Flying Colours optimises Global Express downtime


A Bombardier Global has undergone a 240-month heavy inspection at Flying Colours’ facility in Peterborough, Canada. The work included a landing gear overhaul, anticipated restoration tasks, and the installation of Collins’ Venue CMS, which was blended with Alto Aviation switches.

The controls are specifically designed to fit into previous switch panel location holes to maximise client budget and reduce installation time. Flying Colours’ experience with the Venue backbone supported by Alto Switch sets was a factor in the customer selection of the MRO.

To support the existing Ka-band connectivity, upgraded routers were repositioned for cabin and flight deck connectivity. The Aimskylab sound-proofing system was integrated to reduce noise in the cabin. Externally the fuselage was stripped and repainted.

“Our experience installing the blended Venue and Alto Switch offering and our capacity to fulfil maintenance, interior, paint and avionics tasks makes Flying Colours Corp an attractive choice for aircraft owners,” said Eric Gillespie, executive vice president, Flying Colours. “Undertaking all the work at a single venue reduces downtime and maximises budget, which is also very appealing. For this customer the result was an improved ownership experience with improved connectivity, reduced noise levels and a new-look fuselage.

The maintenance team regularly conducts heavy inspections for Global and Challenger types. “We have a consistent pipeline of Global heavy checks coming through the facility and our experience just keeps strengthening,” said Gillespie. “This makes us a great option for owners looking for a provider that can meet all their maintenance, interiors, repairs and overhaul needs.”

The 240-month inspection involves completely stripping the aircraft down to the frame, enabling an in-depth look at the fuselage to check for signs of everything from stress fractures to corrosion, as well as other issues that may have affected the structural integrity of the aircraft. The cabin was also laid bare, with panels, carpets, insulating surfaces floorboards, monuments, fairings and sideledges removed for assessments and overhauls.

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