Flying Colours completes G650 refurbishment


Flying Colours’ team in Peterborough, Canada, has completed the refurbishment of a Gulfstream G650 that returned to the facility following a paint job earlier in the year. The company said the project incorporated a variety of interior changes that reflected current trends.

Six single seats, two double seats and a three-piece divan were stripped down to the frames, rebuilt with new foam cushions, then sanded and painted to complement the new trims. Individual seats were covered with a pearl-coloured leather, and the seatbacks featured a contrasting textured material. Each seat incorporates a customised stitching pattern, along with new seatbelt webbing.

One example of an on-trend feature, the company said, was that the divan was upgraded with a complementary pearl fabric, rather than leather. Additionally, the cabin’s lower sidewall panels and ledges were recovered in leather. A new Ultraleather cabin curtain was custom-manufactured and installed by Flying Colours. The reupholstered front and aft lavatory seats enhanced the upgrade.

The refurbishment included reupholstering a divan with fabric rather than leather

The refurbishment included upgrading a divan with fabric rather than leather

The existing flooring was removed and replaced with a smoked charcoal coloured carpet to contrast with the pearl leather seat tones. The increasingly popular tones of cream and grey are balanced by dark veneer finishes on the bulkheads, galleys and sideledges.

“This aircraft had previously been painted by the Flying Colours crew, and the customer was so delighted that they brought it back for the interior work,” said Eric Gillespie, executive vice president, Flying Colours. “Repeat business is the highest accolade we can be paid, and the gorgeous new interior is as breathtaking as the exterior.”

A second G650 arrived at the Peterborough workshop in October to undergo refurbishment, further highlighting the company’s growing work on the OEM’s aircraft types. “We work on all types of airframes, and in the last year have worked on an increasing amount of Gulfstream models whose owners appreciate that we can offer interior, exterior and maintenance work all at one location,” said Gillespie. “This reduces downtime, and with the current business aviation landscape being so busy, this is an extremely important factor for owners and operators.”

The G650 fuselage has a sparkling pearl/mica Diamond Mine basecoat surface combined with an intricate design incorporating curving stripes and complicated swirling patterns. To achieve a crystal-sparkling effect, a specialty basecoat-clearcoat polyurethane paint incorporating translucent pearl and mica granules was applied after the priming process.

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