Port Columbus International Airport (CMH), Columbus, Ohio
Spirit Avionics Ltd. has successfully completed the prototype aircraft’s upgrades for the Federal Aviation Administration. Program Management, Engineering and Certification services were provided by Spirit Avionics Ltd. The technical services for this program were performed in unison by Spirit Avionics, Lane Aviation and Tritex Air. Now that the prototype’s design has been approved by the FAA program team, Spirit Avionics and their subcontracting team will begin the process of upgrading the remaining 17 King Air B300 aircraft over the next 4 years.
The program work scope included:
- Installed new Heads Up Technology’s cabin LED downwash, reading and entrance lights to increase cabin visibility, decrease energy consumption and increase reliability.
- Designed, fabricated and installed a new 4 piece main cabin headliner that can be detached without removing other interior pieces. This modification will dramatically improve ease of removal and reinstallation during maintenance events.
- Entire aircraft interior was refurbished with new leather and sheepskin seating surfaces, sidewall coverings, carpet and cabinetry.
- Designed, fabricated and installed a new Skandia aircraft interior insulation/acoustical kit. This new insulation kit reduced cabin noise by 60%.
- Designed, fabricated and installed a cockpit cooling fan solution.
Some of the unique challenges that were encountered and overcome over the course of the upgrade were:
- Incomplete existing aircraft interior made fit and finish of new interior pieces difficult. Due to obsolescence of those parts from the aircraft manufacturer, many interior pieces had to be redesigned and manufactured.
- All modifications and upgrades performed were required to have a positive effect on maintenance efficiency and yet retain the feel of a business aircraft interior. These requirements were successfully achieved.