S: Survey aircraft interiors
W: Write prompt quotes
A: Artistically clean, touch-up, dye & correct
T: Transform appearance & functionality
Every Duncan Aviation MRO has a SWAT team whose goal is to go through the aircraft and take care of the small interior items not part of the scheduled service. They aim to have every aircraft leave looking better than when it arrived. The reason is aesthetics; small things like touching up paint or finish, spot dying leather seats, and resewing curtain glides quickly give the interior a facelift.
Jamey Polivka, Duncan Aviation SWAT Team Leader in Lincoln, NE, says there are several things an operator can do between scheduled services to keep the aircraft’s interior looking nice.
Properly storing window shades
If the shades are always stored closed, time & heat will weaken the pleats of the shade and can cause the folds to malfunction. Replacing and repairing window shades can be expensive. When possible, store window shades in an open/stowed position.
Routine carpet cleaning
Routine carpet cleaning will lengthen the life of the carpet, but here is a word of caution! Only use a professional carpet cleaner who understands how to clean the specific materials in the carpet. Cleaning wool or silk carpets in an aircraft requires extra care and attention to avoid damage.
Consistent leather cleaning & conditioning
Do not use silicone-based cleaners & conditioners to clean leather seats. With overuse, silicone cleaners can damage the leather’s top layer, which can lead to discoloration and shininess. In the photo above, the seat on the right is an example of overusing the wrong cleaners/conditioners. Cleaners and conditioners should be PH-balanced and made from naturally derived materials
Cabinet finish touch-ups
Stay on top of cabinet repairs & touch-ups when they are small. This consistent care will keep the interior looking nice. Again, ALWAYS use a professional service that is knowledgeable about aircraft finishes. Excess sanding or polishing can cause damage to the top coat.
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