Flying Colours Corp completes first Pro Line 21 Advanced installation


Updated Bombardier Challenger 605 flight deck with Pro Line 21 Advanced displays. Photo taken by John Thomas for Rockwell Collins, and new advanced display dropped into deck by Rockwell Collins.

Flying Colours Corp has installed its first Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Advanced avionics suite in the flight deck of a Bombardier Challenger 300.

The upgrade was carried out in conjunction with a scheduled heavy maintenance check at the Flying Colours centre at St Louis. The aircraft’s ADS-B Out was also integrated, to meet the mandatory requirements coming into effect in January 2020.

The MRO says the aircraft was returned to its private owner “on time and on budget”.

“Our avionics team has completed many upgrades to existing systems, as well as installations of completely new systems,” said Kevin Kliethermes, Flying Colours director of sales. “In fact, we have upgraded avionics on more than 20 different aircraft in the last year, but this was the first time working with the Pro Line 21 Advanced package. Working with new products like this further strengthens our experience and knowledge, as we continue to broaden our avionics capabilities.”

Flying Colours is in “advanced” discussions with several operators to complete this modification for them.

“Our avionics business has dramatically increased in the last 18 months,” said Kliethermes. “With the NextGen mandates and the ever-increasing variety of flight deck options, we anticipate that this sector of our business will continue to expand.”