Swift Aircraft has recently won a substantial order for spares for the Royal Bahraini Airforce to support their Defence Force Slingsby T67 Firefly training fleet. We are also poised to provide extended services to all T67 Firefly aircraft once the pending Part 21 J Design Organisation Authority (DOA) certification is granted by the CAA. The motivation behind this is for Swift Aircraft to provide certified alternatives to some of the current parts, which are either no longer available or are based on manufacturing methodologies that are very difficult to source.
In 2019, Swift Aircraft adopted support for the Slingsby Firefly T67 following the revocation of the Type Certification. The company now holds all of the relevant design information, moulds and jigs and has helped T67 owners to continue to operate their aircraft. More...
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Swift Technology Group has the privilege of being involved in a game-changing aviation project with Aeralis.
Swift Aircraft is assisting with digital design and model-based engineering to test their brand-new British military aircraft. While AMEL has produced full-scale mockups using composite manufacturing, using similar techniques to the eventual production aircraft.
Aeralis is solving issues faced by air forces for generations challenged with operating a mix of single point aircraft designs, by offering a modular design jet aircraft reconfigurable to cover a variety of roles including operational training, basic jet training, aerobatics and light combat. Many of the Swift Group’s missions are aligned with Aeralis, and it’s been fantastic to work with another British aviation company whose aims are similar.
Talking about the initial two mock-ups, which took AMEL only months to produce from start to finish including CAD modelling, tooling, final production and wrapping, Aeralis describe how visitors to their stand at DIMDEX 2022 last month were wowed by the replicas, with many visitors wanting selfies with the aircraft!
AERALIS were themselves captivated when they saw the finished models for the first time.
"We are immensely impressed by Swift's professional commitment and ability to deliver these mock-ups to a very high standard in short time-scales. We are very excited to continue working with Swift as part of the next phase of the AERALIS programme." Tristan Crawford, CEO AERALIS.
The video below is a short compilation of the mock-up production, this video was taken at Swift’s impressive facilities on the former RAF Coltishall site, with Swift Aircraft and AMEL personnel hard at work through design and manufacture. It’s a great snippet of one of the amazing projects we are involved in - we are incredibly proud of our part in this venture so far and already working with AERALIS in the next phase of development.
~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