Aircraft in the office at PrivateFly

In addition to being in and around airports as much as possible, at PrivateFly we’re lucky to enjoy aircraft inside the office. Not whole aircraft of course. But reconditioned aircraft parts that have been transformed into works of art and furniture.

Intrepid Design is becoming a leader in this field, and their talented team sources decommissioned aviation parts from all over the world. These are then reconditioned and reworked into stunning, one-off pieces which are highly sought after by interior designers, private clients and corporates.

The company’s aim is to restore and showcase each part’s original function, while also creating a modern and exciting new form. We have several pieces on display at PrivateFly – here are two of the most recent additions.

Altitude Indicator Nixie Clock

Intrepid Design Nixie Clock

This Nixie Clock is made from an Altitude Indicator, originally from a Westland Lynx helicopter

As any aviation enthusiast knows, an Altitude Indicator is a flight instrument found in cockpits of all kinds, and mimics the relationship of the aircraft to the horizon – giving the pilot a clear view of any change of orientation.

This one was originally situated in a Westland Lynx Helicopter, which was launched in the 1970s. But it has now been restored and converted to a fully-operational Nixie clock, with a bespoke case, powder coated in RAF Grey. The clock’s display can show a 24 or 12 hour time setting and date; its has colour variations which can be set to change hourly; and there’s a brightness display option, including night blanking override.

Rotating fan blade from a Boeing 777-300


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A big talking point with any visitor to our office is this rare, carbon fan blade. It was originally part of a General Electric GE90-115B engine and was used on a Boeing 777-300. Mounted on a pedestal with a motorised rotating base, it’s the first thing you see when you walk in the door – a wonderful, sculptural sight in the morning for any AvGeek!

Measuring more than four feet long and weighing less than 50lbs, it’s made of carbon fibre and a toughened epoxy matrix. The uniquely curved blade design is lighter, more aerodynamic and larger than traditional titanium blades – reducing the weight of the engine and help lower fuel burn.

The aerodynamic design allows the blade to pull large amounts of air into the engine – a perfect example of cutting-edge engineering, design and beauty. In 2007, it was introduced into the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

For more stunning images and information about Intrepid Design’s work, visit their website www.intrepid-design.co.uk