Duncan Aviation delivers flashy Citation 525 makeover
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Duncan Aviation’s paint and interior crews in Lincoln, Nebraska took an outdated Citation 525 and gave it a flashy new paint scheme and interior makeover to match.
The project initially started with just a full paint job based on a schematic the owner saw on a Phenom that the Duncan Aviation Battle Creek, Michigan team had previously refurbished. He wanted the Duncan Aviation team to recreate the look of his Citation.
Duncan Aviation lead designer Carie Bruss said the bright red base and stunning black and silver stripes added a very “jazzy” look to the exterior paint.
The new painting did not come without its challenges.
“Knowing the customer wanted the red and black look on the exterior, we wanted to give them the scheme they wanted,” said Angie Coleman, senior sales representative for trims. “However, these aircraft models have solar reflectance values that must be met for exterior paint. This put our paint and design team to work finding a good paint match in solar reflective paint formulas.
The Duncan Aviation team was able to achieve the color and look the customer wanted while still being able to deliver a beautiful and safe aircraft that met all paint regulations.
The interior was very dated when the aircraft arrived at Duncan Aviation.
“The owner asked us to create an interior that would update the look and coincide with the existing materials being retained,” Bruss said. “He also wanted to tie the new exterior paint to the interior.”
The interior complements the dynamic exterior from top to bottom. The headliner and window panels are covered in a light, neutral tone. The main cabin veneer has a brown stain with a slight undertone of red in a beautiful matte finish. Cup holders and table inserts are covered in warm red leather. Stepping down from the beverage rails, the lower sidewalls are draped in a contemporary diamond-patterned chenille fabric in Charcoal Gray. The main cabin seats are distinguished by their fitted smooth black leather highlighted with bright red stitching that highlights the simple yet elegant design of the seats. Seat belts are woven in a matching red to tie it all together. The floor of the plane is covered with a charcoal gray carpet with simple patterns. Last but not least, the rear toilet which stands out on its own. The back divider of this airplane lavatory is covered in a beautiful classic two-tone red striped fabric that ties it all together.
“It was beautiful,” Bruss said. “Everything went well, and the exterior tied in beautifully with the interior.”
Kjell Lindberg, Vice President of The Toll Group NW, said the aircraft is absolutely stunning and the interior and exterior exceeded their expectations.
“The first time I saw the plane was definitely a ‘wow’ moment,” Lindberg said. “It’s always a little nerve-wracking choosing finishes because you don’t know what they will look like together, but the Duncan Aviation team walked me through the process and made sure the final product would be excellent. It certainly is.
Lindberg also said the Duncan Aviation team’s start to finish was a “class act” and the process was easy and fun.
“Duncan Aviation came highly recommended by our management team,” Lindberg said. “We will definitely be back with future aircraft.”
This press release was prepared and distributed by Duncan Aviation