Flying Colours Corp. opens doors in Singapore.
Paul Dunford appointed as General Manager of new interior facility.

Monday 13th April 2015

  • Flying Colurs
  • Flying Colors fully operational at Bombardier Service Centre Seletar Singapore.

Ahead of this year's ABACE, where Flying Colours Corp. will be promoting the opening of its Singapore interiors facility on booth H320, the completion and refurbishment specialist has announced the appointment of Paul Dunford as General Manager of Flying Colours Corp. Asia PTE. Ltd., based at Singapore's Seletar Aerospace Park.

Canadian-born Dunford joins the company following a 25-year career within the aerospace industry and was selected for his extensive knowledge of Bombardier Challenger and Global completion programmes. Previously working for Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal, Dunford has relocated to Singapore where he is responsible for managing the progress of interiors completion projects, developing new business and building a robust, onsite interiors team for Flying Colours.  "We're delighted Paul agreed to join us," said Eric Gillespie, VP Flying Colours, about the appointment, "his customer facing experience and understanding of the complexity of interior completions makes him a perfect fit for the role. He will certainly add real value to our growing Asian business.

Housed in the Bombardier Aerospace Singapore Service Centre, the Flying Colours facility became fully operational in early 2015 and has already completed its first project since opening; woodwork refinishing on a Challenger 605 model. The team is currently working on two Global models refurbishing and refinishing the woodwork on both aircraft. The cabinetry, finishing and upholstery shops are also active on a variety of Bombardier projects.

"This is a very important geographical area for our company. There are limited facilities in the region capable of refurbishing Challenger, Global or Learjet aircraft to the required standard so this is a great opportunity," said Gillespie. "Operational costs to fly aircraft back to North American or Europe are high, and down time becomes lengthy, so by having a local base we are fulfilling a strong market demand and anticipate we will continue to grow in the region as a result."

One of Dunford's key responsibilities will be to meet Flying Colours long-term aim of employing a mainly local workforce. It has already recruited 12 team members: six local technicians, four Canadian technicians and two administration staff in addition to the General Manager role.  The plan is to hire another six to eight technicians in 2015, all of which will go through a specially developed three-month training schedule in Canada. Through on-the-job training and specific aircraft project-led work it is expected they will become proficient in all elements of the interior skills portfolio currently provided by Flying Colours."Paul will help us select the right candidates and then ensure their ongoing development supports the business requirements. Right now the skills needed to deliver the quality expected for Bombardier aircraft are rare, which is why we wanted to recruit someone who really understood the challenges and could rise to the opportunities presented. We have that in Paul," said Gillespie.

Flying Colours Corp. offers a full range of interiors services including preliminary interior inspections, interior removals and installation, interior repair work, interior modification work and interior refurbishment work at the Singapore-based Bombardier Service Centre facility. The full service interior offering complements Bombardier's comprehensive line and heavy maintenance services at the same facility.

About Flying Colours Corp:

Flying Colours is a global aviation service company which specialises in Green Completions, Interior Refurbishment, Maintenance, Component Services, Auxiliary Fuel Systems, Exterior Paint and Avionics Installation and Upgrades.  Flying Colours' US operation is an FAA-licensed Class III and IV Part 145 repair station based in St Louis, Missouri.  Flying Colours and its subsidiaries are proud of their worldwide customer base which has grown these past few years owing to its dedication to safety, quality and customer support.  Flying Colours specialises in all mid-large sized business aircraft including the Global Express series, Challenger, Dassault Falcon, Beechcraft/Hawker and Gulfstream models.   Flying Colours is an authorized service centre for both Bombardier and Beechcraft.

Flying Colours Corp Asia PTE. Ltd offers full service interior refurbishment capabilities on Learjet, Challenger, and Global business jets at Bombardier's wholly owned Singapore Service Centre located at Seletar Airport in Singapore.

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