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.