Duncan Aviation’s team in Lincoln, Nebraska, has redelivered a Citation 525 following a full paint and interior makeover.
The project started with a complete makeover of the paint, based off a scheme the owner saw on a Phenom previously refurbished by Duncan Aviation’s team in Battle Creek, Michigan. He wanted to recreate the look on his Citation.
Duncan Aviation lead designer Carie Bruss said the red base and black and silver accent stripes added a very “jazzy” look to the exterior paint.
The new paint didn’t come without its challenges. “Knowing that the customer wanted the red and black look on the exterior, we wanted to give him the scheme he desired,” said Angie Coleman, senior completions sales representative. “However, these models of aircraft have solar reflective values that have to be met for the exterior paint. This put our paint and design team to work to find a good match of paint in the solar reflective paint formulas.”
Duncan Aviation noted its team was able to achieve the colour and look the customer wanted while still delivering a beautiful and safe aircraft that met all the paint regulations.
The interior was very dated when the aircraft arrived at Duncan Aviation. “The owner asked us to create an interior that would update the look and coincide with the existing materials being retained,” said Bruss. “He wanted to tie the new exterior paint in with the interior as well.”
The interior complements the vibrant exterior. The headliner and window panels are covered in a light, neutral tone. The main cabin veneer has a brown-toned stain with a slight red undertone in a matte finish. The drink rails and table inserts are covered in a warm red leather. Moving down from the drink rails are the lower sidewalls, which are draped in a diamond-patterned chenille fabric in a charcoal grey colour.
The main cabin seats feature fitted and smooth black leather with red accent stitching. The seatbelts are webbed in a matching red. The floor is covered in a warm charcoal grey carpet with a simple pattern. Finally, the lavatory’s aft divider is covered with a classic two-tone red strie fabric to tie everything together.
“It was stunning,” said Bruss. “Everything just flowed so nicely together, and the exterior tied into the interior beautifully.”
Kjell Lindberg, vice president of The Toll Group NW, said that the aircraft is absolutely stunning and both the interior and exterior exceeded their expectations.
“The first time seeing the aircraft was definitely a ‘wow’ moment,” said Lindberg. “It’s always a little nerve-racking picking finishes because you don’t know how they will look together, but the Duncan Aviation team guided me through the process and ensured the final product would turn out great. It certainly did.”
Lindberg also said that from start to finish the Duncan Aviation team was a “class act” and the process was made simple and fun. “Duncan Aviation came highly recommended by our management team,” said Lindberg. “We’ll definitely be back with future aircraft.”