Duncan Aviation has renovated a former aircraft stripping hanger and transformed it into a new, 12,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art paint hangar that will accommodate aircraft sized up to a Bombardier Global Express.
The hangar features a computer-driven sidedraft airflow system that triple-filters the air and will allow aircraft to be stripped, painted, primed and striped in the same hangar. It also has new, adjustable and energy-efficient LED lighting. “The new hangar is a great addition to our paint services in Battle Creek,” stated Doug Bohac, Duncan Aviation paint manager.
Duncan Aviation has the facilities to paint up to 100 aircraft per year at each of its Battle Creek and Lincoln, Nebraska, facilities.
Advanced Booking for ADS-B Slots
Duncan Aviation has also allocated two slots per each of its network of avionics satellite shops satellite per month for customer Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). This work has been mandated to be completed by January 1, 2020.
Operators can buy scheduled slots to reserve a confirmed date and hangar space for their aircraft at one of the Duncan Aviation’s satellite shops. The slot deposit will not only reserve schedule and space for one aircraft, but also the cost will apply to the ADS-B installation when that aircraft inputs.
“As a leader in the business aviation community, we must take that role seriously and convince our customers that the domestic ADS-B mandate deadline is real, and capacity for the modification is severely limited,” said satellite operations manager Matt Nelson. “We’d be remiss if we didn’t advise our customers to comply with the ADS-B mandate sooner rather than later.”
According to Duncan Aviation, some of its customers have indicated that they are planning to perform the necessary upgrades, but are not yet ready to do so, and are concerned about the anticipated lack of available capacity at certified service centers as the deadline draws nearer.