If there is any field in today's world which demands an uncompromised level of quality, it is aircraft renovation. A quality job is the result of time, effort, technical knowledge, competence and a strict adherence to the highest standards.

At AIR MOD, we take this work seriously. Following is a summary of the steps involved in our doing a typical interior.

1. Remove and secure all documents and personal items.
2. Using temporary foam pieces, locate the lumbar, thorax and thigh support with     customer sitting in existing seating.

3. Cincinnati Avionics will test radios, intercom, autopilot, electrical components and     lights for function. Findings and recommendations will be communicated to the     customer.
4. Remove and evaluate existing side panels, seats, headliner, carpet, insulation, floor     inspection panels and window trim.
5. Inspect all structures and skins for corrosion. Remove corrosion and glue from     inner cabin skins, spar carry-through and related components. Chromate all inner     surfaces and appropriate components with self-etching chromate (see note at at     end regarding removal of corrosion)
6. Clean all exposed antenna connections; inspect all systems and controls. Notify     customer of any problems, and correct per customer's request.
7. Strip seats to bare frames, perform a complete mechanical and structural     inspection, and repair as required.
8. Install heavy sling reinforcement straps on seat frames and reinstall the original seat     sling. This keeps the sling from stretching or coming loose from the frame, and     eliminates future sagging.
9. Build the height of the seat back structure to accommodate the stature of the     customer (many of our customers choose this as an alternative to headrests).
10. Build new seat foam, shaping with several densities of flame retardent urethane       foam. The new foam is contoured to fit the customer as determined by       measurements taken earlier.
11. Clean, mask, prime, and paint all seat frames to match the new interior color       scheme.
12. Sew and fit the new seat upholstery. Tufting is done with hidden sewn-in rods       and pulls to insure long-term structural integrity, eliminating sagging and shifting.       All seams are double lock stitched to prevent splitting. All seat panels have       backing foam and backing fabric to insure proper fill.
13. Strip side panels to bare metal. Factory cardboard panels are replaced with new       .020" aluminum panels; metal panels are repaired to be like-new condition, or       made new.
14. Temporarily install the non-upholstered panels. Check for fit and lay out the new       design; modify if necessary to insure ease of installation and removal when       upholstered. Fill in ashtray holes if requested.
15. Sew and mount side panels using new high-density, flame retardent backing       foam.
16. Repair, prep, paint and placard all interior plastic trim (please see note at       bottom).
17. Clean, mask, sand, fill and paint all door frames and related interior airframe trim       with custom  matched interior paint.
18. Install new multi-density insulation behind side panels, in doors and behind       headliner.
19. Clean below floors and behind rudder panels as required.
20. Clean all seat tracks. Buff or paint heater outlets and similar components.
21. Install new windlace cord on doors. Install reupholstered side panels using new       chrome or painted hardware.
22. Strip headliner panels, and repair or replace as required. Plastic headliners are       re-formed and reinforced to prevent future sagging or warping.
23. Fit, sew and install new headliner and sunvisors.
24. Cut and fit new carpets for cabin floor, baggage compartment and related       surfaces. Special attention is given to allow for easy removal and reinstallation       without removal of seats.
25. Serge all carpet edges; sew on velcro and heel pads. Insulate the underside of       the floor carpets with heavy density, flame-retardent foam.
26. Bond velcro to floors, install new carpet.
27. Install new re-webbed seatbelts and shoulder harnesses.
28. Install all cabin seats; lubricate all door latches and seat latches.
29. Pre-delivery safety and function check: 25 items covering the com
plete interior,       radios, flight controls and electrical components, including a final check by       Cincinnati Avionics.
30. An A & P mechanic will make necessary logbook entries and weight & balance       changes, and check that all placards are in place.
31. Ground run aircraft to prepare for customer delivery

The following items are not included in the quoted price of a standard interior, but are available on a time & materials basis:

    repair or replacement of plastic trim
    painting and placarding of instrument panel, pedestal & circuit breaker panels
    glareshield modification, repair and upholstery
    repair or replacement of damaged floor boards
    extra map cases, storage boxes, cup holders, gooseneck maplights
    re-webbing of existing shoulder harnesses and lap belts
    installation of new harnesses and lap belts
    window installations

REGARDING CORROSION: Due to the wide range of conditions hidden by the interior and insulation, the necessary removal of glue and corrosion prior to the application of zinc chromate is done on a time & materials basis and billed at half shop rate.


Custom fitting the seat to the customer.
No mail order guesswork here.

Inner cabin skins are antiseptically cleaned and etched and treated with zinc chromate corrosion-proof coating.

Thorough inspection of seat frames and all cabin components.

Air Mod pioneered state of the art soundproofing.

Seat sling reinforcement.

All interior components are repaired or made new to insure a quality finish and ease of installation

Seat height built to customer specs.

Every unupholstered cabin component is repaired, painted, and professionally placarded to guarantee a better than new look.

Everything new but the frame.

Materials, components and modifications are all approved with proper logbook, weight & balance entries and supporting certification documents, prepared and inspected by licensed on-staff A&P- IA.

Sorry for the inconvenience . . . Please check our Articles page for further information on the following:

        custom interiors
        radios & panels
        corrosion control
        glass installation
        paint scheme design
        auxiliary fuel tank installation
        ventilation systems
        passenger restraint systems
        convenience items

If you would like additional information at this time regarding the renovation of your aircraft, please give us a call at 513.732.6688.