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Aviation Painters Forum Takes Off

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Like aviation technology itself, coatings for today's aircraft are changing constantly, bringing high-stakes challenges that have turned a group of industry competitors into collaborators.

In an effort to raise the industry benchmark, reduce corrosion and improve painter safety, a group of aircraft paint team members gathered recently to share information.


"Paint is more than aesthetics; it affects the weight of the aircraft and protects the integrity of the airframe," the Federal Aviation Administration advises.

The first Industry Benchmark Forum: Aircraft Paint convened at Duncan Aviation's facility in Lincoln, NE.

Paint industry representatives from Bombardier Learjet, Dassault Falcon Jet, Gulfstream, Elliott Aviation and Standard Aero gathered at the one-day event to discuss the state of the aircraft paint industry and to discuss processes and products being used to minimize and mitigate aircraft corrosion.

Paint Peers

The goal of the forum was to create a peer-to-peer think tank of his fellow paint managers, Duncan Aviation's Doug Bohac told DOM Magazine.

“I want us to meet twice a year to discuss important issues such as corrosion, which products are working and which are not, safety regulations, where to find future employees and things like that,” Bohac said.

“I have already built some great relationships since starting this effort. We are competitors, but we are in this together. We have become friends.”

Chromate Concerns

The group also considered current and future work processes and paint products.

Duncan Aviation

Doug Bohac of Duncan Aviation arranged the one-day forum with his fellow paint managers at other companies. "We are competitors, but we are in this together," he said.

“We also addressed the shift to chrome-free paint," said Bohac.

"Some of us having been using these products for years, while others plan to reduce the amount of chromate products they use.

“We all realize the shift to chrome-free will happen in the next few years in Europe, and the United States will likely follow suit.”

An AkzoNobel representative gave a presentation on research and testing of chrome-free products now on the market as well as those in development.

Attendees called the forum "mutually beneficial" for paint managers, shops and customers.

The group will meet again in April at another paint facility location, organizers said.


Tagged categories: Aviation; Coating Application; Conferences; Corrosion protection; Health and safety; North America; Painting Contractors; Protective Coatings

Comment from Scott Ward, (10/21/2014, 6:17 AM)

It would extremely beneficial if the story provided contact information or other details that are interested in learning more about this forum, details regarding next meeting etc, as the are several that could benefit from it. While I understand that could make the forum grow in size (quite possibly more than ever expected) but people in the field want to know/participate.

Comment from Mary Chollet, (10/21/2014, 9:30 AM)

Thanks, Scott. Unfortunately, the group did not provide any of these details, but here is the link to contact Doug Bohac at Duncan Aviation.

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