Press Release issued November 2020
~Swift Aircraft announces it has taken over the support and service provision for the Slingsby Firefly T67 with immediate effect ~
Swift Aircraft hopes to put Slingsby T67 owners and operators minds at rest following the revocation of the Type Certificate on 13th May 2019 and the issue of EASA Specific Airworthiness Specification No. EASA.SAS.A.390, by announcing it will be taking over the support provision for this aircraft type.
Swift Aircraft is a UK based company headquartered at Scottow Enterprise Park (formerly RAF Coltishall) in Norfolk. It has been in business for over a decade and has three facilities dedicated to GA activity including 59,000 sq ft of hangar space providing a comprehensive design and composite manufacturing capability, together with certified maintenance facilities at Wombleton in Yorkshire and Norwich International Airport.
Swift Aircraft is currently in the process of transferring relevant design information, moulds and jigs from Marshalls in respect of the ongoing support for the T67 and is in communication with EASA and the CAA to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. This will allow owners and operators to operate their aircraft without disturbance.
Swift Aircraft will not own the Type Certificate for the aircraft because a surrendered Type Certificate cannot be reversed, however the ownership of the original design data will enable the company to supply original parts or provide alternatives through the established STC process.
The Swift group has a well-established link to the Slingsby T67 – it already currently provides support to many UK-based T67 aircraft and previously supported the Royal Jordanian Air Force T67 fleet prior to their replacement with Grob 120TP aircraft. The company was also responsible for the refurbishment of 22 Slingsby T67M260 aircraft after their retirement from UK MOD EFTS service, and these can now be found flying in numerous countries around the globe.
David Stanbridge, Managing Director of Swift Aircraft is himself the proud owner of a Slingsby T67M200 and M260 and has enjoyed many hours piloting this type of aircraft, so he understands perfectly the need to ensure the service provision is seamless.
The UK has a wealth of aviation history, but Swift Aircraft believes that a heritage is no substitute for an industry, and it works tirelessly to support the revitalisation of the British GA sector. The company saved the iconic British amateur-build aircraft, Europa, from its certain demise in 2008, and has since been involved in a number of high-profile projects in the aviation world.
Taking over the support of the T67 in this way reaffirms their dedication to support the industry. Most importantly, it ensures that owners will not be left with aircraft for which they are unable to gain the support they need to operate the under the certified flight conditions they were intended.
Whilst there are no plans to manufacture new Slingsby T67 aircraft, Swift Aircraft hopes to fill the gap with the brand-new Swift aircraft which is currently in the prototype build phase, but for which progress has unfortunately been impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic.
For more details, please email T67@swiftaircraft.com or visit www.swiftaircraft.co.uk. Swift Aircraft is part of Swift Technology Group, for more details, visit www.swifttg.com.
It's a privilege to be located in Hangar 2; a facility steeped in so much history and honor, and we are brimming with pride to be part of the RAF Coltishall VE Day 75th Anniversary celebrations.
Today the site is playing a vital role in the global fight against COVID 19, supporting the Norfolk community through the unprecedented situation; a very different time and threat to our way of life, but nonetheless significant.
To all those who have served from this station, past and present, we thank you and we salute you.
We are pleased to announce that Mike McLean, Business Development Manager for Swift Technology Group, will be guest speaker at the Royal Aeronautical Society Coventry Branch event, on Wednesday 18th March 2020. The event will be held at Coventry University, theatre ECG26, starting at 7.15pm.
He'll be giving an insight into the launch of our new GA training aircraft, the Swift, the work we are doing to help revitalise the British Aviation industry and the initiatives we have in place to encourage future generations into STEM careers.
More details, including how to book your place will be posted on the RAES website shortly. Students can attend free of charge.
Students from North Walsham High School were the latest visitors to Swift to learn about stem careers in the workplace. #stem #stemambassors #inspiringaviation #engineersofthefuture #education #Norfok
A group of budding engineers from UTCN came to visit Swift Technology Group last week to present details about their Greenpower race project.
Two teams of students, aged between 16 - 17, aspire to be engineers in the future and hope that entry into the Greenpower event will help make them stand out from others when moving into further education or the workplace.
Both teams are looking for sponsorship from local businesses and Swift hopes that we will be able to offer them design support for the competition.
Greenpower Education Trust s a UK based charity with an outstanding track record in kick starting careers in engineering. They help unlock potential and spark enthusiasm for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through the excitement of motorsport. This is the second year running that Swift has been involved in the competition as part of our STEM initiatives.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish both teams good luck in this competition. Watch this space for updates!
Mary Keen, from Paston College, showed fantastic initiative by arranging a visit for herself and a group of fellow Physics and Maths students to Swift HQ last week. The group was engaged, enthusiastic and asked all the right questions - we were all very impressed.
Visits like these form part of our STEM initiatives and are valuable to both employer and employee. If you are a student and would like to arrange a visit for you and your study friends, please complete the online form - initiative goes a long way in business.
"We had a great time and everyone appreciated being able to see what it's actually like in the workplace" Mary Keen
It was wonderful to host another STEM event with a fantastic group of aspiring engineers and aviators from UTCN last week. The students were enthusiastic and showed great interest in the transition from education to the workplace.
Thank you to Sophie Skipp, Employment Engagement Co-ordinator at UTCN, and her team, for our continued Partnership and help in inspiring future generations to STEM careers.
#inspiringaviation #inspiringdesign #STEM #stemambassadors
Swift Technology Group will be closed from noon on Friday 20th December 2019 until Thursday 2nd January 2020.
If you have any urgent queries during the closure period, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll endeavor to do all we can to answer, but please note that the team will have limited access to emails during this time.
We would like to thank you for your continued support this year and look forward to another fantastic year in 2020.
From everyone at Swift Technology Group, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Swift Aircraft recently attended the engineering network event at Paston College. It was great to meet some of the students and discuss potential futures ranging across Engineering, Manufacturing, Business Studies and Administration. Fantastic potential.
Four students from the University Technical College Norfolk (UTCN) visited Swift Aircraft to present their F1 in Schools sponsorship proposition. We are pleased to subsequently announce, we will be their Platinum sponsor for the 2020 competition.
The students were given a tour of the facility and had the opportunity to meet with the engineering team. This was followed by a Paper Aeroplane Challenge with prizes awarded for distance and accuracy, and a working lunch discussing their project in more detail.
Watch this news page for updates regarding the UTCN F1 in Schools progress.