Global Express undergoes 240-month heavy inspection at Flying Colours


Flying Colours has completed a 240-month heavy inspection on a Bombardier Global Express. A landing gear overhaul and scheduled restoration tasks were also undertaken to complete the mandatory 15/30/60/120/240-month inspection package.

In parallel, the fuselage’s look was updated with the application of mica-infused paint to achieve a sparkling effect. On completion, the airframe donned a Starlight Silver Pearl base, accented by Phantom Gray Pearl applied to the top of the fuselage, stripes, doorframe and wingtips. To achieve the look, a specialty basecoat-clearcoat polyurethane paint – incorporating fine mica granules that generate a crystal-sparkling effect – was applied after the priming process.

The multifaceted approach required technical expertise and intense attention to detail to achieve a stylish finish for the USA-based client.

The Flying Colours maintenance team has supported a continuous pipeline of heavy inspections for Global aircraft during the last five years.

“We have extensive experience working on Global airframes, which means our maintenance team can anticipate common issues and anticipate unexpected requirements that may occur,” said Eric Gillespie, executive vice president of Flying Colours Corp. “This knowledge gives our clients the confidence that we conduct rigorous inspections throughout the heavy check process. We know what to look for and how to resolve any issues. The fact that we can perform the entire workscope in one location also saves them downtime and optimises their budget.”

Each 240-month inspection involves completely stripping the aircraft down to the frame, enabling an in-depth look at the aircraft 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.

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