Global deliveries of turbine business airplanes increased 7.2 percent in this year’s first quarter over the first quarter of 2013, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. The jump in deliveries will most likely mean a boost to business at centers that perform aircraft completions and refurbishments and companies that provide interior components.
Jet Aviation Moscow has signed an agreement with Kazan-based Tulpar Interior Group to offer scheduled full interior refurbishment capabilities out of Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility at Moscow Vnukovo Airport. New services include: carpet replacement; minor repair or replacement of interior components; rejuvenation and protective coating of leather surfaces; fabrication of new seat upholstery; repair or replacement of coating or headlining on windows and other panels; and rectification of any decorative varnish defects on veneer and hardwood surfaces.
NBAA 2013 visitors can choose among plenty of leather types and colors, with each supplier offering its own unique features, depending on what the customer can afford. Leather for an entire business jet cabin the size of a Falcon 2000 typically falls into the $40,000 to $60,000 range. Passionate experts in leather crafting at Edelman Leather (Booth No. N5711), Garrett Leather (N213), Green Hides Leather Studio (C10135) and Townsend Leather (N5124) also gave AIN some tricks for proper leather care.
If romance is high on the list of interior design, Townsend Leather has a perfect idea: a new lace weave pattern. “In fashion, lace gives a romantic feel to any outfit, so why not do the same for your [aircraft] interior?” asks the company.
It’s not a true weave, but an embossing pattern that allows availability of full hides. For most part the tones are dark neutrals; new patterns use some different colors.
New Zealand-based Altitude Completion Centre has taken delivery of 16 executive seats from Italian interior components supplier Iacobucci for installation in a new Boeing Business Jet.
The kit includes seats for crew rest, guest lounge, a VIP lounge and a VIP stateroom. Dimensions between armrests range from 21 inches to 23 inches, depending on the location aboard the aircraft.
High-end cabinetry and upholstery specialist Custom Aircraft Cabinets (CAC) recently doubled the fabrication capacity with the addition of a second multipurpose Thermwood, three-axis CNC router for more precise, ready-to-assemble cabinetry components.
West Star Aviation has begun offering interior services at its Columbia, S.C.(CAE) location. The new interior shop offers a variety of partial interior work, including upholstery, panel recovery and carpet.
“We continue to build on an initial $15,000 investment to start improvements that support the interior business,” Scott Mullen, director of maintenance, told AIN. “It didn’t require any additional square footage to be added at this time as we were able to redirect existing floor space.”
Sabena Technics (Booth 1015) announced it is creating a new cabinetry shop at its Bordeaux, France VIP completion and maintenance site. This is reinforcing the company’s activities in furniture, which already includes tables, side ledges, credenzas, closets and other interior components. In the future, Sabena Technics intends to increase the shop’s size and develop new expertise in upholstery.
Oregon Aero (Booth No. A40-42), makers of comfort seat augmentation and custom upholstery for dozens of aircraft, is introducing its SoftSeat Posture cushions cut specifically for the Daher-Socata TBM 700 and 850 turboprop singles this week at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla. The cushions, custom fit for pilot-right, pilot-left, forward- and rear-facing passenger positions, are available in every upholstery style and color that Daher-Socata offers for its aircraft interiors.
SureFlight, a Coatesville, Pa.-based aircraft services center, has expanded its interiors capabilities with the opening of a new refurbishment facility in February, followed by the opening of a new upholstery shop.
“Our interior completion shop is outfitted with the finest equipment available, from German-made Duerkopp-Adler sewing machines to digital skiving machines for leather goods,” said Andy Waynick, the company’s new manager of interior completions.
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