Sometimes there are convergences in the world. Kismet some call it. For first-time Heli-Expo exhibitor Scheme Designers (Booth No. 3608) Harrison Ford’s decision to fly his own Bell 407 into the Anaheim Convention Center as one of the first helicopters to arrive for Heli-Expo 2014 was in fact a stroke of luck for Scheme Designers, the company that created the paint scheme for the actor.
It turns out there is more to creating an aircraft paint scheme, and especially a helicopter paint scheme, than just tracing a few pencil strokes on a line drawing of the aircraft. Scheme Designers combines the skills of artists and engineers to create each customized paint scheme for a range of fixed-wing and vertical-lift aircraft and provides paint mask templates or decal designs to the owner’s paint shop or applicator. The company serves OEMs and individuals on a global scale.
According to Craig Barnett, CEO and founder of the company, the Bell 407 was one of several paint schemes the company worked on with Ford. “It was a pleasure to work with such a detail-oriented client,” said Barnett, referring to Ford. “That attention to detail makes our artist’s ability to render his vision that much simpler,” he said.