Flying Colours doubles the challenge



Completions and MRO services provider Flying Colours Corp. recently a matching pair of Bombardier Challenger 850 aircraft for an undisclosed Fortune 500 company.

According to a company statement, the first aircraft was delivered in July, the second earlier last month. Flying Colours was assigned with the task to identify, source and support purchase negotiations of the aircraft on the client’s behalf as well.

Once acquired, the aircraft were moved to the company’s St. Louis facility, where they underwent extensive maintenance checks, avionics upgrades and an entire interior reconfiguration. The latter brought several first for the company as well, including the installation of Gogo Business Aviation’s 4G air-to-ground connectivity and communications system, in addition to the first installation of the ALTO cadence switch cabin management system.

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The updated configuration features a four-place club format with built-in side counter work tables at the front, a middle segment of three rows of two-plus-one, and an aft club conference group of four, with a half club arrangement opposite, fulfilled the need to change the aircraft from a 15 to 19 seat corporate shuttle. Standard business class seats were fitted with USB ports for in-seat charging. The Rockwell Collins Airshow 500 is displayed via monitors at the front and back of the aircraft. To accommodate hot and cold drinks the galley was modified to offer maximum storage, and two lavatories feature at the fore and aft of the cabin.

“We helped the client find the right aircraft, ensured no hidden surprises would come up after purchase, and created a customized interior to match the client’s mission,” explains Flying Colours Corp. Executive VP Sean Gillespie. “We maximized the downtime by conducting maintenance and interior work under one roof. Finally, we finished the paint specification in Peterborough. There are not many companies that can see the project through from A to Z but we are well positioned to do this.”