After being used in the structure of aircraft for long, carbon fibre is now increasingly being preferred in their exterior and interior. The use of carbon fibre gives a modern glossy look.
While carbon fibre has been in use in the structure of aircraft for some time, its use in designing the interior and exterior of an aircraft is comparatively new. When integrated into the cabin, carbon fibre covers surfaces where wood veneer is traditionally used, such as countertops, side ledges, tables or bulkheads.
West Star Aviation, a company which specialises in repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts, has successfully integrated carbon fibre in exterior and interior of aircraft and continues to increase its expertise in the area.
It has completed five custom refurbishment and exterior paint projects since 2014. The exterior paint project has been carried out using carbon fibre aircraft paint. The company has already delivered carbon fibre projects on Gulfstream 200, Challenger 604, and Falcon 900 aircraft, according to a company release.
“The use of carbon fibre in cabin design has continued to grow in popularity as it gives a unique, hi-tech, and more modern look than the traditional veneer options,” said Debi Cunningham, vice president marketing and interior design, West Star Aviation.
“Carbon fibre can be finished in high gloss the same as a veneer. This gives the cabin a more modern look but retains the high-gloss, high-quality look that customers prefer,” continued Cunningham.
Carbon fibre is a super strong extremely lightweight material. It is almost five times as strong as steel, two times as stiff, and weighs about two-thirds less. Carbon fibre is basically very thin strands of carbon – even thinner than human hair. The strands can be twisted together, like yarn. (SV)
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