Based on three years of experience using FAA-approved, chrome-free paint processes at its Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich. facilities, Duncan Aviation has updated, and made available on its website, its “Chrome-Free Aircraft Paint Systems” field guide.
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Duncan Aviation’s latest expansion is a 45,000-sq-ft paint shop and it opened for business last month at the Lincoln, Neb. facility.
The $10 million shop has the latest in downdraft airflow technology, as well as automatic monitoring and alarms. It will accommodate aircraft as large as the Gulfstream G650.
Along with Duncan’s new chrome-free paint process and recently FAA-approved paint process, it “proves Duncan Aviation’s commitment to the environment,” says COO Jeff Lake.
Envision Aviation has a vision for paint schemes that it is translating to the exterior paint of business jets. “We’ve done two airplanes and are most definitely open for business,” said Envision president Heath Moore of his newly defined company.
There are those unsung workers whose skills are underrated and whose work may go unappreciated, or at best is taken for granted. So it is with those who paint business airplanes. It’s a sometimes nasty, often physically demanding, always labor-intensive job that requires a knowledge of chemistry and the soul of an artist.
Innotech Aviation of Montreal has begun construction of its new twin-bay aircraft paint facility at Pierre Trudeau International Airport in Dorval. The 41,000-sq-ft facility will accommodate aircraft as large as the Global Express XRS.
Sherwin-Williams’ aerospace division has announced development of new color tools created to provide paint scheme designers with a more convenient and accurate means of choosing and presenting paints. The complete kit includes color cards, fan decks and a binder filled with tear-off color swatches.
Exterior paint has always been a statement. In ancient times, sailors painted eyes on the bows of ships so they might find their way easily. Even today, it is a custom Chinese boat builders still follow. During World War II, “nose art” was common on military aircraft. Perhaps the best known was the Memphis Belle, a B-17 that bore the name and a scantily clad image of the belle herself.