flying colours corp. moves into fifth st. louis hangar as customer demand grows
January 23, 2019
Flying Colours Corp., the North American maintenance, repair, overhaul and completions business has taken up residence in its fifth hangar at the Spirit of St. Louis airport. The existing building, which is ideally located adjacent to the KSUS runway, adds a much-needed 30, 000 square feet to the St. Louis footprint, and complements the expanded cabinetry and interiors workshop opened at the facility in January 2018.
Since taking over the hangar lease in December 2018 the local team has been outfitting the building, installing new state-of-the-art tooling and supplementary maintenance equipment as well as revamping the office décor. The completed facility accommodates up to three parallel large-jet maintenance, avionics upgrades and interior projects at once. It is initially expecting to support heavy maintenance work and two Bombardier Global aircraft are already in-situ for 120-month heavy maintenance checks.
A recruitment drive is ramping up to source more than 50 extra maintenance engineers, technicians and administrative support personnel, bringing the St. Louis workforce to more than 200 in total.
The addition of the
fifth hangar runs in parallel with the construction at Flying Colours’
Peterborough, Ontario headquarters of a fourth hangar which will be large
enough to manage completions, refurbishment, maintenance and paint work in a
new dedicated paint shop for Bombardier and Gulfstream large jet types, as well
as executive airliners.
“Our business continues to grow as we build our
reputation for maintenance, refurbishments and completion projects on time and
on budget. Our customers also value the fact we can run interiors and
maintenance simultaneously, so reducing down time. We were turning work away in
St. Louis so it’s great to have the hangar ready and open for operations,” says
Sean Gillespie, Executive VP Flying Colours Corp. The addition of the St. Louis
hangar, and the building of new workshops in Peterborough, represent Flying
Colours ongoing expansion plans driven by growth in customer demand.