in Aerospace

Flying Colours first to outfit Bombardier Challenger 650 in medevac format

Posted 29 May 2018 · Add Comment

Flying Colours Corp. have completed the industryís first Bombardier Challenger 650 medevac interior.



Number one in a trio, the medevac interior was completed on time and on budget, under contract from Bombardier Specialized Aircraft and is already in operation with Switzerland-based air ambulance operator, Swiss Air-Rescue Rega.

The achievement was marked with a handover ceremony at its Peterborough facility in mid-April.
 
To complete the first-of-a-kind interior the Flying Colours design engineers worked in conjunction with Bombardier and AeroLite, the medical equipment specialists, which supplied the intensive care unit (ICU) and interior re-configuration adaption plates. The multi-purpose, state-of-the-art medevac cabin focuses on ensuring operational flexibility.


 
The cabin operates as a fully functional ICU for up to two patients with attending critical care experts or can be easily configured to transport up to four patient units with an accompanying medical team. For very specific needs the cabin design provides ample space to accommodate additional medical equipment. The layout ensures easy egress and access for the patients and medical teams. To improve the patient, passenger, and attending clinician experience, focus was also placed on the soundproofing, which has been strengthened to reduce noise levels in the cabin.
 
A further four to six seats, depending on configuration, can be included for accompanying family, friends or colleagues. In the aft section a duo of galleys incorporates Enflite ovens, coffee makers and customized double-width fridges that provide extra space to store medical supplies. A lavatory is located next to the baggage area. The flight deck crew benefits from the latest in avionics to maximise operational capability, as well as two bunk rest areas at the front of the cabin.
 
The majority of non-medical monuments, furnishings and interior components were designed and manufactured by Flying Colours. On completion Flying Colours secured the STC from Transport Canada Civil Aviation and the European Aviation Safety Agency.
 
Externally a striking paint job features a red tail fin with a white cross, as well as a striking red design spanning the front portion of the fuselage. The artwork was inspired by the Swiss national flag and the design of Rega's logo. The paint work was also completed at Flying Colours’ Peterborough headquarters in the dedicated paint shop.
 
“We welcome the challenge of designing and installing all our customised interiors whether it is for a VIP configuration or a special mission. However, knowing that this particular interior was the first one on a Challenger 650 aircraft, and will literally be responsible for life saving missions, gives all of our team great satisfaction,” said Sean Gillespie, Executive VP Flying Colours. “We know the customer is very happy with the outcome and we look forward to delivering two more aircraft of equal quality and standards.” The second and third Challenger 650 medevac aircraft are scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.
 
This is yet another industry first for Flying Colours this year as it follows hard on the heels of news it will be developing four different rapid change-out interiors for six multi-purpose Bombardier Q400MR aircraft. “Our special missions team continues to expand. As we complete each aircraft, so our knowledge increases exponentially. It is an area we will continue to focus on, along with our VIP completions and refurbishments,” concluded Gillespie.

 




 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

LOCKEN to secure Renvico wind farms

LOCKEN has been selected by Renvico to secure its windfarms with electronic keys which combine innovative electronics with a mechanical component.

A330neo embarks on function & reliability tests

The A330neo, Airbusí newest widebody aircraft, has embarked on a worldwide tour to demonstrate its readiness for airline operations.

CILT concerned for UK's post-Brexit freight operations

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is encouraging operators, customers and the Government to take steps now to ensure the profession is prepared for the effects of - and harnesses the opportunities of - leaving

European Eurofighters celebrate Finnish Air Force's 100th anniversary

Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from across Europe were on display as part of a major celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the Finnish Air Force.

Gatwick reports busiest-ever May

Last month saw London Gatwick experience the busiest May in its history, as 4.1 million passengers travelled through the airport.

Simoco opens dedicated Heathrow NOC

Derby-headquartered Simoco Wireless Solutions has opened a Network Operations Centre (NOC) at Heathrow, which includes a 24/7 monitoring, troubleshooting and maintenance service for radio networks.

ODU SK191217191218
See us at
SMIFAVSBT151118AdvancedEngin BT1406011118FIL18 BT111017220718SMI GMSCBT3005081118DVD18BT3105200918