As the Spring of '07 rolled around, my interior was showing signs that it had seen better days. It was over 30 yrs. old and was beginning to fall off the walls. The pictures on the right will give you an idea of how bad it was.
I was turned on to Arturo's Aircraft Interiors in Kingman, AZ by Larry Barras, a fellow member of the Cherokee Pilots Assoc. He had posted some pictures of his Cherokee 180 on the associations website, after having his paint and interior done in Kingman. I fell in love with the full leather treatment he got at Arturo's.
With the help of my friend Mark (as seen on this site :-) and his 182, I delivered the plane to Kingman on April 14th. Arturo told me I'd have the plane back in 3 weeks. I wasn't really expecting to have a full floor to ceiling interior refurbishment done in three weeks, but I was pleasantly surprised.
You can see the results on the next page.
John Galban's Flying Site
Interior Refurb #1
(The old stuff)
The old side panels were collapsing and coming off the wall. The panel by the rudder pedals was bulged out and almost interfering with
The front seats were getting threadbare. The pilots side panel was coming off, and the metal armrest wells had cracked paint, rusted metal and
This rear seat side panel was particularly embarrasing when carrying backseat passengers. The old cardboard panels had disintegrated and
could no longer fit the walls. You can also see the deteriorated plastic and metal window trim and the torn trim around the door.