Flying Colours Corp. Launching Series Of Recruitment Events

Flying Colours Corp. is launching a series of recruitment events to attract new and existing talent to the expanding North American maintenance, repair, overhaul and completions company. They take place Friday, March 22nd and Saturday, March 23rd at its Peterborough headquarters. 

A combination of existing and new roles will be highlighted during the two-day showcase. Flying Colours Corp. is hoping to fill in excess of 50 openings in its paint, avionics, maintenance, interiors, cabin installation and upholstery departments by mid-summer. They are using the recruitment event as a platform to showcase the types of roles on offer, the dynamic work environment and the career opportunities the business presents.

Flying Colours Peterborough location is looking to welcome some 50 new recruits this summer. (Photo courtesy Flying Colours Corp.)

Flying Colours Peterborough location is looking to welcome some 50 new recruits this summer. (Photo courtesy Flying Colours Corp.)

Many of the new roles are being created to support the addition of a new paint and maintenance hangar, which when completed will add a further 100,000 squared feet to the Peterborough facility.

Existing employees will be on hand to explain their roles, management will respond to specific company questions and the HR team will be accepting resumes and organizing interviews. Flying Colours specializes in the custom completion and maintenance of mid to large size business jets. Every project is unique and requires the talents and skilled labour of a variety of technicians and artisans to perform detailed, hand-crafted work.  

“We’re looking for additional people to join our work family as we continue to expand,” says Sean Gillespie, Executive VP Flying Colours Corp. “We’re interested in everyone from recent grads who want the opportunity to work towards their license to seasoned professionals, skilled craftspeople and aircraft technicians. Many people in other industries might not realize that their skills are transferable, which is why we’re holding this event.”

Photo courtesy Flying Colours Corp.

Photo courtesy Flying Colours Corp.

Participants will be able to view a business aircraft and learn about how working at Flying Colours provides the opportunity to earn a good wage, excellent benefits and enjoy career progression while performing interesting and varied work.

The event hours are Friday, March 22nd from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 23rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To preschedule an interview, resumes can be sent in advance to HR@flyingcolourscorp.com with “FCCN Careers" in the subject line. 

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Peterborough's Flying Colours Corp. Is Celebrating 30th Anniversary

Flying Colours Corp.—the North American maintenance, repair, overhaul and completions business—is celebrating 30 years of successful MRO and interiors operations.

Launched as an aircraft painting business by current President, John Gillespie, the start-up developed into an aircraft sales business before evolving into a fully-fledged MRO and interiors business in 1989.

John Gillespie, Founder and President of Flying Colours Corp.

John Gillespie, Founder and President of Flying Colours Corp.

The privately owned, family run company has grown from a small hangar dedicated to painting turbo-props and small jets at Peterborough Airport to an international company known for:

-> its strong maintenance capabilities
-> creative cabin-interior design resulting in functional, yet stylish completions
-> refurbishments including Flying Colours branded CRJ ExecLiner
-> avionics expertise
-> ability to handle complex special mission projects

Flying Colours is now the largest airport tenant and is currently expanding its headquarter’s footprint with the addition of a fourth hangar measuring more than 100,000 squared feet.

A rendering of the new hangar due to open in mid-2019

A rendering of the new hangar due to open in mid-2019

“It’s a well-known fact that the business aviation sector is a competitive and challenging industry to succeed in, and we are extremely proud to be marking our 30th anniversary,” says John Gillespie, Founder and President.

Photo courtesy Flying Colours Corp.

Photo courtesy Flying Colours Corp.

“In some ways, it feels like we are just getting started as we still have a lot of exciting plans to implement over the next decades,” adds Gillespie.

“It goes without saying we would not have got to where we are without the support of our elite set of customers, our reliable long-term partners, and most importantly our highly motivated and skilled technical teams.”

Photo courtesy Flying Colours Corp.

Photo courtesy Flying Colours Corp.

Flying Colours is marking its 30th year with internal and external events with customers, partners and its growing in-house team to demonstrate its gratitude to those that have worked and supported the business through the years. 

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Flying Colours Corp. Breaks Ground For New 100,000 Square Foot Hangar At Peterborough Airport

Global Aviation Services company Flying Colours Corp has broken ground as work starts on building its largest hangar to date at Peterborough Aiport. Industrial construction company Vicano Construction Ltd braved the cool weather to formally begin the fourth phase of expansion plans at the Peterborough, Canada-headquartered company this month. 

On completion in mid-2019, the new building will house a climate controlled, dedicated paint-shop, a spacious hangar large enough to hold up to A220-size aircraft, as well as offices, customer meeting rooms, interiors workshops and a board room. The investment of approximately $25 million will add a further 100,000 square feet to the Peterborough footprint.  

A rendering of the new hangar due to open in mid-2019

A rendering of the new hangar due to open in mid-2019

More than 100 team members are currently being recruited to bolster the increased demand as the search for maintenance, interiors and paint expertise leads the recruitment drive.

“Our business has grown significantly over the last twelve months and we were running out of space to accommodate all our clients’ requests,” says John Gillespie about the expansion. “Once the building is complete, we will be using it to provide additional capacity for completions, refurbishment and heavy maintenance work scopes on large jet airframes.”

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Flying Colours Corp. To Open Brand New 100,000 Square Foot Hangar In Peterborough By Mid-2019

As part of its global expansion, global aviation company Flying Colours has announced that plans are currently being finalized for the groundbreaking of a brand-new hangar by the end of fall 2018 at the Peterborough, Ontario 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. 

Here are renderings of what the hangar will look like when it opens mid-2019…

Renderings courtesy Flying Colours

Renderings courtesy Flying Colours

THE HANGAR WILL BE DIVIDED INTO 3 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. (It will be large enough to accommodate business jets up to Global 7500, Boeing Business Jet or Airbus A220 size airframes.)

-> 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.

Photo of existing Flying Colours hangar courtesy Flying Colours

Photo of existing Flying Colours hangar courtesy Flying Colours

The total office space will cover more than 20,000 square feet, bringing the hangar footprint at Peterborough Airport to more than 100,000 square feet in total when it opens in mid-2019.

“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,” says Sean Gillespie, Executive VP, Flying Colours Corp.

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Peterborough-Based Flying Colours Corp. Just Delivered Its 100th Bombardier Challenger Retrofit

Flying Colours Corp.’s Peterborough facility has re-delivered its 100th major retrofit of a Bombardier Challenger model. The Bombardier Challenger 604, delivered in the first week of October, underwent a major overhaul of the cabin, avionics, connectivity and fuselage.

The Peterborough design team worked with the new owner and current operator to create a stylish interior featuring a black and gold palette. In response to the request for a contemporary cabin including seats with improved comfort, the design team adapted Challenger 650-style seat frames, purchased from Rockwell Collins - Interior Systems, to feature molded armrests that arch perfectly to fit the curves of the arm.

Flying Colours has completed 100 Challenger retrofits, with the latest inspired by a gold and black palette and incorporating modified Challenger 650-style seats.

Flying Colours has completed 100 Challenger retrofits, with the latest inspired by a gold and black palette and incorporating modified Challenger 650-style seats.

The six reclining individual seats and complementary three place divan were finished using a soft but durable black leather with a perforated insert, medium-beige colored leather accent panels, and a single contrasting seam stitch trim in order to bring a modern, yet sumptuously comfortable feel to the cabin.

The light trims, buckles and control panels feature a matt gold to contrast with the leather. The customized monuments—including side ledges, panels and doors—are finished with a gloss anigre veneer with each fold out table incorporating a matt-gold inlay accent. 

The private owner also took the opportunity to update cabin-connectivity with the Gogo AVANCE L3™ air-to-ground connectivity system installed to provide WiFi access for voice, email, web browsing, moving maps, and a selection of movies and TV programs across the North American region.

Bombardier Challenger 604

Bombardier Challenger 604

Passengers will also enjoy inflight entertainment courtesy of the Rockwell Collins Venue™ system. The high-clarity touchscreen displays and intuitive controls optimize management of the cabin environment. Both crew and passengers can control lighting, temperature and entertainment choices, as well as view Airshow® moving maps, from their own personal digital devices.

The dedicated Peterborough paint shop revitalized the fuselage with a paint job reflecting the interior colors. A partial gold stripe sweeps from the tail to midway along the fuselage and sits above a full black stripe that sweeps in an arc to the front of the aircraft. 

“The owner was upgrading aircraft size and recognized the value in buying a pre-owned jet and customizing it to his style and needs,” says Sean Gillespie, Executive VP Flying Colours Corp. “We’re pleased that our hundredth Challenger project was such an interesting one, it’s a significant achievement for our team.”

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Here's Great Footage Of The Snowbirds Flying Over Peterborough

You may have heard the RCAF Snowbirds fly over Peterborough on Tuesday (September 6th). They were treating Seneca College School of Aviation students to a "fly by" on their way back to CFB Trenton from the CNE air show.

Here is great footage of them taken from St. Peter's Cemetery on High Street in this video below from Michael Brioux, who tells PTBOCanada it was taken from his iPhone...

This YouTube video was also captured at Peterborough airport of the Snowbirds flying overhead...

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