During the summer of 2014, I interned with Textron Aviation ( Cessna Aircraft) at their Wichita Kansas facility. I was part of a team of interns that included aerospace, electrical, mechanical engineers, as well as interior and industrial designers in Wichita, Kansas. We collaborated to develop a blue-sky concept and full scale mock-up of a medium class business jet cabin interior.
We're all different, so we thought there should be a place for everyone.
We began with a considerable amount of market research by interviewing Industry experts, pilots, and customers to understand our clients. We created three user profiles to keep a story in mind while designing.
We went on to designate a floor plan that was influenced by our insights. By using a full scale representation interior, we were able to test our layouts based on human factors, FAA regulations, and most importantly the needs of a intended users.
Ideation and concept selection
Full and quarter scale sketch models
Our Solution and Philosophy - Modularity
Our goal is to design a flying experience that feels like a home in the sky.
Our inspiration comes from contemporary residences, hotels, and furniture. =
We hope to create an aircraft that is not just a means of travel, but a lifestyle.
We proposed that the aircraft should function as more of a residential space than reference transportation design.
The modules were designated as public, private, and transitional spaces that could be arranged for the users specific needs
The interior design intern and industrial design interns worked with Textron Aviation's industrial design team to further realize our concepts for the cabin.
We also tested our concept by creating a full scale mock-up of the cabin interior. By engaging with both physical prototypes and digital computer modeling, we created the final mock-up by finalizing dimensions in CAD, printing and CNC full scale parts, and then assembled our prototype.
Cessna - Textron Aviation