Peterborough, Canada | October 14, 2018– On the eve of this year’s NBAA Flying Colours – booth 1735 – the North American maintenance, repair, overhaul and completions business has announced it is adding more than 140,000 square feet to its North American footprint as it continues its ambitious expansion and embarks on its largest infrastructure growth to date.

Plans are currently being finalized for the groundbreaking of a brand-new hangar by the end of fall 2018 at the Peterborough, ON. facility. The additional hangar, the fourth at Flying Colours Peterborough headquarters, is needed to provide additional capacity for completions, refurbishment and heavy maintenance work scopes on large jet airframes.

The purpose-built hangar will be divided into three distinct zones. A new 40,000-square-feet, climate controlled, state-of-the-art paint shop will be added, supplementing the two existing dedicated paint shops. Large enough to accommodate business jets up to Global 7500, Boeing Business Jet or Airbus A220 (formerly known as the Bombardier C Series) size airframes it will fulfill the higher volume of paint jobs passing through the facility. A second area of 40,000 square feet has been designed to enable heavy maintenance and/or interior work on up to four Global 6000-size aircraft to take place simultaneously. Two higher levels will be used for new customer offices, a second dedicated design-center at the facility, storage and general office space. The total office space will cover more than 20,000 square feet bringing the hangar footprint to more than 100,000 square feet in total when it opens in mid-2019.

At the company’s Chesterfield, St. Louis facility a fifth hangar will be inaugurated on

1 December. The 30,000-square-feet area will be large enough to handle up to three parallel large-jet maintenance, avionics upgrades and interior projects at once including Bombardier Global and larger Gulfstream models. The additional capacity dove tails with the expanded interiors and cabinetry workshop that opened in January of this year. Together the shops will support the multiple aircraft projects being undertaken at the KSUS facility. A further 18,000 square feet of customer lounges, office space, and storage area will form the second floor of the facility.

The next expansion phase represents Flying Colours’ largest investment to date and has been driven by the long-term need for increased capacity as customer demand reflects renewed growth in the business aviation sector. The latest aircraft models require high-quality interior monuments for completions, an active pre-owned market has driven a rise in refurbishment demand, and the frequency of heavy maintenance checks has grown as more models become due. An evolving connectivity segment has also stimulated the need for more avionics upgrades across numerous platforms. This has also been augmented by the upcoming ADS-B Out mandate in the North Americas.

When the buildings are complete more than 100 team members will join the family owned business across the two sites. The search for maintenance, interiors and paint expertise will lead the recruitment drive.

“We were literally running out of space to deliver all the services that our clients were requesting, so took the decision to increase our footprint significantly at both of our North American sites,” says Sean Gillespie, Executive VP, Flying Colours Corp. “The business aviation sector is more buoyant than it has been for some time and with our Bombardier ASF status, our breadth of experience working on numerous different aircraft types, and the fact that we can offer a multitude of skills under one roof, so reducing aircraft downtime, is making us very attractive to a wider range of customers.”

Peterborough | July 18, 2016– Flying Colours Corp., the North American MRO, completions, and refurbishment company has selected Rockwell Collins’ Venue™ cabin management and high-definition entertainment system for retrofit installation on all future CRJ ExecLiner conversions.

The first installation has already taken place at the Peterborough headquarters as a Bombardier CRJ200 conversion nears completion to a VIP ExecLiner format, a business jet configuration that Flying Colours has made its own. The aircraft will now be able to maximize the capability to display HD movies, enhance digital audio throughout the cabin, and broadcast other high-resolution content, including the Rockwell Collins Airshow® 3D moving map.

Going forward the installation of the Venue system will be standard on all CRJ200 conversions undertaken by the Flying Colours team. A further five ExecLiners are currently inbound to the Peterborough workshops, and each will have the newly selected system integrated during conversion. In addition Flying Colours will be setting-up a Venue demo unit of the of the Rockwell Collins CMS product in the Peterborough client design room. This will enable aircraft owners, of all model types, to evaluate the system for potential installation.

“Having over 25 CRJ conversions completed we wanted to upgrade our CMS offering to ensure that we offer customers modern intuitive technology, that also supports improved functionality. From a passenger’s perspective it provides a whole lot more in terms of flexibility, reliability and innovation. This is why we are now incorporating it as standard” said Eric Gillespie, Executive VP Flying Colours, about the upgrade. Rockwell Collins’ worldwide support is available to Flying Colours customers via their Global network.

This latest selection of the Rockwell Collins product further bolsters the established relationship between the two North American companies as Flying Colours is already a preferred installation agent and recognized dealer of all Rockwell Collins products.

EBACE | May 16, 2016– Flying Colours Corp. returns to this year’s EBACE in a buoyant mood, (Booth WO63) having confirmed signing the first customer for INAIRVATION’s pre-engineered retro-fit cabin solution for Bombardier Global aircraft types. Flying Colours, which was named a North American partner by the Austrian-based joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and F/LIST during NBAA 2015, is already working with the European partners on the design engineering for the cabin. The undisclosed client confirmed the order in late April. Work on the project has already begun. The aircraft induction at Flying Colours is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016, whilst re-delivery is anticipated to be in the first quarter of 2017.

The launch customer has selected the baseline INAIRVATION package to blend with the new interior. The refit will incorporate the nice® HD Cabin Management and Inflight Entertainment system (IFE/CMS) from Lufthansa Technik. The system’s functionality will be integrated into new ergonomic side-ledges which are pre-engineered and manufactured by F/LIST. These modules will be delivered and installed during the retrofit process, which will take place at the Flying Colours’ Peterborough, Ontario headquarters.

The INAIRVATION components are just one piece of the larger cabin refurbishment project. The Global Express will undergo extensive reconfiguration of just about every part of its interior. The existing seats are to be replaced with Global 6000 frames and covered in a variety of exotic leathers. The lighting system will incorporate a rainbow spectrum of choices all controlled by the nice® HD CMS. A stone granite floor will be installed in the entrance galley area, including the forward lavatory, as well as the aft lavatory, and will complement the veneers and design of the monuments and seats. Carbon fiber veneers will be laid on the cabinetry to enhance the contemporary style of the interior. The final designs are expected to be ready by the end of June 2016. The exterior of the aircraft will also be re-painted following a custom paint scheme using all metallic paints. The retrofit will be certified via an STC obtained by Flying Colours.

“We are really pleased to have signed up the first customer for the INAIRVATION offering. Having worked with the customer before on a number of other projects he trusts our engineering design experience, and knows we will effectively realize his cabin vision. We explored a number of options for him, but he chose the INAIRVATION concept knowing that combined with our interior capabilities it was the most cost, and time efficient solution for him. He really appreciates the value the INAIRVATION elements bring to the mix,” said Sean Gillespie, Executive VP Flying Colours.

INAIRVATION Co-CEO Philip von Schroeter adds, “When we started the JV, we had concerns that it could take us a while to really bring across the added value of the INAIRVATION offering to the market. Our excellent partnership with Flying Colours helped us to quickly develop the joint retrofit offering for the Bombardier Global family. The fact that only six months after announcement of our retrofit program we are well into our first project, with more in the pipeline, shows that we must have hit “a sweet spot” in the market. INAIRVATION and its shareholders Lufthansa Technik and F/LIST are very pleased with this outcome.”

Peterborough, ON | February 15, 2016– Flying Colours Corp., the North American MRO, completions, and refurbishment company has begun work on an extension of its cabinetry finishing shop at its Peterborough, ON. facilities in Canada. A further 6500 sq ft of space will be added to increase workflow capacity resulting from a rise in customer demand for refurbishment and completion projects. The extended facility provides enough room to house two new downdraft tables, which collect the fine dust particles produced during the finishing process; as well as a new down draft spray booth, which incorporates a bake cycle, supporting the complex and often lengthy process of varnishing wood veneers. The intelligent design of the workshop has also enabled the use of skylight, and daylight lighting, to inspect the cabinetry components passing through the shop.

The extra space doubles the size of the workshop footprint, as well as the capacity for processing cabinetry monuments. Each work project can now be completed in a shorter time span, so reducing the down time for aircraft owners and operators. The new extension will be completed by April 2016.

New reception rooms for visiting clients.

Flying Colours Corp. is also updating its customer offices to reflect the growth in business, and type of aircraft projects it is working on. The spacious new interiors will emulate the type of comfort experienced on board the aircraft Flying Colours Corp. completes. Featuring custom glass walls, custom-made hard wood floors, and leather furniture the final look will incorporate a contemporary, chic interior finish designed by Flying Colours’ own design team. In addition a dedicated VIP lounge for customers will incorporate custom brick and glass finish, with a full entertainment system including High Definition TV screens, and refreshment area. The new customer location will be ready to welcome new customers at the end of February 2016.

The expansion, which represents a significant investment, is being driven by an increase in the amount of new projects that Flying Colours Corp. has taken on in the last twelve months. “We are seeing more work coming from a number of Bombardier Global projects, as well as a rise in the amount of mid to large size refurbishments coming through the doors,” said Sean Gillespie Executive Vice President. “The increased demand for work on larger type aircraft and our Global ASF status means we need to match customer expectation in terms of their experience when visiting us. We know their standards are high and we want to meet, and exceed them, both in terms of our quality of work and how we take care of them on site,” adds Gillespie.

October 29, 2012– Flying Colours Corp., the completions, refurbishment and maintenance specialist, announced today that Bombardier* has appointed both its Peterborough, ON, Canada and JetCorp Technical Services, St Louis, Missouri, USA, locations as Authorized Service Facilities (ASF) for Learjet* and Challenger* business jets.

Flying Colours Corp. is renowned for its new Challenger 850* aircraft completions for which it works directly with Bombardier as an Authorized Completion Centre and it is anticipated the ASF status will serve to further strengthen the relationship between the two companies beyond completions only.

“We are very honoured and proud to have both facilities joining the Bombardier Authorized Service Facility network. Bombardier’s confidence in the quality of work that Flying Colours Corp provides further demonstrates our continued commitment to develop quality and reliability in all our maintenance endeavours,” stated John Gillespie, President and CEO Flying Colours Corp.

As part of the Bombardier ASF appointment the Flying Colours workforce, which currently stands at over 350 employees, will benefit from an enhanced on-going training schedule and will maintain a strict set of operating procedures led by the LEAN system which it already adheres to at each facility. Flying Colours Corp. is already equipped to handle a full range of aircraft services beyond just maintenance. Both facilities can support completions, interior refurbishment and modification, interior design, exterior paint, component services, and avionics installation programs on a complete range of aircraft and the ASF approval supports the quality of the work in this area.

“We are delighted to expand our relationship with Flying Colours and Jet Corp Technical Services as we continue to grow our business aircraft services offering globally,” said Éric Martel, President, Bombardier Customer Services and Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft. “The two facilities have built a culture of quality, safety and service excellence. They now join our worldwide network that features more than 60 facilities on five continents supporting operators of Bombardier business and commercial aircraft.”

The Flying Colours and JetCorp ASF authorizations cover Learjet 40*, Learjet 40 XR*, Learjet 45*, Learjet 45 XR, Learjet 60*, Learjet 60 XR, Challenger 300*, Challenger 604*, Challenger 605* and Challenger 850 business jets. Looking to the future Flying Colours Corp. is aiming to have both facilities authorized to serve the complete Bombardier business aircraft product line and has already begun an extensive internal investment program focused on upgrading facilities and tooling, along with implementing relevant training to ensure this is achievable.

Flying Colours is exhibiting at NBAA 2012 convention – Booth 912

Memo of Understanding will be signed with Hong Kong-based Metrojet

October 10, 2011 — Flying Colours Corp., a global aviation service company which specialises in interior completions and refurbishments on business aircraft is preparing to enter its first international partnership with the signing of a MoU with Hong Kong-based business aviation services provider Metrojet. The agreement will see Flying Colours Corp. strengthening its service offering to support its growing Asian customer base and enhance its overall position in the international completion & refurbishment business. The MOU will be signed at NBAA in Las Vegas on 10th October (Stand No N5500).

Under the new partnership, Flying Colours Corp. plans to open a base of operation in the region that will focus on interior refurbishment for a range of mid to large sized business aircraft types including the Global Express series, Challenger types, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, Hawker and Gulfstream models.

The structure and logistics of the partnership is still being finalized between the two companies and ratification is expected in mid 2012.

Metrojet is a leading business aviation service provider in Asia and Hong Kong’s only fully licensed business jet operator, providing the complete range of business aviation services, including: aircraft charter, comprehensive aircraft management, full aircraft maintenance capabilities, aircraft co-ownership programs and aircraft acquisition and sales. Metrojet operates the leading corporate aircraft maintenance service centre in Asia providing heavy/scheduled inspections, repair services and regional AOG support for all business aircraft around the clock.

“This is the first time that Flying Colours Corp has partnered with an international company so we are excited by the opportunity it offers. This partnership not only indicates Flying Colours Corp.’s strong business growth in the region, but also demonstrates our commitment to continuously improve support and services for all of our customers. Metrojet is a leading aviation services provider in Asia and this partnership will enhance our brand and our position in aircraft refurbishments and completions in the region,” said John Gillespie Chief Executive Officer of Flying Colours Corp.

“Metrojet is proud to embark on this venture and partner with Flying Colours Corp. with whom we already have a very strong relationship. It will enable us to better serve the Asian Market and to further enhance our service offering and product portfolio to our growing customer list. We look forward to a long term partnership with Flying Colours Corp.” said Björn Näf, Chief Executive Officer of Metrojet.