Showers & Galleys

GMT custom builds lightweight composite showers for the custom aircraft industry. These complex structures not only have to be light, durable and aesthetically perfect, but they also have to pass exacting standards imposed by the FAA. Typically made in two pieces for ease of installation in the aircraft, the showers are built with flame retardant resins and paint systems. The basic structure is two skins of vacuum bagged glass over a Nomex honeycomb core. GMT carefully installs all components and provides all required testing for FAA compliance.

Showers have been installed on BBJ’s, 767, 757, 747, 737, DC10 and Gulfstream aircraft.

"Showers For Boeing Jets"
From GMT Carbonics Newsletter, Fall 2007

A Russian industrialist’s new Boeing 767-200 jet is the latest aircraft to be fitted with two custom composite shower enclosures built by GMT Composites. We have now delivered twenty of these unusual enclosures.

Each latest circular shower is 40 inches (1m) in diameter and 80 inches (2m) tall; each was delivered in three pieces to facilitate installation by MAV Aircraft (Fort Worth, TX), contractor for the Russian jet’s special interior.

Constructed of aramid honeycomb cored fiberglass and flame-retardant epoxy, these enclosures feature a curved transparent Lexan door plus integral soap-niche column. A single complete shower enclosure weighs only 160 pounds (72.6 kg), less than half of what each would weigh if built of standard aircraft or marine materials.

The intricacies of the airborne showers include surprisingly complex shaping, the need for perfect curvatures for non-binding yet watertight door closure, an integral anti-slip floor texture with perimeter drain, scrupulous attention to weight control, an unblemished shiny finish, and –in this case- full compliance with FAA Form 8130 airworthiness specifications