Frequently Asked Questions

Flammability Questions

  • “Does OmnAvia provide burn certs for its materials?”

    We do provide burn test reports and a Certificate of Conformance with all materials delivered for an aircraft installation. The C of C references your PO number, the OmnAvia invoice number, the aircraft make and model, your registration number and the serial number of your aircraft. This is perfect for including in your maintenance log to show compliance with FAA regulations.
  • “What burn spec does my material need to meet?”

    Generally, if your aircraft has a GTOW of less than 12,500 lbs, our materials must meet 14CFR 23.853(a). This is a 15-second horizontal burn requirement. If the aircraft is heavier, materials must meet 14CFR 25.853(a), a vertical burn spec. The installation details will determine if the material must meet a 12-second test (floors, seating or curtain) or a 60-second vertical burn requirement (walls, window panels, ceiling panels, etc.).
  • “Who does your burn testing?”

    We only use test facilities that are staffed with an FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) for flammability. This assures you that testing has been performed by a laboratory that is current with all FAA flammability regulations.

Carpet Kit Questions

  • “I want to replace the carpet in my aircraft. Can you do that for me?”

    Sure! We ask that you remove the old kit, box it up and send it to us. We use it as a template to construct your new kit. This assures you that you can drop your new carpet kit right into place and it will fit as good as the old kit you retired.
  • “Do you have ‘off the shelf’ carpet kits I can purchase?”

    Unfortunately, we do not have stock kits. Each airplane has slightly nuanced differences, and we prefer to produce a kit for you that is customized to your aircraft.
  • “What about the thread that goes around the edge of the carpet pieces?’

    We have two types of carpet serging thread to offer that provide a clean edge finish and prevent the carpet from fraying on the edges. One is a soft nylon thread, or yarn, that is high lustre (Type 554 nylon). The other is bulked continuous filament nylon (BCF) that has a duller finish but is textured to resemble wool. It is strong, durable, and looks more like the carpet face yarn. We match each carpet in our line with the color in our BCF serging yarns.
    We also offer a polyester binding tape that is used on the edges of some carpet pieces. These are also matched to the carpets in our collection.

Cleaning Questions

  • “What is the best way to maintain leather seat covers?”

    Top-grain leather covers should be wiped down regularly with a mild solution of plain soap and water. Do not use a detergent with a degreaser, as it removes essential oils from the leather and causes premature drying and cracking of the covers. Occasionally the covers should be wiped with a leather conditioner that will restore the covers and keep them soft and supple.
  • “How do I clean my wool carpet?”

    The most important factor is to try to treat the stain quickly. First, blot the stain with a clean absorbent towel or cloth. Dabbing the cloth first with club soda will help dilute the stain and assist in transferring it to the cleaning cloth. Never rub the stain vigorously, as this can damage the pile and set the stain with frictional heat, and never use warm water or soda, as this can set the stain. Continue blotting with a clean towel and club soda until as much of the stain as possible has been removed. Always work from the edges of the stain inward to confine the discoloration to the initial area.

    Depending on the type of stain, one must select the proper cleaning agent to finish removing the stain. For acid-based stains, use a solution of one-part ammonia diluted in five parts water to continue blotting the stain. For protein-based stains (urine, blood, vomit, etc.), after removing all solids and blotting with club soda, blot with a 2:1 solution of water and white vinegar.

    Chewing gum can be removed first by applying ice to the gum until it freezes, then breaking the gum apart before it thaws. Certain stains that are petroleum-based will require the application of a solvent to remove the stain. Others will require a mild detergent solution to be blotted on the stain, and then rinsed with cold water or club soda.

Regular vacuuming to remove loose soil and fibres will keep dirt from becoming imbedded. For cut pile carpets we recommend using a vacuum with a beater bar/ brush. For cut and loop, all loop pile or berber type carpets a suction only type vacuum is suggested to prevent excessive fuzzing.

DO NOT apply stain repellent treatments containing any silicone to the pile. They tend to accelerate carpet soiling.

Wool vs. Synthetic Carpet Questions

  • “What is the advantage of wool pile carpets versus synthetic carpets?”

Wool is associated with luxury, and wool carpet pile general has a nicer “hand” than most nylon aircraft carpets. Wool is inherently flame-resistant and generates less smoke when burned. Wool carpets are the choice for any aircraft with a GTOW of 12,500 lbs or more, because they can be treated to meet the vertical burn requirements of 14CFR 25.853(a).

Nylon fiber has a higher tensile strength than wool fiber and can be engineered to be more stain resistant. They tend to shed loose fibers less than wool carpets, particularly loop pile nylon carpets. Our nylon carpets will conform only to the horizontal burn requirements of 14CFR 23.853(a).

Generally, wool carpets are more expensive than nylons. OmnAvia does have a line of wool carpets that offer a very approachable price point for the more discriminating owner of a small personal aircraft. Call us to learn more!

Sheepskin Hide Questions

  • “How do you sell sheepskin? Is it by the square yard?”

    Sheepskin, like leather, is sold by the whole hide, but priced by the square foot. Each hide carries a slightly different price, depending on its size. Our sheepskins, which come from Australian sheep, average about nine square feet each. We have 20 standard colors of sheepskin hides for your selection.

Vinyl vs. Polyurethane Questions

  • “What is the difference between vinyl-coated fabrics like Patriot Plus and polyurethane- coated faux leather like IZIT Leather?”

    Both types of material that OmnAvia offers are flame-resistant and very easy to keep clean. There are differences in the two. Firstly, there is a distinct chemical difference between vinyl (PVC) and urethane (PU). Urethane tends to be softer and more comfortable than PVC-coated fabrics. There is also a distinct difference in weight. Most PU fabrics are about half the weight of PVC fabrics. Strength is based as much on the substrate fabric as on the finish coating, so it is difficult to assert that one polymer is stronger than the other. Finally, there is a price difference. PU fabrics tend to be more expensive because of the higher cost of polyurethane polymer and higher production costs.

IZIT Leather vs. Natural Leather Questions

  • “What is the difference between IZIT® Leather and natural leather?”

    IZIT® (pronounced “is it”) Leather is a synthetic leather whose construction is a polyurethane surface coated onto a fabric base cloth. IZIT is produced in rolls that are 54’ – 56” wide, depending on the product. Leather obviously comes from cows and is produced in whole hides. Each hide is a unique shape and size, with hides averaging between 50 and 60 square feet, depending on the source of the cattle. The shape of a hide is irregular, and the hide itself is subject to having imperfections dur to bug bites, barbed wire marks, etc. IZIT® Leather is produce in rolls of a consistent width. This results in IZIT having a higher yield than leather.

    There can be a wide variation in the thickness of any hide, but the typical range is between 0.8 and 1.2 mm. IZIT® Leather has a consistent thickness of 0.8 mm. The weight difference is measurable; leather weighs in the range of 24 to 28 ounces per square yard, while IZIT® Leather’s weight ranges (depending on the specific version) from 10.6 oz/sy to 14.2 oz/sy. IZIT® is an ideal product for headliner, sidewall and window panels, and seating. It has excellent stretch characteristics for these applications, as well as exceptional strength, abrasion resistance and color stability.

    Natural leather is most often used in seating, and users prefer its character, feel and fragrance. IZIT® Leather is very easy to maintain and can be cleaned with nearly any household cleaner. Greater care must be taken with leather when cleaning and conditioning the product.

    Lastly, leather can vary greatly in price per square foot, depending on source, grain, finish, treatment, and other factors. The equivalent IZIT® Leather price per square foot is less than to the least expensive aircraft leathers on the market today.

BluSky Armor® Questions

  • “What is the difference between BluSky Armor® and other lacquer finishes for cabinetry?”

BluSky Armor® is a revolutionary solvent-free clear coating that uses UV light rather than chemical catalysts to initiate the curing process. This unique chemistry creates a chain reaction that forms a durable cross-linked polymer matrix that cures in two minutes or less when exposed to low-power UV-A light waves. This process takes hours of wait time out of the process, practically eliminates the introduction of airborne contaminants to the wet uncured lacquer and allows for multiple layers of clear coat application in a very short time span. The result is a finish that is durable, water-clear and stable when exposed to severe changes in temperature and humidity.

  • “What kind of special equipment is needed to use this product?”

BluSky Armor® is applied using standard spray guns and nozzles. No special mixing equipment, cleaning equipment or polishing and buffing gear is needed; you can use what you are using today. Our LED UV curing lamps are the only additional equipment investment required, and they are inexpensive, easy to install and safe to use.

  • “What about additives? What kind of accelerator, reducer, flame retardant or catalyst must be added?”

The beauty of BluSky Armor® is that it is a single-stage product. NONE of those additives are needed to apply this product. We do recommend reducing our 1007-U Sealer by 20% with 91% IPA to allow better penetration into the veneer grain. And if there is a need to reduce for any other reason, 91% IPA is required. It flashes off quickly and is compatible with the BluSky Armor chemistry.

  • “How much time do I have to spray before the clear coat begins to set up in the can?”

As long as BluSky Armor® does not see UV-A light, you gun time is indefinite. In fact, if you have clear coating left over, it can be poured into an opaque container to be used another day. We do not recommend returning it to the original container, as it could activate the UV catalyst in the unused clear coat if it has been is exposed to UV light. Your waste from unused catalysed clear coating will be significantly reduced with BluSky Armor.

  • “What about clean up? What special chemicals are needed to clean spray guns and other application equipment?”

BluSky Armor® is cleaned up using 91% IPA. It is your “go to” friend for reducing (if needed), for wiping down sanded surfaces, and for cleaning up your spray equipment. When finished spraying, simply add BluSky Armor to your pot, swish and spray into a trash drum or on a piece of corrugated and disconnect your spray gun. Drop the gun into a tray or can of 91% IPA, and you are done for the night!

  • “What kind of special equipment is needed to use this product?”

BluSky Armor® is applied using standard spray guns and nozzles. No special mixing equipment, cleaning equipment or polishing and buffing gear is needed; you can use what you are using today.