Spirit Aeronautics has refurbished a Cessna Citation 650 aircraft using carbon fiber accents and design elements.

The design and details include elements found on much larger aircraft such as deep black wood laminates accented with carbon fiber inlays on the solid surfaces.

‘From the beginning of this project the client was attracted to clean European styling combined with western comfort which is very challenging in an aircraft of this size,’ stated Tony Bailey, president & COO of Spirit Aeronautics.

’Some of the obstacles we faced with this project were not typical with a traditional interior,’ he added. ‘For example, the wood and carbon fiber surfaces required additional layers during the high gloss finish process which induced trim and fit problems that had to be meticulously resolved. Compounding the problem was the black color which highlighted every imperfection and blemish requiring extra care and constant touch-up.’

This story is reprinted from material from Spirit Aeronautics, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.