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Duncan Aviation Revamps Citation 750

Used Jet Converted Into Affordable Alternative to Modern Aircraft

Duncan Aviation took a moment to show off their work in revamping an aged Citation 750, showing off an attractive, modern cabin that can run with nearly any modern OEM interior.

The aircraft was redone by a combined, multi-department effort of Duncan Aviation specialists, bringing together each team to provide a like-new jet that's one-of-a-kind. The end result is tailored to customer preference, with every decision derived exactly from their needs and wants. The styling was just the most eye-catching change, with the flight deck seeing a host of improvements thanks to a new Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite and Venue cabin management system. Passengers now see small, non-obtrusive control panels at each seat, providing a bubble of comfort throughout their journey.

Duncan lead designer Heather Pridemore published a brief detailing her office's plan for the interior. The owner of the bird wanted a "classic updated scheme that included subtle patterns in a cool grey, almost navy cover scheme," giving passengers a modern, but welcoming vibe. The seating was a particular point of focus, according to Pridemore.

"He wanted the seats to be the stars," she said. "The contouring shape of the seats, accentuated with blue accent stitch lines, make the seats feel taller and definitely help them stand out.” The quilted, double-stitched diamond pattern inserts are an eye-catching way to break up each seat while adding durability. The stitching comes from Duncan's newest addition to the shop floor, a CNC machine that allows them to create custom stitching, multi-color sewing, and embroidery on seats and panels.

“This machine allows us to control the quality and turntimes, and lets our imaginations run wild with possible designs,” says Duncan Aviation’s Upholstery Team Leader Travis Smith. “The designs are pretty close to endless with what we can do on quilted panels.”

The seating is set off by the carpeting, which could be a bit polarizing for those who prefer lighter, less complex patterns. Pridemore said the decision to go with the black/grey, fishscale pattern was a deliberate one, following the customer's preference for darker flooring with a pop of lighter accents.

“Everything tied in so well together,” said Pridemore. “Being a small aircraft, it was a priority to make everything look and feel cohesive and flow seamlessly.”

“The long, lean lines running aft to forward made the Citation look bigger than it actually is,” explained Pridemore. “The lines pull the aircraft, making it feel longer and more spacious.”

FMI: www.duncanaviation.aero


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