Duncan Aviation showcased a Falcon 2000 the company’s experts in Battle Creek, Michigan, recently refurbished. The aircraft arrived at the BTL facility for a prepurchase evaluation, winglets, avionics upgrades, full paint, and partial interior.
The new owner of this Falcon was looking to upgrade the current interior and add his personal touch by incorporating the red from his company logo. Duncan Aviation lead designer Heather Pridemore worked closely with the customer to create a classic and clean interior with unique elements.
“The owner of the aircraft was all about using his company’s logo and colors to inspire a new look” said Pridemore. “We worked closely with him to find the perfect visual balance, exploring creative ways to add pops of color without being overwhelming.”
The Duncan Aviation Interior team completed a full softgoods refurbishment, highlighted by brand new, custom seats with red piping, and new carpet with red accents.
Pridemore worked with the customer to develop a one-of-a-kind seat design that matched his vision.
“We used past seat designs as our starting point, tweaking and revising different elements to create a completely custom design,” said Pridemore. “He wanted something that was sleek and modern, but still maintained a classic, timeless look. The new seats and carpet complement the existing creams and beiges, adding a subtle flair to the bright, clean cabin.”
The owner also wanted something more than the classic Matterhorn white paint, so Pridemore worked with him to add a little more pizzazz.
“We painted the aircraft with a silver top and a dark-blue base, giving it a streamlined and classic look,” said Pridemore. “We added red stripes to coordinate with the new interior.”
Pridemore said overall, this was a challenging, yet rewarding project.
“We worked hard to find the precise balance of neutrals and color, to create a personal look that is unique to the client” said Pridemore.
In order to maximize the aircraft performance, the owner also asked for the installation of API winglets.
“Duncan Aviation has installed more than 100 pairs of API winglets on Dassault Falcon aircraft,” said avionics sales representative Adrian Chene. “Winglets reduce time to climb, and are a very stylish addition.”
It was important that the owner have the option to operate the aircraft as a charter under EASA Rules. To assist with this, Duncan Aviation installed a Digital Flight Data Recorder system to meet those requirements.
Safety of the aircraft was also maximized by installing a Synthetic Vision System (SVS) that provides a real-time, first-person view of terrain on the pilot’s flight display regardless of the weather.
For international aircraft, the ability to stay connected was also important. Towards that end, the owner selected the economical Airtext+ system. This system will allow passengers to send and receive text messages over the global Iridium Satellite Network.