March 28 2023
The traditional view of capability design being a long, drawn out and expensive process has been changed with a move towards capability ‘sprints’ and the acceptance of learning and failing fast in order to develop.
Our Mission System design and modification team have developed a rapid prototype and test methodology that allows for:
Rapid capability testing requires a different, more creative approach. For example a Cessna 172 can be a perfect platform for exploring the capabilities of a new drone senor. A Formula One team’s understanding of the properties of carbon fibre can lead to lower thermal signatures. LiDAR and digital prototyping can deliver millimetre perfect demonstrations of ergonomic consoles. A PA-28 can trial a major avionics upgrade for a battlefield helicopter.
All of these techniques were used to make a difference, at a substantially lower cost than traditional development techniques.
Our approvals cover design, testing, production and installation on civil and military types. This allows us to operate in both worlds and not be myopic when considering the development path of moving from test to full installation. As an organisation we hold the following approvals:
We work frequently with the following national and international authorities:
Modifications and repairs typically require mechanical design. The team are experienced in all aspects from technical survey, initial hand calculations, through detail design development to creation of production drawings and computer aided manufacturing data.
Examples of projects and additional services covered by our Mechanical Team include:
Modifications and repairs with electrical aspects will involve numerous assessments, such as power distribution, electrical load analysis and electromagnetic compatibility.
Typical projects undertaken by our Electrical Team include:
Avionics, (derived from the term “aviation electronics”) makes up a large percentage of our work.
Our Design Team have a wealth of knowledge and experience in all areas of avionic design and integration, from simple instrument replacements to a full glass cockpit upgrade.
Typical projects undertaken by our Mission System Avionics Team include:
A large percentage of the Mission System’s teams Design & Production projects are Mission Systems focused, our approvals allow us to produce modifications for both military and civilian registered aircraft.
The team excel in providing special mission design solutions for Surveillance, Law Enforcement and Government operators.
Typical projects undertaken by our Missions Systems Team include:
Our Mission System team possess the ability to carry out Flight Testing under our own approval, commonly referred to as Flight Test Operations Manual (FTOM) approval.
Flight Testing is often required when an aircraft has undergone significant modification which could have an affect on the flight characteristics of the aircraft, such as installation of an external store.
Prior to the approval of the modification the aircraft may have to be flown under Approved Flight Test Conditions (AFC) to gather compliance data needed to approve the modification.
We possess the in-house capability to perform the following:
The Airbus H145 helicopter is our aircraft of choice for HEMS operations. Find out more here.Read more
We offer operational & maintenance expertise across the Beechcraft King Air 200 series of aircraft.Read more
We offer availability and expertise across the BAE Hawker series of aircraft, including charter services, maintenance approval and capabilities and we have extensive management experience, having owned and operated BAE Hawker aircraft ourselves and for our clients.Read more
The Britten Norman Islander BN-2T is used within both a civilian and Special Mission context being able to accommodate various interior fitments from executive to up to three stretchers for Air Ambulance operations.Read more
We offer availability and expertise across the Bombardier Challenger series of aircraft, including charter services, maintenance approval and capabilities and we have extensive management experience, having owned and operated Bombardier Challenger aircraft ourselves and for our clients.Read more
We offer availability and expertise across the Bombardier Global series of aircraft, including charter services, maintenance approval and capabilities and we have extensive management experience, having owned and operated Global aircraft ourselves and for our clients.Read more
Our Bournemouth International Airport facility, a hangar and office facility of over 135,000 sq ft provides an extraordinary space which we aim to turn into one of Europe’s flagship business aviation facilities.Read more
25 Templer Avenue, Farnborough is home to our Group headquarters and is the nerve centre for the European Air division. With excellent access to the facilities at the airport.Read more