Special missions interior specialist Flying Colours has just completed what it says are the industry’s first trio of medevac interiors for Bombardier Challenger 650 aircraft. The three aircraft, which were completed over a year-long period at Flying Colours’ headquarters in Peterborough, Ontario in Canada, have all been delivered to Swiss Air-Rescue Rega in Switzerland for emergency medical operations.
The new aircraft were under contract from Bombardier Specialized Aircraft, which worked in conjunction with Flying Colours and medical equipment specialist Aerolite to complete the custom interiors. Aerolite supplied the intensive care unit (ICU) and interior re-configuration adaption plates for the aircraft. Flying Colours painted the exterior and designed, manufactured and installed most of the non-medical monuments, furnishings and interior components. These included a gray and white interior accented with red handles and fixings, which Flying Colours says was designed to be calming for patients and passengers. The companies gave special consideration to soundproofing, which was strengthened to reduce noise levels.
“The intelligently designed interiors ensure crew and clinicians can effectively operate no matter how challenging the environment,” says Sean Gillespie, executive VP of Flying Colours. “Patients and passengers benefit from an extremely comfortable medical environment, which we recognize in some cases will be life-saving.”
Other interior features include a lavatory with an easy-access layout and an aft section with a duo of galleys that incorporate Enflite ovens, coffee makers and customized double-wide refrigerators that provide additional space for medical supply storage. The Challenger 650’s widest-in-class cabin can accommodate additional medical equipment as needed, according to Flying Colours.
The cabin design provides a multi-purpose clinical environment, functioning as a fully operative ICU for medical staff and up to two patients when in full operation. Flying Colours says the interior can also be easily configured to support transport of up to four patients.
According to Gillespie, Flying Colours’ special missions team continues to expand with new projects and knowledge. Earlier this year, the company began a project for Conair Group to modify six Bombardier Q400MR aircraft with an assortment of rapid change-out special mission interiors, including medevac format. Flying Colours is not providing information about progress on the aircraft.
The company is also growing its headquarters in Ontario. Flying Colours recently broke ground on its largest hangar to date, which will house workshops, office space and a climate controlled, dedicated paint shop. The 100,000 sq. ft. hangar, which will be able to hold up to Airbus A220-sized aircraft, is expected to be complete in mid-2019.