LINCOLN, NEB. — In an effort to collectively raise the industry benchmark, protect against corrosion and improve painter safety, a group of industry-leading companies who paint business aircraft gather periodically to share tips and best practices. Their combined expertise is now available in an overview document. You can read it here: www.DuncanAviation.aero/resources/field-guides/industry-benchmark-forum-aircraft-paint-expectations.
The Industry Benchmark Forum: Aircraft Paint team gathered at Jet Aviation in St. Louis in the fall of 2016 to discuss processes, products and how to produce the best product for the customer. Paint industry representatives from Jet Aviation, Dassault Falcon Jet (Little Rock, Arkansas, and Wilmington, Delaware), Duncan Aviation (Lincoln, Nebraska, and Battle Creek, Michigan), and Gulfstream (Savannah, Georgia) were present. The team has met three times and was initially formed in 2014 through the efforts of Doug Bohac, Duncan Aviation Paint Manager.
Paint serves a purpose that goes far deeper than a glossy exterior, Bohac explains. It’s also a thin protective shell that serves as an aircraft’s only line of defense against the elements. Forum members are battling misperceptions about the way aircraft surfaces are protected. Many owner/operators view the paint on their aircraft the same way they view the paint on their cars. “Unlike a car, airplanes expand and contract as they ascend and descend because of the varying air pressure, not to mention the extreme temperatures they operate in,” Bohac says.
Attendees agree the forum is mutually beneficial for the paint managers, shops and, ultimately, paint customers. The group will meet again in 2017 at another paint facility location to continue to build on collective knowledge.
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 and interior services and preowned aircraft sales and acquisitions. Duncan Aviation also has international aircraft components solutions experts available 24/7/365 at +1 402.475.4125 who can handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory repairs and overhauls. Complete service facilities are located in Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich. Additional locations include Provo, Utah, and more than 20 other facilities strategically located throughout the United States to provide customers with local support and the quickest response to avionics, engine and airframe Aircraft On Ground (AOG) situations.
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