Duncan Aviation has unveiled a Falcon 900EX that was transformed and reconfigured at its full-service MRO facility in Battle Creek, Michigan.
The modern design features a new credenza, eye-catching centre dividers, and unifying details. To create the interior desired by the owner, absolutely everything in the interior was touched or replaced as part of the refurbishment.
“It had a very traditional corporate jet interior,” said Heather Pridemore, lead designer, Duncan Aviation. “The cabin finishes were dated and consisted of dark red wood, beige tones, and a world map on the conference table.”
The customer wanted a stately black-and-white aesthetic. He also wanted to add more seating, along with an area to lie down and relax in. To accommodate the owner’s requests, the Duncan Aviation team removed the single seat in the aft cabin, replacing it with a three-place divan. A new credenza was designed, fabricated and installed with a contemporary seating surface.
To create privacy while keeping the cabin ‘open’, they created unique partitions with transparent acrylic panels accented by veneer. “The customer wanted privacy while lounging in the aft cabin, without feeling cut-off from the rest of the aircraft,” said Pridemore. “This creative divider design was the perfect solution!”
The team incorporated subtle design cues to streamline the interior, such as running the veneer grain forward to aft; updating the lav vanity to a modern, straight look; and installing new light lenses.
With all of the changes taking place in the interior, the exterior required the same amount of attention. A new paint design was created to meet the owner’s expectations of an equally modern design on the exterior.
The exterior layout includes a black-and-white, two-tone design with metallic silver accents to give a bold presence on the ramp. The sleek lines and flowing curves are designed to evoke a sense of speed and motion.
As the lead designer on the project, Pridemore is thrilled to see the final project and how the team was able to check off every box on the owner’s list of upgrades.
“There were a lot of new ideas put into the interior,” said Pridemore. “We all worked together and explored new designs to realise the customer’s vision. I am so proud of all of our team members in helping create such a unique and beautiful aircraft!”
Suzanne Hawes, Duncan Aviation completions sales representative, said she enjoyed seeing the detailed work and pride all the shops put into the aircraft. “It’s a beautiful showpiece,” said Hawes.
The aircraft also received a 3C inspection, API winglets, LED lighting and display upgrades.