In response to increased demand for bespoke aircraft interior refurbishment projects, from private and commercial customers, Starling Aerospace has extended its design and manufacturing capability, with a six figure investment.
The aircraft interiors specialist, located between London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, now operates a three-in-one CNC machine for perforating, stitching and embroidery. Additionally, Starling has upgraded its sewing shop with the installation of six fully automated Juki sewing machines.
The recent commissioning of its first in-house autoclave also builds on Starling’s fully integrated expertise, by facilitating the fabrication of interior panels, fixtures and fittings from prepreg carbon fibre. The company said that using this reinforced material, which is pre-impregnated with a resin system and curing agent, results in the manufacture of superior strength and lighter weight products, to a consistently high finish.
“This major investment in machinery represents the biggest upgrade in Starling’s capability since the company was established more than two decades ago,” said Coralie Wigg, Starling’s co-founding director. “By combining different sewing tasks into a single CNC machine, we can create any design for leather and fabric, no matter how complex. Equally, our in-house autoclave provides an agile solution for customers needing a fast project turnaround. Starling is seeing a growing trend for completely bespoke interiors, so we are well positioned to deliver increasingly exotic designs that our clients are demanding.”
As well as design and fabrication, Starling manages aircraft interior modifications, re-certification and installation, as part of its end-to-end service to customers.