EASA approves Flying Colours’ ADS-B Out upgrade for Challenger 300


Flying Colours Corp has received EASA approval to install ADS-B Out tracking technology on Bombardier Challenger 300 aircraft operating in Europe. This is the latest in a line of approvals to install the technology.

The company most recently gained the same approval from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) and from the FAA in 2017. Flying Colours already holds STCs for the installation of ADS-B Out equipment installation on Bombardier Challenger 600-2B16 (604 and 605), from the FAA, EASA and TCCA.

Flying Colours has installed more than 30 ADS-B Out solutions on a variety of aircraft types, including 20 Challenger 604s in its home territory of North America. It has invested in additional equipment, inventory and team members to boost its ADS-B Out installations by approximately 30%. It currently has capacity for 7- 10 installations per month across its two North American facilities.

The demand for such installations is currently very high, with the St Louis facility operating 24/7 shifts to meet it. As a Bombardier authorized service facility, Flying Colours boasts extensive maintenance experience on the Challenger 300 and can offer both flight deck and cabin upgrades on the model.

The company has already received inquiries from European owners sourcing major flight deck and cabin upgrades. “We want to try and future-proof the aircraft by giving owners the best advice in terms of avionics upgrades,” said Kevin Kliethermes, director of sales at Flying Colours. “For some European customers it is more attractive, and often more cost-efficient, to bring their aircraft to our facilities to have maintenance, installation and interior upgrades all conducted under a single roof. This latest approval will help us support existing clients in their move towards NextGen capabilities, and hopefully attract new ones as the installation slots become rapidly booked up.”

May 25, 2018

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