General Aviation (GA) plays an iconic part in British history, it is also fundamental to the future success of the UK's aviation industry and the continued growth of the economy in this sector.
Moreover, the passion within GA is emotive and the industry has formed an incredible community like no other. GA is made up of dreams and aspirations, excitement and pleasure. Pushing boundaries and believing that, literally, the sky is the limit. For years the team at Swift Aircraft has been talking to people throughout the country about what GA means to them, fun anecdotes, emotional stories and incredible memories.
Swift is strongly committed to helping transform the future of British aviation with a number of innovative projects. We are also working alongside official bodies who are forming policy to this end. However, it's not just about the numbers, it's important to share with others that British GA is much more than a cash cow, it's part of our heritage and must be part of our future.
We have some really exciting projects to help get your voices heard at a national level, so if you want to be part of the renaissance in British GA, please let us know why. In just a short paragraph, please tell us what GA means to you. Please click here to complete the form.
Swift Aircraft is looking for recent Aeronautical Engineering graduates to join our design team. You will form an integral part of the company, which is an approved design and production organisation working on a vast range of interesting and innovative developments.
We are currently building the prototype of a new two seat side-by-side fully aerobatic composite training aircraft, and have a number of other exciting projects in the pipeline.
The company is based at Scottow Enterprise Park in Norfolk, formerly RAF Coltishall. Flight test and maintenance activities are performed on site alongside the design and production departments, making it one of the only locations in the UK to house all these disciplines in one place.
This is a varied and exciting role, and one that could see you really make a mark on the GA industry.
If you are interested in finding out more or would like to apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and covering letter.
Swift Aircraft is excited to announce the launch of a new initiative to Cadet Squadrons, and other groups with an interest in Aviation. Following on from the successful visit from 222 Squadron, Swift is extending the invitation to visit us at SEP, formerly RAF Coltishall, for an informative and exciting session. Find out more and apply...
Swift were pleased to invite special guests 222 Squadron to visit us at SEP for an aviation-fueled evening. The Cadets took a step back in time to learn about the history of the site, formerly RAF Coltishall, while seeing first-hand the production of the brand new Swift Aircraft prototype, which has the potential to be an elementary training aircraft of the future. They met up with Swift engineers who talked them through the aircraft design and testing process, followed by a tour of the facility. Read more...
Swift Technology Group has been working with Team Odyssey over the last few months, the F1 in Schools entry from a group of sixth form students at Kimbolton School.
Companies within the group, including Swift Aircraft, Swift TG Solutions and TWF Solutions have provided support to the team through design, testing and manufacture of the final competition car.
Team Odyssey approached Swift for sponsorship after Rebecca Haines, Group Marketing Manager, attended an Open Day at the school and had chatted to the Design Technology students about the type of STEM projects on offer to the senior pupils.
Swift has a number of STEM ambassadors within the group and has supported and launched a number of STEM initiatives ourselves, so we felt that this was a fantastic opportunity and a perfect match. The F1 in Schools project is one of the biggest STEM in schools initiatives in the world, and it’s been an honor to be part of it, especially with such an amazing team. The fact that F1 in schools includes artistic creativity and marketing as a major part of the judging criteria was also a big pull, as TWF forms an important part of the Swift group, and the significance of these disciplines is too often disregarded.
“When I saw Kimbolton School students showcasing their F1 in Schools entry, I was very impressed – offering sponsorship was testament to their capability, positive attitude, inspired minds and a hunger for success”. Rebecca Haines
Paul Burton, Group Design Manager, worked closely with the team, providing advice along the way and enthusing the students into thinking outside the box about certain aspects of the design process. He’s been the lynch pin between Swift and Odyssey and enjoyed every moment. Swift hopes that Paul has been inspirational to the team because sharing his ideas, skills and passion for what he does is key to his aspirations and vision - encouraging future generations to follow in his footsteps and not be afraid to take creative risks in all aspects of design.
"Team Odyssey were tasked with using nature to provide inspiration for their model. I am very impressed with the final result. It shows a creative flair, along with some intelligent engineering decisions.” Paul Burton
Team Odyssey were very keen to impress and made every effort to keep Swift in the loop of their progress every step of the way. This project runs alongside the students’ A Level studies, so it takes a lot of commitment and passion to take part in this competition, Team Odyssey have this in abundance, and it’s something they should be very proud of. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with the team, and Swift hopes to see them smash a win at the Regional Finals – they deserve it!
F1 in Schools is an international STEM competition in which students must design and manufacture a miniature car out of the official F1 Model Block using computer engineering design tools. The cars are powered by CO2 cartridges and attached to a track by a nylon wire. The teams are judged on the design and speed of the car together with their accompanying portfolio and presentation. The main objective of the competition is to help change the perceptions of science, technology, engineering and maths by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in these sectors.
Swift Technology Group is a technology-focused group of companies working within STEM industries, providing ground-breaking innovate solutions predominately in aviation, renewables and Oil & Gas. The company has invested millions of pounds into Research and Development over the last decade and will soon see its two flagship products launched commercially. The group has extended their invites to team Odyssey to visit Swift head office at SEP, Norwich (formerly RAF Coltishall) and hopes each member will stay in contact. Who knows, the future may bring us back together with potential opportunities and more STEM projects. However, whatever path they wish to follow, we would like to wish them all the very best.
TWF, the design and marketing arm of Swift, would also like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to Signs UK for providing the printed car decals free of charge. We have worked with this company for many years and they were more than happy to offer their support to this project.
Only one thing left to say, good luck Team Odyssey and thank you for letting us be part of this amazing project.
We are proud and super excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for the North Norfolk Innovation Business Award 2019 in association with Fakenham & Wells Times and the North Norfolk News.
There was an increase of more than 20% in the number of entries this year, and we have been told that the judges had their work cut out whittling down each category to three finalists, so we feel privileged to be in this position, especially as its our first year of entering.
The winners will be announced during the awards night on Thursday 21 February at Gresham's School in Holt, which will be hosted by Chris Sargisson, Chief executive of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.
Please keep your fingers crossed for us!
For more details, and to see a full list of finalists, please click here.
Everyone at Swift Aircraft would to extend our thanks to Ben at Raptor Aerospace for the awesome presentation to us last week. So good to learn that we could actually become rocket scientists (as well as fly planes of course)!
We hope to work more closely with Rapture in the future on a number of projects, most importantly inspiring a future aerospace generation.
Swift Aircraft is proud to sponsor the Royal Aeronautical Society Light Aircraft Conference 2018. The event was well attended and a resounding success with some fantastic feedback from the delegates.
Here are Swift Aircraft's very own Josh and Qaisar enjoying the day.
Swift Aircraft is proud to be sponsoring the Royal Aeronautical Society Light Aircraft Design Conference 2018 again this year. The event will be held on 19th November 2018, at No.4 Hamilton Place.
The conference this year is themed ‘On the Lighter Side’. Over the last few decades there has been a remarkable resurgence of grassroots aviation driven by science and technology - notably materials and electronics, and the sheer fascination and joy of flight. It won’t stop here – and our aim is to give a taste of current developments and where we are all going. Wingsuits, flying bicycles, foot launch, design and UAV proof of concept, ultralight aircraft – and beyond.
Winners of the 2018 Design Competition will also be announced during the event – Swift would like to wish all entrants the very best of luck.
For more details, or to book your place, visit the Royal Aeronautical Society website, or click here to download the Conference Programme.
Swift Aircraft is pleased to announce that the planning application to re-open the runway at Coltishall has now been submitted following the requirement for additional impact assessments.
After consultation with various groups, we have gained support from the local community, aviation authorities, aviation communities and STEM ambassadors. We invite you to join them in offering your support via the Planning Portal.
The company moved to SEP, formerly RAF Coltishall, last year, which was a fitting tribute to the site, and an incredible rebirth. Dave Stanbridge. Managing Director explains “helping to revive the British aviation industry has been a key goal of the mine from the outset and being able to do this from a site with such historical aviation value is inspiring. The passion of the local community to restore the heritage is infectious, and the support we have gained for our enterprise has been overwhelming. Saving the runway, and offering it back for the use it was built for is an opportunity to preserve part of the UK’s national aviation heritage. People fought tirelessly to save the runway from demolition, and this community is delighted that it is being used for the purpose it was built, albeit for the use of much smaller and quieter aircraft!”
He continues “Earlier in the year, there was a call to save military airfields from closure as they are a vital asset which, once closed will never be replaced, and we are offering active support to aviation groups which have been set up for this purpose. SEP at RAF Coltishall, and the opening of the runway is just a small part of the bigger picture, but one that will offer positive news to the aviation community and the local economy”
The company is set to create over 100 jobs in the area over the next few years, the majority in STEM functions, and look to move other parts of the Group to the site once planning is approved, which could increase this number significantly.
Swift will be at the Scottish International Airshow on 1st and 2nd September 2018.
We'll be located on the RAFA Stand in the RAF Village, and hope to see you there.
Swift Aircraft is working closely with Spirit of Coltishall Association (ScCA) to gain insight into our new location, Scottow Enterprise Park (formerly RAF Coltishall).
SoCA was set up to preserve the history of the base, they fought tirelessly with the local community to save the runway from being demolished, and now work closely with SEP to encourage the proper use of the hangars and the runway where possible.
David Welsh, Chairman of SoCA is delighted that Swift Aircraft has located to Hangar 2 and the company and association have developed close bonds to help us provide a tribute to days past.
Members of the committee visited the Hangar for an afternoon of reminiscing, and this really helped us as a company to comprehend just how important the site and hangar is, not only to the individuals, but to the history of military aviation in the UK.
We are looking forward to sharing some of our joint projects in the future, keep watching this space!
In 2015, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced the launch of E Conditions. E Conditions is a simple requirement for approving the initial flight testing of small experimental aircraft in the UK. This promised to benefit small-scale aircraft designers and manufacturers by reducing the red tape and financial burdens associated with securing airworthiness and operational approval for new light aircraft designs, encouraging the growth of new design concepts.
David Stanbridge, CEO of Swift Aircraft, was part of the Royal Aeronautical Society GA Specialist Group who took a leading role along with the CAA in helping to launch E Conditions and feels strongly that this is a positive step for the future of General Aviation (GA) in the UK.
We are now pleased to announce that he has become a Competent Person through the RAeS.
This is, of course, fantastic news for Swift Aircraft as it means we can fly and test the new Swift under E Conditions and David will be qualified to complete all declarations required for submission to the CAA, speeding up the process of getting the Swift in the air and ready for certification.
Find out more about E Conditions here
We are proud to announce that David Stanbridge, Group CEO, has been awarded Charted Engineer (CEng) by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) / Engineering Council. Chartered Engineers are characterised by their ability to develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems, using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change.
David is already elected Chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Engineering Society General Aviation Group and member of the Specialist Groups Committee.
He is honoured to have been awarded these qualifications and positions within the society and promises to use his knowledge, experience, drive and vision to help enhance the British General Aviation (GA) industry.
Congratulations David, you are indeed an inspirational ambassador, aeronautical engineer and aviator.
In a bid to put Norwich on the British aviation map, Swift Aircraft relocated to Scottow Enterprise Park (formerly RAF Coltishall) late last year. Hangar 2 has now been refurbished to house our head office and facilitate a manufacturing hub for the new Swift.
As a company we feel that moving here is a fitting tribute to the site, and an incredible rebirth. Helping to revive the British aviation industry has been a key goal of the company from the outset and being able to do this from a site with such historical aviation value is inspiring. The passion of the local community to restore the heritage is infectious, and the support we have gained for our enterprise has been overwhelming.
There are not many airfields available in and around the Norfolk area, home to the Swift venture, as most of the runways have been dug up or are in disrepair. The fact that Coltishall does not fall into this category is testament to the local community who fought hard to stop controversial plans to dig up part of the runway.
We’ll share updates on the progress at Scottow over the next few months as we continue to breathe new life into such an important historic building.
The Royal Aeronautical Society is hosting its second Light Aircraft Design Competition. aimed at promoting major innovation in the General Aviation aircraft sector.
The scope is constrained to meeting the requirements of the CAA’s E Conditions which enable the rapid design, build and experimental flight testing of piloted aircraft up to 2000 kg maximum mass within the UK.
Entries are invited for this competition from everyone; students, enthusiasts and professionals – individually or as a team.
The entries will be judged by a team of professional aeronautical engineers. Last year our very own CEO, David Stanbridge was part of the judging team and was very impressed by the ideas brought to the table.
If you think you have got what it takes, why not take a look (add link (https://www.aerosociety.com/news/light-aircraft-design-competition-2017-2018/).
But hurry as time is running out, entries must be received by 30th June 2018.