When expanding your business, it makes sense to look at your existing customer base and determine what you else you can can do for them to get repeat sales.
That's exactly what Canadian MRO Flying Colours Corp. has done. After a year of trying, and the heaps of paperwork and documentation that went along with it, Flying Colours Corp. has been certified by the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration to maintain, repair and modify Chinese-registered aircraft. Which means they can now perform follow-on services for their Chinese customers.
Despite the long wait for the approval to come through, it's a move that's bound to pay off. The VP of Maintenance for Flying Colours Corp., Glenn Williams says, "We have had an increased amount of inquires from our Chinese client base as many of the customers for whom we’ve already completed aircraft now want to bring their other aircraft to us for work. Most of these aircraft are B-Registered so the approval is very important for developing future business for Flying Colours.”
Since getting the China Civil Aviation Regulations 145 Maintenance Organization Certificate on January 10th, Flying Colours started work on a retrofit of a Challenger 604 at its Peterborough headquarters, slated for completion by the end of March. It's also set up a mobile maintenance operation in China.
The approval, according to a press release on their website, enables Flying Colours to conduct full airframe inspections, repairs and scheduled maintenance, along with specialized services including sheet metal work, composite repairs, paintwork, interior completions and modifications on Chinese registered aircraft The initial airframes approved for work include the complete family of Bombardier Global Express aircraft and Challenger 601, 604, 605, & 850 models. Flying Colours Corp. will continue to add to the model types listed as customer demand requires.
Snuggled in between Toronto, the capital of Ontario, and Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, the Peterborough Airport boasts a 7,000 ft. runway, designed to support narrow-body jets as large as the Airbus 320 or Boeing 737. It also has the Canadian Border Services Agency on site, and is a port of entry for general aviation clearance for up to 15 people.
Flying Colours Corp. has been in business since 1989. In 2009, it broke into the US market, buying Missouri-based JetCorp Technical Services. Flying Colours is both a Bombardier Authorized Service facility and Beechcraft Authorized Service Center. It now holds approvals from Transport Canada, FAA, EASA, Caymans, GACA which combined enables the business to offer on-going services to private aircraft on the relevant varying registries.