LINCOLN, NEB — A Gulfstream V received a fresh coat of paint today during the Open House ceremony for Duncan Aviation’s newest expansion, an $11.5 million, 45,000-square-foot paint shop at the Lincoln, Neb., facility.
The new facility allows input of some of the largest business aircraft in use today, including Gulfstream’s 650, Bombardier’s Global Express, Dassault’s Falcon 7X and Embraer’s Legacy.
“Our smaller paint hangar was 22 years old and just wasn’t big enough to accommodate the aircraft our customers now fly,” says Aaron Hilkemann, President of Duncan Aviation.
The GV was the first ultra long-range business jet painted in the facility and the timing just happened to work with the company’s planned customer and public open house event, which attracted roughly 100 attendees from several states.
“In addition to a larger footprint for larger aircraft,” Hilkemann continues, “the new facility has the latest in down-draft airflow technology, including automatic monitoring and alarms. Combined with the expertise of our paint specialists, we have created the best environment possible for clean and long-lasting paint protection on aircraft.
“The facility is also designed to increase efficiency. With multiple bays and curtains, we can accommodate multiple aircraft at once, utilizing a two-zone airflow system. With this design, Duncan Aviation paint teams can perform stripping, sanding, painting and detail work on multiple aircraft simultaneously.”
Hilkemann says the new facility follows on the heels of other innovative paint developments by Duncan Aviation.
Early last year, Duncan Aviation began using a chrome-free paint process. The process is safer and better for the environment, the painters and the aircraft. The company was one of the first independent facilities in the industry to make the switch to chrome-free products. (For more information about the chrome-free process, read Duncan Aviation’s field guide “Chrome-Free Paint Systems: Why & How Aircraft Paint Processes Are Changing” at http://www.duncanaviation.aero/fieldguides/chromefreepaint/index.php)
Late last year, Duncan Aviation began offering customers the option to work with three-dimensional renderings while collaborating with Duncan Design on their aircraft exterior paint schemes. This design tool helps clients better visualize how a design will wrap around an aircraft before a paint scheme is actually applied.
Duncan Aviation is an aircraft service provider supporting the aviation needs of government and business operators and other service providers. Services include major and minor airframe inspections, engine maintenance, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit systems, full paint, interior and modification services and pre-owned aircraft sales and acquisitions. Duncan Aviation also has aircraft components and parts solutions experts available 24/7/365 at 800.228.1836 or 402.475.4125 (international) who can handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory/propeller repairs and overhauls.
Complete service facilities are located in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Battle Creek, Michigan. Additional locations include a maintenance facility in Provo, Utah, more than 20 satellite avionics facilities and eight engine Rapid Response Team launch offices strategically located for worldwide support.
The expansion, set to begin this spring, will add a new aircraft paint facility with 45,000 square feet to the existing 440,000-square-foot facility located on the east side of the Lincoln Airport.
The $10 million facility has the latest in down-draft air flow technology, including automatic monitoring and alarms.
Duncan Aviation recently released a timelapse video showcasing the company's new paint facility in Lincoln, NE, as Duncan Aviation paint experts perform complete paint services on a Gulfstream GV.
Duncan Aviation will phase the chrome-free paint process into its current aircraft paint work and by 2011, all aircraft painted at Duncan Aviation will use the new process.