A Falcon 2000 was recently refurbished at Duncan Aviation’s site in Battle Creek, Michigan. The work included a pre-purchase evaluation, avionics upgrades, full paint work, partial interior, and the addition of winglets.
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 colours 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 colour without being overwhelming.”
Soft goods refurbishment
The interior team completed a full soft goods refurbishment, highlighted by brand-new, custom seats with red piping, and new carpet with red accents.
Pridemore worked with the customer to develop a unique 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 that overall, this was a challenging yet rewarding project: “We worked hard to find the precise balance of neutrals and colour, to create a personal look that is unique to the client.”
Winglets and avionics
To maximise 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 Adrian Chene, avionics sales representative. “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. Duncan Aviation installed a Digital Flight Data Recorder system to meet those requirements.
A Synthetic Vision System was also installed. This provides a real-time, first-person view of terrain on the pilot’s flight display, regardless of the weather.
The ability to stay connected was also important. Towards that end, the owner selected the Airtext+ system. This will allow passengers to send and receive text messages over the global Iridium satellite network.