EASA grants Flying Colours STC for shuttle conversations
July 16, 2013, Peterborough, Ont. - Flying Colours Corp. has been granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its new CRJ ExecLiner Corporate Shuttle program.
The STC, which was confirmed in June, covers the interior modifications for the CRJ ExecLiner Shuttle format developed internally by Flying Colours Corp. This latest interior is designed to accommodate 16 passengers in a spacious business class environment. Some available interior options include coloured LED mood lighting, high speed data & wifi solutions, IFE installations, and updated galley and lavatory designs.
This latest EASA STC complements the STC awarded by Transport Canada for this specific shuttle conversion in 2012 and the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) will confirm its STC approval in the near future.
Flying Colours Corp is already working on nine Corporate Shuttle ExecLiners for three undisclosed international clients. Until now Flying Colours Corp. has focused solely on business jet completion and refurbishment but is receiving increased interest in its Corporate Shuttle offering from long standing owners and international operators. “The Corporate Shuttle ExecLiner is becoming increasingly attractive for the market owing to its cost-effective proposition. Pre-owned CRJ aircraft are very competitively priced, operating costs are comparable with other regional aircraft, the high quality interiors means that refurbishment costs are not excessive and the CRJ type is adaptable for a range of specific mission profiles for regional operators,” said Sean Gillespie, VP Flying Colours Corp.
In addition to the conversion work Flying Colours Corp. can provide clients with a full scope of purchase support from airframe acquisition through to pre-purchase inspections and sub-sequential delivery organisation. Once at the facility Flying Colours Corp. covers all aspects of the refurbishment from paint work and maintenance to interior design, avionics and communications implementation under one roof. “The capacity to provide the full service in one location is very attractive to potential clients as it can reduce project management time in addition to simplifying the communications and administration involved. We are being contacted by those in the American, Russian, Asian and European markets who understand the value the Corporate Shuttle ExecLiner offers and working with just one completion centre,” continues Gillespie.
This latest CRJ conversion programme further strengthens Flying Colours Corp.’s CRJ offering as the business now offers both VIP and Corporate Shuttle options that when finished match new OEM quality completions. In addition the new STC provides a wider variety of options for potential European owners and operators seeking alternatives to buying new aircraft.