Aircraft curtains serve three major purposes:
- To block light in general aviation aircraft
- to divide classes of service on commercial aircraft;
- create privacy areas in flight crew work areas and rest areas.
Spectra offers fabrics that satisfy each of these requirements.
General AviationAircraft Curtains tend to be short; thus the ability to “drape”, or to hang and then be gathered without a “flair” at the bottom hem, does not factor into the fabric selection.The curtains in these installations tend to be very short and often are attached at the top and bottom of the curtain. Fabrics of any weightcan be used for this application.
Commercial Aircraft Curtains are generally longer (36 inches to 84 inches), are attached on sliders at the top, and are usually retracted, gathered at the middle of the curtain length, and held in place with a tie-back strap that either snaps or is closed with Velcro. The ability of this fabric to hang straight when retracted is important, for safety as well as aesthetic reasons. For this reason the fabrics tend to be lighter in weight, and the weave structure is more loosely constructed that upholstery fabrics. For aesthetic reasons, it is desirable that these curtain fabrics are reversible, or the same weave on both sides. Spectra has in stock fabrics that meet these criteria.
Spectra also has flame-resistant polyester drape fabrics in stock. These fabrics can be washed in a commercial washing machine with no loss of fire-retardant properties, make ease of care an important factor in the cost of ownership of curtains made with this type of fabric. Wool curtains, on the other hand, must be dry-cleaned.
Contact us for additional information on aircraft curtains, and our selection of fabrics to help you complete this aspect of your aircraft interior.