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.
Design your own light aircraft
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.