Aircraft Paint Schemes
You’ve seen those aircraft with the remarkable paint jobs. Aircraft that look fast and lean just sitting on the ramp; aircraft that have panache and communicate the personality of the owner; aircraft that make you smile, make you take a second look. There’s a good chance that the aircraft paint scheme was designed by only one company and their very specialized team of designers — Scheme Designers.
Since 1997, Scheme Designers has pioneered the business of aircraft paint schemes and vinyl designs for all types, sizes, and models – from kit planes through business jets, helicopters to airline fleets. Around the globe, there are over 16,000 unique aircraft wearing a Scheme Designers livery.
Over half of the OEMs delivering new aircraft have worked with Scheme Designers to develop the exterior styling for their factory new models, setting the standard for the industry as a whole. The Scheme Designers team of artists and designers work with each customer from inception through application of their aircraft paint scheme at the paint shop of their choice, and their job isn’t done until the paint scheme has been executed perfectly.
Scheme Designers is celebrating their 25th anniversary throughout 2022/3. The company began with one designer working with a few aircraft manufacturers and customers, to bring custom paint schemes to all general aviation aircraft – a new concept in 1997. Since then, the company has expanded to include a team of professional aircraft livery artists who have designed aircraft paint schemes which are flying on over 16,000 aircraft on every continent across the globe. What a flight it has been. Thank you to all our amazing clients!
Meet Craig Barnett
Craig Barnett grew up in aviation – literally. He was roaming the southern African skies in his father’s Bonanza from before he could walk. He grew up in the back of his father’s Piper Aztec.
As a child, Craig helped his father restore a World War II Spitfire IX to flying condition in the 1970s. As a teen, Craig’s first plane was a 1964 Cessna 150E that he and his father rebuilt. Craig earned his pilot’s license at 17 and flew his Cessna 150E throughout southern Africa.
Craig is a Civil Engineer, artist and commercial pilot with instrument and multi-ratings, and has flown close to 100 different aircraft types.
Craig’s unique background in aviation, engineering, art and business come together as the perfect background to lead Scheme Designers, the world leader in aircraft paint schemes and vinyl designs. Craig leads his dedicated team of five full time designers to embrace higher standards of art, technology and customer service.