Richard Dabkowski has been appointed as Director of Quality Assurance for the North American maintenance, refurbishment and completions business Flying Colours Corp. Richard, who will be based at the company’s Peterborough, ON. facility, reports directly to Tony Barrett, Vice President, Technical Services, Flying Colours Corp.
Richard is now responsible for all aspects of quality control relating to matters of airworthiness for maintenance, manufacturing, completion, and the Canadian NADCAP (National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program), at the Peterborough site. In addition, he will be responsible for the on-going evaluation and improvement of other internal quality assurance programs, as well as managing the company’s AS9100C status. Externally, liaison with Transport Canada and foreign regulatory agencies will form a key part of the role.
His career spans over 30 years in aviation. He joined the Flying Colours maintenance team in 2011 following nine years as an independent consultant conducting aircraft maintenance record audits and providing technical consulting services for aircraft imports/exports. Prior to this he worked in maintenance roles for AMO company Kelowna Flightcraft Ltd (now KWAerospace), and cargo company, All Canada Express Ltd. With his strong background in quality inspections, knowledge of technical records and aviation maintenance, as well as, experience and knowledge of Flying Colours Corp. procedures, Richard is well positioned to fulfill the Director of Quality Assurance position.
“Richard’s extensive experience will ensure that our operations will continue to function at the high standards for which we are known. His expertise will prove invaluable to the business as we continue to develop our services and team,” said John Gillespie, President and CEO, Flying Colours, about the appointment.
“With the continued expansion of Flying Colours services, it is important that we maintain the superior quality of all our procedures. I’m looking forward to the challenge of ensuring that the established processes are maintained, as well as improved, and that the quality of what we do continues to exceed expectations as the business grows,” said Richard about his new role.
Richard has taken on the role following the retirement of Al Keeling who has worked in the aviation industry for a lifetime, of which seven years were spent with Flying Colours Corp as Directory of Quality Assurance.