Wichita’s Air Capital Interiors (ACI), celebrating its fifth anniversary this month, is showcasing at NBAA 2018 its enhanced upholstery, cabinetry, and sheet metal capabilities, and expansion of production capacity for its interiors refurbishment, repair, and modification work.
The in-progress 10,000-sq-ft facility expansion will double ACI’s production footprint to support growing demand for the upholstery, cabinetry, and sheet metal work, providing “more space for more folks to put more hands on things,” said ACI president Rod Wilson. These are craft specialties the company “didn’t offer much of several years ago, [but] customers kept asking for more and more,” said Wilson. Operations in the new space are expected to commence in the fourth quarter.
Over its five years—the company launched at NBAA 2013—ACI has “worked on more than 60 model types, everything from small [Cessna] 172/182-size airplanes all the way up to GIVs, Challenger 650s, and Global Expresses,” said Wilson.
In addition to refurbishment, repair, and modification work, ACI'smore than 30 full-time technicians, also fabricate new cabinetry, either to company-developed or customer-supplied engineering, and can also support interior reconfigurations in either manner.
At the company’s display (Booth 2842) ACI is exhibiting examples of its work, including cabinetry, upholstery, sheet metal, and stainless steel items. But don’t expect to find a fifth anniversary celebration underway. “We are so focused on existing projects and customers that we just don’t have a lot of time” for party planning, Wilson said.
ACI is eager to meet with “anybody with an in-service aircraft or a special-mission conversion need,” said Wilson. “We do everything interior-related, so it can be somebody who’s got a broken door or drawer, to someone with a fleet they want to completely refurbish.”
Though ACI can work directly with owners and operators, core customers are “maintenance facilities that don’t have the capabilities or don’t have enough capacity” to offer interiors services, Wilson said. Partnering with ACI enables them to offer their customers a turnkey service. Wilson invites “MROs that don’t have refurbishment availability and maintenance shops that don’t do refurbishment” to come to the booth to discuss working together.
ACI is sharing the display with sister company the Appearance Group, an aircraft interior and exterior detailing specialist operating from more than two dozen locations across the country. Along with Wilson, Matthew Henry, president and CEO of ACI and the Appearance Group, and top management from both companies are on hand.