Flying Colours Corp completes first refurbishment with Inairvation components


A 2003 Bombardier Classic Global Express has emerged from refurbishment at Flying Colours Corp’s facility in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

The aircraft was redelivered to its private owner at the end of March 2017, and includes pre-engineered components from Inairvation.

Highlights of the olive and cream cabin – designed by Flying Colours Corp – include textured materials, designer fabrics, brown twill carbon fiber veneers and bespoke handmade carpet.

The cabin features Lufthansa Technik’s nice HD CMS/IFE, with control units incorporated into Inairvation sideledges. The system has a wireless interface enabling the integration of iOS and Android PEDs, and a Hollywood studio content service for movies and TV shows. The nice system also controls the cabin’s B/E Aerospace LED mood lighting system. Connectivity has been improved with the installation of a Gogo ATG 5000 high-speed data system.

Flying Colours Corp adapted its processes to “maximize communication” with Inairvation. “We had to liaise regularly to ensure the new nice HD CMS/IFE system and customized sideledges worked with the existing aircraft systems and airframe,” said Sean Gillespie, executive vice president at Flying Colours Corp. “Communication was key and this project certainly broadened our notion of teamwork. Inairvation was great to work with which meant we were able to keep the project on track, and re-deliver to the customer on time and on budget.”

Inairvation also provided crème-colored granite stone flooring and black granite stone countertops, which feature in the entryway, galley and forward and aft lavatories.

“This retrofit components option provides a significant number of benefits to an aircraft owner,” said Philip von Schroeter, CEO, Inairvation.In this instance, the owner was familiar with our proven stone products and wanted to incorporate them again.

“The new ergonomic sideledges underwent rigorous design, testing and development by us which meant they were ready to drop in as Flying Colours worked through the installation. This certainly adds value to the refurbishment as they minimize non-recurring engineering costs and reduce downtime for the client.”

The cabin also features new Global 6000 seat frames from BE Aerospace, which have been upholstered in cream and green materials that include Aniline Gaufrange – an embossed and hand-rubbed cowhide – on the seatback, armrest and vertical back band of the armrest. This contrasts with a brown twill carbon fiber veneer, also used on most monument surfaces, including a custom work desk. A dark ebony hardwood and satin copper rose metal finish provide accents.

Flying Colours Corp also updated the exterior with one of the most detailed paint schemes it has completed, incorporating stripes, honeycombs and a carbon fiber pattern. “The paint shop took just six weeks to complete this incredibly complex scheme,” said Gillespie.

The project took under five months to finalize. The completion center is now in “advanced discussions” with another customer regarding a cabin conversion incorporating Inairvation components. Gillespie anticipates that project will commence in the summer, with installation time reduced even further.

May 17, 2017

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