury Mobility Lounge will be easily accessible to passengers from the main deck, even during the flight. It will also cater to the technical needs of the automotive treasures carried on board.

In addition to classic room elements such as bedrooms and guest rooms, bathrooms, offices, dining and conference areas, there are also some new design ideas. Another such highlight is the multifunctional room in the rear of the aircraft. It meets the needs of all those world explorers who do not want to do without their usual fitness and wellness facilities on long-haul flights. For emergencies, this space can also be converted into a flying hospital room.

The design configuration currently showcased is designed for up to 12 VIP passengers. Alternatively, further modular variants with up to 47 passengers are also possible on the basis of this concept. These can include, for example, a much more individual owner’s module with a master bedroom and bathroom as well as an office, but also larger areas for the crew or additional entourage.

Lufthansa Technik will use the EXPLORER concept as an ideas laboratory to further develop and present other ideas and technologies that currently exist only on the drawing board.

Savback Helicopters

Savback Helicopters and GHT developing ultralight helicopter

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Sweden’s Savback Helicopters and GHT of Italy are collaborating on a new concept of ultralight helicopter.

Evolving out of an existing GHT line, the new turbine-engine, two-seater aircraft draws inspiration from the automotive industry, with streamlined bodywork and luxurious cabin finish, including leather from Ferrari’s own supplier.

Equipped with full-authority digital engine control (FADEC), a system unique in its class, the new ultralight delivers turboshaft efficiency and reliability alongside performance including speed in excess of 100 knots (185 km/h) and a 255 nautical mile (472 km) range. Competitively priced among high-end, turbine-engined ultralight helicopters, the aircraft will be available to buy soon.

“Thanks to the collaboration with the Savback Helicopter Team, this new model has changed its Look and Design. Modifications have been made to the fuselage before, obtaining excellent visual and aerodynamic results, given the results obtained both in the wind tunnel and in-flight tests. Changes have also been made to the interior design using the highest quality finishes, to create a very elegant and efficient cockpit,” commented GHT Founder and owner Grillo Claudio

“The new model is a step-forward for next generation, easy and quick, personal and private mobility helicopters, our re-imagined vision will provide a next-generation experience that brings freedom of movement, security, low cost, high reliability and low consumption rate.”

JC&Aero STC for permanent in-cabin cargo for A330 cabins

J&C Aero and SmartLynx Airlines working towards permanent EASA STC approval

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JC&Aero STC for permanent in-cabin cargo for A330 cabins

International aviation design and production company J&C Aero and SmartLynx Airlines have strengthened their in-cabin cargo transportation partnership.

Under a new agreement J&C Aero’s engineers will manage the certification process for the air carrier to receive a permanent EASA STC for cargo transportation inside Airbus A330 cabins. Previously, J&C Aero had provided engineering support for SmartLynx Airlines to receive temporal approval for the modification of five Airbus A330 with Zero LOPA.

Under the Zero LOPA project, J&C Aero has developed all the necessary technical and legal documentation required to conduct cabin modification on five wide-body aircraft operated by SmartLynx Airlines. In addition, the company’s engineers conducted technical oversight of the modification works and ensured their subsequent temporary certification by aviation authorities. Completed modifications enabled the air carrier to operate Airbus A330s that can be relatively easily converted from passenger to cargo operations and vice versa.

“Back at the beginning of 2020, J&C Aero was the first and only holder of an EASA STC that allowed cargo transportation inside passenger cabins without any time or flight hour limitations. Today, the market demand evolved further, and airlines require even more flexibility in terms of fleet operations. It is vital for them to utilise the full capacity of their cabins while being able to easily change between PAX and cargo operations as the demand shifts. This particularly concerns the wide-body segment whereas many operators were forced to ground their long-haul aircraft amid the pandemic. But the ability to have an aircraft that is both passenger- and cargo-ready without conducting the full-fledge P2F conversion allows airlines to seize new opportunities on the cargo market while the travel segment is still recovering. With this in mind, we are very thankful to SmartLynx Airlines for entrusting the certification process with us and look forward to a smooth receipt of an STC by the carrier,” said Vitalijus Malyška, the COO of J&C Aero.

Each of SmartLynx Airlines’ seatless Airbus A330 has up to 34 cargo zones for cargo containers or nets with a total transportation capacity of 260 m3 and up to 55,000 kg of cargo. With all necessary temporary approvals by aviation authorities received, the airline already operates the modified aircraft on transatlantic and transpacific routes, transporting medical supplies and other cargo types and being ready for the growing demand as the pre-Christmas season approaches. With the support of J&C Aero engineers, the airline anticipates completing the certification for a permanent EASA STC by the end of autumn 2021.

Robert Woods, VP Technical at SmartLynx Airlines commented on the agreement: “We are delighted to continue our successful partnership with J&C Aero as we continue strengthening our positions in the cargo market. Throughout our cooperation, we have always been pleased with the quality and efficiency of J&C Aero. We trust that as we take larger steps into the long-haul market, having such a reliable partner will be truly beneficial for our company.”

British Airways is continuing with the roll out of its newest business class seat, Club Suite, as it continues to retrofit the seat across its Boeing 777 fleet, with the roll out expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

British Airways rolls out Club Suite to Boeing 777 fleet

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British Airways is continuing with the roll out of its newest business class seat, Club Suite, as it continues to retrofit the seat across its Boeing 777 fleet, with the roll out expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

British Airways is continuing with the roll out of its newest business class seat, Club Suite, as it retrofits the seat across its Boeing 777 fleet, with the project expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

The airline already has retrofitted a number of its Boeing 777 aircraft with the latest seat and will be working with Collins Aerospace to ensure the rest of the airline’s 777 aircraft are fitted with the new cabin. Collins will also perform full-cabin integration work – including engineering design, test and approval – along with program management and third-party supplier approvals.

The airline’s sophisticated Club Suite was first rolled out in July 2019 on the first A350 and since then has been installed on the Boeing 787-10 aircraft. The Club Suite is a customised version of Collins Aerospace’s Super Diamond business class seat and offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Boasting 40% more storage, including a vanity unit and mirror, Wi-Fi, 18.5-inch in-flight entertainment screens, high-definition gate-to-gate programming and PC/USB power, the Suite is similar to the upgraded cabin on British Airways’ new Airbus A350 fleet.

As part of its commitment to the North Atlantic, all British Airways flights to JFK from London Heathrow will be operated by an aircraft that has the airline’s Club Suite product.

Sajida Ismail, Head of Inflight Product at British Airways, said: “When we launched our Club Suite product, it was a huge hit with our customers who loved the privacy the new seat offers. We are focused on the roll out of this product and other cabin enhancements to ensure we deliver on our commitment to provide the very best British quality, style and comfort for our customers.”

Trevor Skelly, General Manager Integration Engineering for Collins Aerospace, commented: “The upgraded Club World cabin raises British Airways’ already high standards and provides commonality across their fleet of aircraft. Our Integration Engineering team has worked closely with British Airways designers for several years to bring the latest in business class comfort, style and privacy from concept to reality.”

As part of the upgrade, the airline’s Club Kitchen is also getting a makeover with new Club chillers and built-in storage for snacks, drinks and other refreshments, allowing customers in Club World to help themselves to refreshments at their leisure.

The latest generation of the First cabin including the introduction of the First suite door will also continue to be rolled out across the airline’s B777-300 aircraft. The First suites were meticulously designed based on our customers’ feedback, the cabin puts comfort at the heart of the experience and makes the very best use of the generous space designed for just a few customers at a time.  The suite includes a fixed 23-inch high-definition in-flight entertainment screen that can be controlled with an integrated handset.

Manufacturing of the new suite seat is being completed at the company’s facility in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland, while the new Club Kitchen was designed at the company’s facility in Everett, Washington.

Avianca has introduced three new seats as part of a cabin refiguration on its

Avianca begins A320 fleet reconfiguration process

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Avianca has introduced three new seats as part of a cabin refiguration on its

Avianca has unveiled its three new seats: Premium, Plus and Economy, all designed by Recaro Aircraft Seating and which will be installed on the airline’s reconfigured fleet in the coming days.

The seats will be available on Avianca’s short and medium-haul flights.

According to the airline, more than 100 Avianca experts have been working for over one year in the redesign project, with the participation of great strategic partners. Among these partners are Recaro, who is manufacturing all of the new seats, one of them exclusively for Avianca, and Airbus, with whom the airline is taking better advantage of the rear of the aircraft thanks to SpaceFlex and who have accompanied the reconfiguration process directly.

The seat design defined by Recaro reduces the weight per passenger by over 30% on each aircraft in addition to decreasing CO2 emissions per transported passenger by an average of 13%, becoming friendlier to the environment.

Premium has been developed exclusively by Recaro for Avianca and will be available on the first three rows of the aircraft. The reclining seat will be the widest available for passengers and will feature a central console with individual compartments, a power plug, USB port. It will be available from the first half of the next year.

Available between rows 4 and 14, the Plus seat’s design is light and comfortable, featuring an independent headrest with six positions, an independent stand for personal electronic devices, USB ports.

Economy is located between rows 15 and 32. This pre-reclined seat has a stand for personal electronic devices integrated into the table and USB ports.

The new interior design of the aircraft also includes Airbus’ SpaceFlex, a module that optimises the rear of the aircraft, combining the galleys and lavatories, allowing Avianca to increase its seat capacity.

“The installation of more than 14,000 seats and the new lavatory space in all of our A320 aircraft will be completed by the end of 2022. Until that date and pending the full transition of the fleet, our clients will find aircraft that will look different inside and will not have the final configuration; they will soon fly in aircraft with a renewed interior on which they will continue to travel comfortably, safely and pleasantly,” said Albert Perez, Vice President of Engineering and Maintenance for Avianca.

The airline estimates that the first fully redesigned aircraft will be ready by the second quarter of 2022 and the full and final configuration of the A320 fleet will be completed by the end of 2022. It also confirmed that the 787 Dreamliner aircraft, currently used for long-haul flights in America and Europe, will preserve the traditional business class cabin and the rest of the aircraft will be redesigned adding state-of-the-art seats and, considering this is a time of transition, clients will find aircraft with different-looking interiors.

A consortium comprising PriestmanGoode, Flying Disabled and SWS Certification have unveiled Air 4 All, a system that aims to revolutionise air travel for passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) by enabling powered wheelchair users to remain in their own wheelchair for the entire journey.

Air 4 All to bring transformative air travel experience for passengers with reduced mobility

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A consortium comprising PriestmanGoode, Flying Disabled and SWS Certification have unveiled Air 4 All, a system that aims to revolutionise air travel for passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) by enabling powered wheelchair users to remain in their own wheelchair for the entire journey.

A consortium comprising PriestmanGoode, Flying Disabled and SWS Certification have unveiled Air 4 All, a system that aims to revolutionise air travel for passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) by enabling powered wheelchair users to remain in their own wheelchair for the entire journey.

The patented design works in a similar way to ISOFIX /LATCH standards in passenger cars. Both the airline seats and wheelchairs facilitate an installation and attachment system, enabling them to be securely installed in the aircraft cabin. The system is designed so that different powered wheelchair types can be certified for flying and will be able to interface with a wide range of airline seats. If no wheelchairs require access, the seats function as regular airline seats.

Paul Priestman, designer and Chairman of PriestmanGoode said: “Air 4 All will usher in a step change in the industry and finally offer equal access to comfort, safety and dignity for all passengers. The biggest barrier in the past has been that giving greater space to passengers in wheelchairs would have reduced seat count and resulted in a loss of revenue for airlines. Air 4 All solves this problem and has the added benefit of enabling airlines to retain the design of their cabin on every seat, ensuring brand consistency and a cohesive brand experience for all passengers. Air 4 All will facilitate a smoother boarding and disembarking experience for PRMs and will also significantly reduce the number of wheelchairs that are damaged through poor handling.”

The objectives of the project are to:

  • Enable people in powered wheelchairs to have equal access to a safe, comfortable and dignified air travel experience as every other passenger;
  • Drive practical improvements to the aircraft cabin and overall aviation transport experience for severely disabled people, resulting in greater independence, dignity and freedom of travel;
  • To disrupt the air travel industry and create a new standard for the provision of accessible air travel.

Air 4 All has been initially designed for a narrowbody 2+2 configuration. The Air 4 All system is designed to convert front row seats and install a wheelchair guidance and locking system to the aircraft, allowing for up to two wheelchairs per row to travel on a single flight. The consortium will be working alongside Sunrise Medical to establish those powerchairs that would be fit to fly, as well as to retrofit and create new standards for powered wheelchairs, thus enabling passengers with the most challenging disabilities to travel.

Chris Wood MBE, Founder of Flying Disabled stated: “Air 4 All is the first system that has been developed jointly by a design agency, a certification body and with input from the disabled community. With a leading global wheelchair manufacturer as well as the subsidiary of a major airline on board to develop the product, it’s a truly collaborative project. We’re actively working with all the necessary parties, including initial discussions with some of the key National Aviation Authorities, to ensure our solution is harmonised and fit for purpose, thus significantly improving the travel experience for severely disabled passengers.”

A first prototype of the Air 4 All system is expected in December 2021.

The Air 4 All system is patented. The patent covers all types of wheelchairs across every mode of public transport. The consortium is looking for partners across the transport sector to develop the system for other modes of travel like rail and metro.

HondaJet 2600 Concept

Curtain lifts on HondaJet 2600 Concept

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HondaJet 2600 Concept

Honda Aircraft Company has unveiled the HondaJet 2600 Concept, with a mockup display to collect customer feedback and validate market demand.

The HondaJet 2600 Concept will be the world’s first light jet capable of nonstop transcontinental flight across the US. The aircraft has a quiet and spacious cabin suited for long range travel, can seat for up to 11 occupants, and aims to deliver unparalleled fuel efficiency.

Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino stated: “Over the past five years, we introduced the HondaJet Elite, then the Elite S, to further enhance the original HondaJet design. Now, we are validating market demand as we unveil a new aircraft concept in a different segment from the original HondaJet. With the HondaJet 2600 Concept, which enables efficient transcontinental flight, offers new level of cabin comfort and capacity, and dramatically reduces CO2 emissions, we are introducing a new generation of business jets.”

Internally, there is significantly more passenger space as well as a class-leading cabin tranquility with greatly reduced vibration compared to conventional light jets, due to the OTWEM configuration. The aircraft also has the tallest cabin height and offers class-leading pressurisation with a cabin altitude of 6,363 feet at its maximum operating altitude of 47,000 feet. The aircraft will also offer three types of modular and highly customisable cabin configurations.

Flying Colours Corp. showcases latest trends in Gulfstream G650 refurbishment with material covering divan.

Flying Colours Corp. completes refurbishment for Gulfstream G650

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Flying Colours Corp. showcases latest trends in Gulfstream G650 refurbishment with material covering divan.

Flying Colours Corp., has given a Gulfstream G650 interior a new contemporary make over that reflects trending cabin design concepts.

Six single seats, two double seats and a three-piece divan were stripped down to the frames, rebuilt with new foam cushions, then sanded and painted to complement the new trims. Individual seats were covered with a new customer-selected pearl-coloured leather, and the seat backs featured a contrasting textured material. Each seat incorporated a customised stitching pattern, while new seatbelt webbing completed the stylish seats.

Highlighting an increasing trend the divan was upgraded with a complementary pearl fabric, rather than leather. Also on trend was the recovering of the cabin’s lower sidewall panels and ledges in leather. The contemporary look was enriched with a new Ultraleather cabin curtain which was custom-manufactured and installed by Flying Colours Corp. The reupholstered front and aft lavatory seats enhanced the upgrade.

The existing flooring was removed and replaced with a smoked charcoal coloured carpet to contrast with the pearl leather seat tones. The increasingly popular tones of cream and grey deliver a modern, chic look, balanced by dark veneer finishes on the bulkheads, galleys and side ledges.

“This aircraft had previously been painted by the Flying Colours crew, and the customer was so delighted that they brought it back for the interior work. Repeat business is the highest accolade we can be paid, and the gorgeous new interior is as breathtaking as the exterior,” said Eric Gillespie, Executive VP, Flying Colours Corp.

A second G650 arrived at the Peterborough workshop in October to undergo refurbishment further highlighting the company’s growing work on the American OEM aircraft types. “We work on all types of airframes, and in the last year have worked on an increasing amount of Gulfstream models whose owners appreciate that we can offer interior, exterior, and maintenance work all at one location. This reduces downtime, and with the current business aviation landscape being so busy, this is an extremely important factor for owners and operators,” added Gillespie.

The Gulfstream G650 fuselage boasts a sparkling pearl/mica Diamond Mine basecoat surface combined with an intricate design incorporating curving stripes and complicated swirling patterns. To achieve the striking results a specialty basecoat-clearcoat polyurethane paint incorporating translucent pearl and mica granules that generate a crystal-sparkling effect was applied after the priming process. The multi-faceted process required technical expertise and intense attention to detail to achieve a fuselage that will be noticed on any ramp.