Flying Colours Corp. showcases latest trends in Gulfstream G650 refurbishment with material covering divan.

Flying Colours Corp. completes refurbishment for Gulfstream G650

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Flying Colours Corp. showcases latest trends in Gulfstream G650 refurbishment with material covering divan.

Flying Colours Corp., has given a Gulfstream G650 interior a new contemporary make over that reflects trending cabin design concepts.

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 new customer-selected pearl-coloured leather, and the seat backs featured a contrasting textured material. Each seat incorporated a customised stitching pattern, while new seatbelt webbing completed the stylish seats.

Highlighting an increasing trend the divan was upgraded with a complementary pearl fabric, rather than leather. Also on trend was the recovering of the cabin’s lower sidewall panels and ledges in leather. The contemporary look was enriched with a new Ultraleather cabin curtain which was custom-manufactured and installed by Flying Colours Corp. The reupholstered front and aft lavatory seats enhanced the upgrade.

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 deliver a modern, chic look, balanced by dark veneer finishes on the bulkheads, galleys and side ledges.

“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. Repeat business is the highest accolade we can be paid, and the gorgeous new interior is as breathtaking as the exterior,” said Eric Gillespie, Executive VP, Flying Colours Corp.

A second G650 arrived at the Peterborough workshop in October to undergo refurbishment further highlighting the company’s growing work on the American OEM 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. This reduces downtime, and with the current business aviation landscape being so busy, this is an extremely important factor for owners and operators,” added Gillespie.

The Gulfstream G650 fuselage boasts a sparkling pearl/mica Diamond Mine basecoat surface combined with an intricate design incorporating curving stripes and complicated swirling patterns. To achieve the striking results a specialty basecoat-clearcoat polyurethane paint incorporating translucent pearl and mica granules that generate a crystal-sparkling effect was applied after the priming process. The multi-faceted process required technical expertise and intense attention to detail to achieve a fuselage that will be noticed on any ramp.

StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604.

StandardAero upgrade cockpit for Bombardier Challenger 604

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StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604.

StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604. The first installation aircraft departed StandardAero’s Springfield, Illinois maintenance facility on 24 September 2021.

The installation was supported by a Collins Aerospace Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and the Pro Line Fusion upgrade removes the existing cathode ray tube displays and replaces them with touchscreen capable liquid crystal displays. The modification allows for features such as LPV, synthetic vision, multi-scan radar, graphical weather and FANS-1/A, giving operators more functionality and situational awareness in the cockpit. The modification also addresses obsolescence issues inherent to the existing CRT displays.

The total work scope on this Challenger 604 aircraft also included the installation of a Collins Aerospace Venue Cabin Management System and a complete cabin interior refresh.

“The Fusion upgrade helps to keep this aircraft on the leading edge, well into the future, with enhanced capabilities and staying pace with the functionality of current production aircraft coming off the assembly line,” said Mike Creek, Avionics Sales Manager for StandardAero Business Aviation. “Operators are showing a lot of interest in these upgrades and we expect continued demand throughout this year and next.”

Dassault Aviation ExecuJet Kuala Lumpar Facility

Dassault Aviation consolidates MRO network

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Dassault Aviation ExecuJet Kuala Lumpar Facility

With new major development in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai and new line service bases in several additional European cities, Dassault Aviation is leveraging recently acquired MRO capabilities to reorganise and consolidate its worldwide support network and bring Falcon expertise around the world. The company can now offer major inspections at a range of new locations, dispatch GoTeams to more remote places, and share expertise across its global network. This ensures a single uniformly high level of factory service wherever Falcons fly.

Speaking during NBAA-BACE, Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier commented. “In 2019, we acquired TAG Maintenance Services (TMS), ExecuJet MRO Services and RUAG’s MRO operations in Switzerland to build up our factory service capacity and are now investing heavily in these premier service networks to foster sustained organic growth,” said Trappier. “Two examples of this strategy are our new ExecuJet MRO facilities in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai, which replace smaller pre-existing operations and are poised to become regional service hubs for our growing fleets in Asia and the Middle East. These strategic moves will elevate the quality and consistency of Falcon service around the globe.”

In recent months, ExecuJet MRO Services has completed six-year C checks for Falcon 2000 and Falcon 900 aircraft in Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Perth and Sydney, allowing operators in these areas to turn to maintenance resources nearby, instead of having to fly to Europe or North America for heavy maintenance and modifications.

The new maintenance facility in Kuala Lumpur measures 130,000 square feet and was designed to accommodate Dassault’s latest models – the long-range Falcon 6X and the ultra-long-range Falcon 10X with its 109-foot length and 28-foot height. ExecuJet MRO expects to transition operations there in the second half of 2023. The 163,000 square-foot Dubai facility opens in 2022.

Air Dolomiti, the Italian Airline of Lufthansa Group, has selected Geven's Essenza seat model for Dolomiti’s retrofit program on 15 Embraer aircraft.

Air Dolomiti renews fleet interior

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Air Dolomiti, the Italian Airline of Lufthansa Group, has selected Geven's Essenza seat model for Dolomiti’s retrofit program on 15 Embraer aircraft.

Air Dolomiti, the Italian Airline of Lufthansa Group, has selected Geven’s Essenza seat model for Dolomiti’s retrofit program on 15 Embraer aircraft.

The economy class seat will feature exclusive and dedicated trim and finish in accordance with the design scheme of Air Dolomiti.

Each seat features blue and turquoise eco leather dress covers, high literature pocket, a recline up to 3 inches and ergonomic seat cushion.

The Essenza RJ will be delivered in 15 ship-sets on Embraer 195 aircrafts, with installation starting December 2021 until March 2022. The first aircraft retrofitted is expected to return to service in January 2022.

“The new Essenza RJ, in addition to being more comfortable, are the result of innovative projects, have a design which will allow us to increase the number of seats of our aircraft while keeping unchanged passenger comfort and will give our cabin a more pleasant and relaxing atmosphere thanks to the colours, materials and above all the high quality which is an essential feature for Air Dolomiti. In addition, the lower weight of Essenza RJ will allow to reduce fuel consumption with a benefit on costs and environmental impact. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teams who have carried out this project with determination and excellent integration with Geven’s team despite the difficult times,” said Marzio Caneva, Vice President Technical Operations of Air Dolomiti.

The primary structure design maximises shin and knee clearance and optimises weight (10.4 kg for a fully dressed seat) and generous arm-to-arm width greater than 18.0 inches. It also incorporates two remarkable innovations in its main structure on the backrest and the bottom cushion.

The backrest is made of a single piece carbon fibre with both structural and aesthetical functions. Thanks to this special design, no additional fairing or plastic shrouds are necessary and only the foam and the cover are added, resulting in a lower number of parts to be managed and reduced weight to be carried. The same philosophy has inspired the bottom cushion that is installed directly on the seat beams via velcro and performs both structural and comfort functions allowing easy inspection and maintenance activities.

Finnair has recycled 99.2% of an A319 on home soil.

Finnair recycles 99.2% of old Airbus A319 aircraft

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Finnair has recycled 99.2% of an A319 on home soil.

Finnair and recycling partner Kuusakoski have dismantled and recycled 99.2% from an old Airbus A319. The original aim was to reuse, recycle and recover about 90-95% of the aircraft.

The 40-tonne 21-year-old aircraft becomes the very first it has recycled on home ground in Helsinki, and the first ever commercial passenger aircraft to be recycled in Finland itself.

Over 15 tons of aluminium was recycled and will now be used, for example, in automatic models of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, with the automotive industry being one of the biggest users of recycled aluminium.

Timo Rossi, Finnair Maintenance Project Manager, said: “The part-out took place in three phases: First, Finnair removed almost 2000 parts which will support our active fleet or to be sold.

“Secondly, the aircraft was taken outside where Kuusakoski cut off the wings as well as a piece of the tail. In the third and final phase, the aircraft was transported to Kuusakoski premises for the final dismantling.

“As well as using many parts in our active fleet, we are storing the parts in our own stock, so that we have more flexibility to support the rest of our fleet going forward.”

Dismantling the retired A319, which had flown a massive 54,710 hours across 32,966 flights, was a major achievement for the airline.

38.5% of the aircraft will be reused by Finnair, making the project profitable for the airline for the aircraft parts alone.

In addition, 7.4% of the aircraft was recovered as energy, Kuusakoski manufactures solid recovered fuel (SRF) of energy-containing waste that is unsuitable for recycling.

The Nordic carrier plans to review the success of its recent recycling venture on home soil – before making plans to recycle further aircraft in Finland in the future.

Air France has become the launch customer for Safran Cabins' ECOS shelf bins.

Safran ECOS shelf bins debuts on Air France

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Air France has become the launch customer for Safran Cabins' ECOS shelf bins.

The first Air France A320 retrofitted with Safran Cabin ECOS shelf bins has returned to service.

Installed by Air France Industries in July 2021, the ECOS (Efficient Cabin Open Space) shelf bins offer up to 60% more storage capacity.

The new luggage compartments are equipped with easy to reach doors that do not encroach into the cabin aisle and provide a lower shelf height for ease of loading and visibility.

According to Safran, ECOS shelf bins provide an easier and smoother boarding experience, greatly reducing the time spent searching for luggage space or the need to put certain bags in the cargo hold. Aircraft turnaround times are also reduced its claimed.

The modification also included the installation of Movable Class Dividers supplied by Safran Cabin.

In total, Air France will equip 24 Air France Airbus A320s.

Australasia's largest MRO provider - Heston MRO

Heston MRO extends into Europe

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Australasia's largest MRO provider - Heston MRO

Heston MRO, one of the largest independent MRO organisations in Australasia, has expanded into Europe with the establishment of subsidiary, Heston MRO Europe.

Based in Lithuania, Heston MRO Europe, plans to operate local European warehouses and have AOG support and logistics teams located next to its European customers and suppliers.

‘Heston MRO realises that the pace of aviation recovery varies significantly between different regions’, commented Asta Zirlyte, CEO of Heston MRO. ‘It has always been in our plans to expand geographically beyond our home region in Australasia, following the actual needs of airline customers and asset owners. Faster post-Covid recovery in the Northern Hemisphere repositioned our strategic goals and accelerated that decision. We have established our presence in Europe to capture the local MRO opportunities driven by the recovering travel.’

‘Based in the European Union- Lithuania, Heston MRO Europe will aim to service operators and asset owners in EMEA and CIS markets’, said Kestutis Volungevicius, CEO of Heston MRO Europe. ‘Having started with Components and Asset Management solutions, we aim for organic customer driven expansion into other adjacent MRO offerings like engineering services, engines solutions, and other technical support services’.

Heston MRO Europe has tailored its Components and Asset Management solutions for narrow body aircraft, covering B737 and A320 families through spare parts support, AOG coverage, asset part-outs and trading. The company is seeding its European stock with own part-out projects and partnerships with asset owners.

Collins Venue CMS

Flying Colours Corp. installs blended Venue and Alto switches

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Collins Venue CMS

Flying Colours Corp., has completed a 240-month heavy inspection for a Bombardier Global aircraft, that has included the installation of a Collins Venue Cabin Management System, blended with Alto Aviation switches. The controls are specifically designed to fit into previous switch panel location holes resulting in a solution that maximises client budget and reduces installation time significantly.

To support the existing Ka-band connectivity upgraded routers were repositioned to support cabin and flight deck connectivity. To optimise rest, relaxation, and productivity the AIMSKYLAB sound proofing system was integrated, considerably reducing noise in the cabin. Externally the aircraft fuselage was stripped and repainted to deliver an as new look to the airframe.

“Our experience installing the blended Venue and Alto Switch offering and our capacity to fulfill maintenance, interior, paint and avionics tasks makes Flying Colours Corp. an attractive choice for aircraft owners. Undertaking all the work at a single venue reduces down time 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,” explains Eric Gillespie, Executive VP, Flying Colours Corp. “We have a consistent pipeline of Global heavy checks coming through the facility and our experience just keeps strengthening. 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 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. The cabin was also laid bare, with panels, carpets, insulating surfaces floorboards, monuments, fairings, and side ledges removed for assessments and overhauls.

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Satair and FACC have signed their first multi-year agreement covering the global exclusive distribution of Airspace XL bins (overhead stowage compartments), the entrance area, ceiling panels and all related spares for the entire A320 aircraft family.

Satair and FACC sign first global exclusive distribution agreement

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Satair and FACC have signed their first multi-year agreement covering the global exclusive distribution of Airspace XL bins (overhead stowage compartments), the entrance area, ceiling panels and all related spares for the entire A320 aircraft family.

Satair and FACC have signed their first multi-year agreement covering the global exclusive distribution of Airspace XL bins (overhead stowage compartments), the entrance area, ceiling panels and all related spares for the entire A320 aircraft family.

As part of the new agreement, Satair will perform Supplier Support Conditions on FACC’s behalf related to covering the spares related activities.

Matt Jessee, Head of OEM Business Development, Satair, said: “We are pleased to bring the many benefits of low weight and high reliability through FACC’s products to our airline customers worldwide to help give their passengers the luxury of roomier overhead bins and ambient ceiling panels.”

Besides furnishing ceiling panels that illuminate the cabin with ambient LED light, the overhead stowage compartments covered by the agreement provide 40% more space. Specifically, the Airspace XL bins, the largest overhead stowage compartments in the short and medium-haul class, can hold up to 60% more luggage – eight pieces of hand luggage instead of the previous five, measuring 61 x 40.6 x 25.4 cm.

Andreas Furthmayr, Vice President Cabin Interiors Program, FACC, added: “By using innovative fibre composite materials and new manufacturing technologies, we are able to create products for the aircraft cabin that contribute to consistent weight optimisation. We are excited to work with Satair on bringing our innovative solutions to airlines across the world.”

Yossi Melamed, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Israel Aerospace Industries Aviation Group left), Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group (right).

Etihad Engineering and IAI partner on P2F conversions

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Yossi Melamed, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Israel Aerospace Industries Aviation Group left), Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group (right).

Etihad Engineering has signed a strategic partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), to provide Passenger to Freighter (P2F) conversions on Boeing 777-300ERs.

In 2019, IAI and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) announced the launch of the Boeing 777-300ERSF, a programme which established a P2F conversion dubbed ‘The Big Twin’ denoting its status as the largest ever twin-engine freighter.

In the initial stage of the partnership, Etihad Engineering will facilitate towards two conversion lines accommodating multiple aircraft conversions per year.

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “The Boeing 777-300ERSF is not only extremely attractive to customers but a technological breakthrough, given that it’s the first in its size category to offer extensive cargo solutions. Not only do we see the demand, but we view it as a greener, more profitable, highly innovative solution for our airline customers, and an excellent way to drive value for our business.”

Yossi Melamed, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Israel Aerospace Industries Aviation Group, said, “IAI’s Aviation Group, the world’s leading cargo conversion provider, has begun the structural modification of Boeing 777-300ERSF in cooperation with GECAS to provide a leading professional solution to the air cargo industry. Over many years, Etihad Engineering has received the highest professional regard from IAI’s Aviation Group. The Abraham Accords have enabled us to meet the company’s managers first-hand, to see their ability and dedication, in addition to witnessing the company’s great capabilities in the field of jet maintenance. The agreement we signed adds a significant tier to the relations between Israel and the Gulf States. I have no doubt following this agreement, additional agreements with companies in the region will arrive, and they will economically benefit the sides involved. I eagerly await the moment when B77-300ERSF jets converted jointly by IAI and Etihad Engineering will take to the skies and serves clients all over the world.”

Image: Yossi Melamed, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Israel Aerospace Industries Aviation Group left), Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group (right).