Aircraft Maintenance Technology

OCT 2018

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Page 32 of 63 33 and dishes, and they want it to be a focal point in the cabin.” Complete interiors are also popular with some owners opting to completely re-rag, reports Levangie. It takes approximately eight months to completely revamp an interior in this way. With upholstery, Welch reports they are seeing requests for ink- and stain-resistant ultra-leather on the window panels and headliner. Elliott Aviation even has a customer putting this material on their seats. “Typically, you put leather, not ultra-leather, on seats,” she says. “But this customer has ultra-leather on the seats of his Tesla and he wants the same in his airplane. Not only that, but they are white. This is going to be a really cool transformation because it’s an all-white and black interior and it came in all tan.” For cabinetry and upholstery, Welch states they gear their choices toward what their end missions are. Families will likely want durable materials that last and are stain resistant, while executives might need higher-end furnishings with cabinetry options that allow for drink and catering service. Put on the Paint “Paint is a good way to prevent corrosion, so it’s important to keep your paint fresh and well maintained,” says Weiss. But, paint, adds Welch, is also a path toward self-expression. “A lot of customers are really focused on cool and unique paint schemes,” states Welch. “We are seeing a lot of two-toned paint schemes and pearl paint. It’s not just your standard metallic and nonmetallic paint anymore. There’s also diamond coating finishes. We are seeing a lot of those.” She shares that one customer brought their King Air 90 to match its paint and interior to his favorite Aston Martin. Another had his Falcon 900 EX painted a very specific red color and automotive paint was used. Recently, a customer’s Lear 75 was painted bright silver pearl, and boat paint was used. While paint is evolving into some very cool design options, Welch offers a word of caution. “You have to be very careful what paints you use on the radome,” she says. “You have to make sure the paint shops you work with are very knowledgeable about paints, the applications, and what can be used where.” THIS CHALLENGER 300 features a custom paint design by Elliott Aviation. ELLIOTT AVIATION/FOSS IMAGERY RONNIE WENDT is a freelance writer based in Waukesha, WI. She has been writing about aviation-related topics for a decade. The Aircraft Fuel Leak Stops Here At Seal Aviation we repair fuel leaks the first time, every time! That's why we offer a 181 Day Warranty on all of our leak repair work. We also offer: Non-Destructive Testing and Structural Repair support 24/7 anywhere in the world A rapid response team ready to deploy to your location for your AOG maintenance and emergencies FAA and EASA Certified Repair Station 9JBR401B S.E.A.L. Aviation 1011 N.W. 51 St., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309 | 954-492-3522 |

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