GM Nameplate of Seattle is offering a new “ElectraGraphics Business Jet Art” line that employs 14-karat gold or chrome on a stainless-steel background to recreate virtually any image or existing picture in raised graphic form. The process begins with the application of a film layer with the image desired. A subsequent chemical process creates a graphic replica of that image in gold or chrome on the steel surface.
Aviation International News » July 2003
Earlier this year Bombardier introduced an Indy 500 interior package for its new Learjet 40, at a cost of about $150,000. The package includes a rather dramatic red-and-black color scheme and extensive use of embossed leather, graphite surfaces and metallic accents.
Cessna’s workhorse turboprop single Caravan has appeared in just about as many guises as the X-Men, and with some of the same versatility. It hauls cargo, performs as an emergency medical vehicle, transports up to 13 passengers in a scheduled carrier role, takes fishermen into the Alaskan wilderness on floats and “dresses up” to carry nine company executives nearly 1,000 miles.
During the current economic climate, when many completion and refurbishment centers are struggling–some merely to survive–Savannah Air Center appears to be doing quite well. In fact, the Savannah, Ga. center is doing well enough to embark on construction of a new 12,500-sq-ft cabinetry shop and begin planning for an additional 70,000-sq-ft hangar.
AKKO has been in business more than a decade and is based at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. The company has performed interior work on more than 150 passenger and business jets, including Aeroflot and the airline’s VIP charter division, Aeroflot-Plus.
A little more than a decade after perestroika, interior completion and refurbishment companies in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are flexing some muscle and looking to the West for partners and clients as demand levels off in their home markets.Business aviation in the CIS is a relatively young phenomenon, with a history going back barely seven years.
Completion and refurbishment centers are in a constant search for more efficient ways to work. And now growing in favor, despite mixed reviews in the past, is the idea of a modular cabin in kit form, ready for installation.
“I want what I want, when I want it.” It sounds like the petulant voice of a pampered diva, or a corporate executive with delusions of grandeur. Actually, it’s pretty much any of us. Perhaps not in such a demanding fashion, but we’d all like to have what we want when we want it. And that is pretty much the driving force behind business aircraft cabin furnishings and equipment.
Last year, things were bad for the completion and refurbishment industry as companies were feeling the effects of the economic recession. Even so, there was an attempt by many to put a positive face on the future. With the perspective now of 20/20 hindsight, a more accurate forecast would have been, “things are never so bad that they can’t get worse.”
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) said its efforts to reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to on-demand air charter flights are beginning to show signs of success.