Flying Colours Corp., the North American MRO, completions, and refurbishment company has successfully secured a Supplemental Type Certificate for ADS-B OUT for Bombardier Challenger 300 airframes, from the US-based FAA. The first Bombardier Challenger 300 was out fitted with the soon-to-be mandatory tracking system in November 2015, at its St. Louis facility. The STC will be submitted for validation by both Transport Canada and Europe’s EASA this year.
The STC follows on from Flying Colours Corp. achieving an STC for Bombardier Challenger 604/605 aircraft types in October 2015, and expands the range of services it can offer to aircraft owners and operators. The awarding of the STC follows significant training and technology investment from Flying Colours Corp. over the last twelve months.
The awarding of the STC follows a significant investment from Flying Colours Corp. which has worked for a year to generate the necessary skills and technology requirements. With the newly approved STC in place the Flying Colours Corp. sales team will maximize the opportunity presented by this year’s NBAA to share details of installation, relate pricing, explain downtime expectations and answer other queries for show delegates.
Flying Colours Corp. is already receiving significant interest in the service following its promotion and activity at 2015’s NBAA where Bombardier Business Aircraft also named the St. Louis facility as winner of its annual Authorized Service Facility Excellence Award in the North American category.
Sean Gillespie, VP Flying Colours Corp. states, “Following the addition of the Global family to our Bombardier ASF status which has just been renewed for five years, and the winning of the Excellence award, it’s a real bonus to also achieve this STC. We’ve invested in the technology to achieve the ADS-B OUT for the Challenger family first and now we are now exploring the options for other OEMs.” The new Challenger 300 STC will be available for installation at all Flying Colours Corp. facilities.
Automatic Dependent Surveillance - OUT (ADS-B OUT) enables aircraft to report highly accurate position and status information to air traffic control, replacing the need for traditional radar. With EASA mandating that by 7 December 2017, all aircraft with a maximum certified take off weight exceeding 5,700kg, or having a maximum cruise airspeed capability greater than 250 kts, must be ADS-B OUT (DO-260B) compliant Flying Colours Corp. anticipates that its growing collection of STCs will attract new customers, as well as continuing to support its existing client base.