Hydrographic cabinetry for Falcon 2000 refurbished at Duncan Aviation


During a recent 2C/4C inspection, Duncan Aviation delivered a fully refurbished Falcon 2000. As well as a newly painted exterior, the aircraft has a new interior including cabinets with hydrographic finishes.

In addition, the aircraft received a Collins Pro Line 21 avionics upgrade, Collins Venue CMS upgrade, Gogo Avance L5, HUD removal, GH-39000 Electronic Standby Instrument System, LASEREF IV Inertial Reference System, and Dual USB ports.

When the aircraft arrived at Duncan Aviation’s facility in Battle Creek, Michigan, the material colour palette featured a lot of deep browns with solid textures. The owner’s vision was to lighten up the interior and update it with a contemporary look highlighted with unique design elements.

“To achieve the owner’s vision of a modern interior, we gave the cabinets a new look that can only be achieved through hydrographics,” said Pridemore. “This process is becoming very desirable and was executed by the team at the Battle Creek facility with great detail and precision, creating a stunning natural wood look.”

Tiffany Buschini, completions and modifications sales rep at Duncan Aviation, provided the owner with a hands-on demonstration of the hydrographic application as part of the design specification process so he would fully appreciate the detail and quality of the finished product. “He became 100% on board,” said Buschini. “Battle Creek is using a mechanised arm that makes it possible to dip large monuments. The owner was ecstatic with the result.”

Other elements include a full-depth, hand-tipped leather on the lower sidewalls; and luxury vinyl flooring that was installed in the entry and lavatory to balance a high-end look with ease of maintenance.

During the facility tour, the owner was inspired by the capabilities of the new CNC stitching machine and the talents of upholstery master specialist Todd Bartholomew, and so gave the Duncan Aviation team the reins, resulting in a custom quilting design with contrasting piping accents.

The carpet adds the finishing touch, incorporating a mixture of greys in an organic pattern running the length of the cabin. This provided a light, flowing movement while adding visual length to the aircraft.

The exterior paint scheme applied by the Duncan Aviation paint team features wisps of blue and silver stripes accentuating the aircraft’s length.

Pridemore credits the results to talented and supportive teams: “Together, we create new and inspiring designs. This Falcon 2000 turned out beautifully, with so many subtle details, creating a unique masterpiece.”

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Izzy has been part of the Business Jet Interiors International team since its second issue, and the editor since 2011. She also edits Auditoria and Railway Interiors International. Outside of work, Izzy is rediscovering her love of art by learning how to paint with watercolors.

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