Flying Colours Corp., the North America-headquartered refurbishment, completions and MRO specialist, has delivered a reconfigured Falcon 2000LXS. The work was performed for a long-time customer and represents the twelfth aircraft project the Canadian owner has entrusted to Flying Colours in twenty years. A thirteenth project is already in the pipeline. The full scope of work included significant cabin layout modification, cabinetry refinishing, metal re-plating, and a new, hand-woven carpet installation.
The Flying Colours Corp. design engineering team reconfigured the aft cabin floorplan by replacing an existing four seat club format with a three-seat divan, flanked by new cabinets. Two existing seats from the front of the cabin were reupholstered, and relocated, opposite the divan. Four new production seats, featuring the same leather as the aft, were installed in the front section. Complementing the cabin’s neutral palette are newly finished wood veneers featuring a rich recon rosewood colour with a honey stain that perfectly complements the brushed nickel metal finishing. Side-ledges feature tablet stowage arms, with the overall design intended to maximize space to create a cabin that enables productivity or relaxation on long-haul flights. On completion certification services to obtain Supplemental Type Certificates from the Federal Aviation Authority and Transport Canada Civil Aviation were completed by the Flying Colours Corp. team.
Externally the fuselage was stripped back and repainted with a striking dual colour scheme – white on top, and a desert sand hue beneath – in the fully computerised, climate controlled paint shop which opened in March this year at Flying Colours Corp. Peterborough headquarters.
The aircraft, which is new to the owner, joins a private fleet. “We’re always delighted when a long-term customer entrusts us with a new project. We’ve performed a dozen projects for this client over the last two decades, and their repeat business tells us we offer the range and depth of services that customers are looking for. Our ability to cover all aspects of the refurbishment from design engineering, to interior upgrades and exterior paintwork in a single location is very attractive for owners,” said Sean Gillespie, Executive VP.
Photo Caption: Falcon 2000LXS demonstrates full range of services provided by Flying Colours Corp.
Flying Colours Corp., the North American MRO and completions business, has completed a 240 month inspection for a Bombardier Global Express aircraft. The intense check took place at Flying Colours Corp’ Peterborough, ON. headquarters where a technical team with extensive heavy maintenance experience completed the twenty-year inspection.
Completely stripped back to the air frame a thorough check for corrosion, stress fractures and other issues that may affect the structural integrity of the aircraft was undertaken. This was followed by a number of service bulletin updates. In conjunction with the mandatory 240 month inspection tasks and landing gear restoration, additional hourly inspections were completed, as well as, multiple service bulletins to inspect for and correct flap corrosion. In the new fully computerised and climate controlled state-of-the-art paint shop, which opened this March at the Canadian company’s headquarters, paint work touch ups rejuvenated the fuselage.
The aircraft was already familiar to the Flying Colours Corp. team having visited Peterborough just two years’ ago for a complete cabin refurbishment and new fuselage paintwork under previous ownership. Minor touch ups to the cabinetry and soft furnishings were also undertaken in parallel with the latest maintenance. Confirming the company’s expertise on this platform a further two Bombardier Global Express heavy maintenance checks are in the pipeline, with a 120- and 240-month scheduled in the next six months.
“The 240 month inspection is extensive and requires extreme attention to detail to ensure the aircraft is structurally safe to enter back into service,” said Kevin Kliethermes, Director of Sales. With most early production Global aircraft still operating Kliethermes says the team is pleased to be supporting future inspections. “As a Bombardier Authorized Service Facility, we are very well positioned to support owners of this airframe. We have a highly motivated and experienced maintenance workforce that understands the intricacies of these detailed checks; we have the infrastructure with eight spacious hangars in North America enabling easy fuselage access; and a dedicated Global tail-dock designed to support work on the Global platform. We also have our avionics, paint and interiors team standing by to support a variety of aircraft upgrades in parallel. Owners appreciate the ability to have all the work conducted in one location as it significantly minimises downtime,” concludes Kliethermes.
Photo Caption: Flying Colours performing heavy maintenance checks on Bombardier Global aircraft types.
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