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Rescue Global base their UK Aviation Wing at Biggin Hill

Avalon aero are delighted to welcome to our Biggin Hill facility, Rescue Global, an International crisis and disaster response agency, who are basing and maintaining their aircraft with us.

Rescue Global is a Not For Profit, Non Governmental Organisation providing an immediate international crisis and disaster response service in the event of natural and man-made disasters worldwide. Focusing on the first 72 hours of a disaster, Rescue Global puts experts on the ground in not more than 18 hours from time of call. Core focus of their operation is immediate reconnaissance and mapping of a crisis or disaster zone, and the identification of persons whose lives are in danger, as well as the safest and most efficient routes in and out for local, regional and international response agencies.

Rescue Global has offices in Central London, New York, Delhi, Singapore and new locations opening soon. The HQ team included former Emergency Services and Military personnel, well versed in Rescue and Humanitarian mission command and control. The Rescue Personnel are all experiences and highly qualified Rescue Experts, including the only ever Royal Marine Officer to ever qualify and serve as a combat Pilot, both fixed wing (Harrier) and rotary (various helicopter types).

Should you wish to help support their work, donations can be made by visiting their website www.rescueglobal.org

Atmospheric Research Aircraft returns after Deployment

The ARA returned, to our base in Cranfield yesterday, after a successful and trouble free detachment in Fuerteventura after completing their objectives.

The study, named FENNEC, after a small nocturnal Fox that lives in the Sahara desert, aimed to characterise the thermodynamic, dynamic and compositional structure of the troposphere over the Sahara desert.

The Avalon Aero support team of four technicians once again successfully provided full support for the aircraft in difficult conditions, and within the strict operating time schedules, reconfiguring the aircraft so that the vital experiments were completed, whilst maintaining this elderly but sophisticated aircraft.

The next deployment, BORTAS, in July, is designed to measure the effect of forest fires in North America have on the air quality in Europe.

The sophisticated nature of this scientific aircraft and the support required for it, has resulted in the team at Cranfield being leaders in this field.

Paul Harding joins Avalon Technical Services Ltd

Paul has joined us from BAe Systems Corporate air travel, where he recruited and managed the CAMO running a team of Aircraft auditors and technical clerks, supporting the return and deliveries, as well as the Care and Maintenance, of BAe 146/RJ and ATP aircraft.

His department provided Full technical support, liaison between customers and local airworthiness authorities, whilst managing the company processes and procedures.

His onsite presentations to MRO’s on behalf of BAe systems and position as a CAA Form 4 Post holder, make him a valuable addition to an already strong and capable team.

Previously Paul managed the Inflite Southend Technical services department.

Tom Deacon joins Avalon Aero Ltd

Having worked at Flybe for the last 3 years, Tom felt it was time to further extend his work experience and find another challenge. As a B2 Avionics engineer he has worked extensively on BAe 146/RJ, Q400’s and E 195’s.

Bringing this knowledge, together with an enthusiasm for all things avionics, Tom will strengthen the Avalon Aero engineering team.

“Watching the Changing World”

We are pleased to welcome on board C-Aviation, The “Eye in the Sky” aerial survey and surveillance company based in the UK and now hangared with us at Biggin Hill where the fleet will be based for Maintenance and Continued Airworthiness Management.

With the Motto “Watching the Changing World” their P68TC Observer aircraft, fitted with a FLIR Camera system will be able to provide the individual surveillance requirements that are required in this fast changing world.

Director, Bob Craft, said “At the core of our business will be the most sophisticated technology available in aerial surveillance. However the heart of our company will be the highly trained and experienced aircrew and system operatives. It is their unique combination of specialist skills and practical expertise that will lift C-Aviation’s position within the marketplace, out of the ordinary.”

Atmospheric Research Aircraft

After a winter of refit, and the installation of the new instrumentation required for the 2011 research season, the ARA left our Cranfield facility for its first deployment.

Working closely with Direct Flight and The Facility of Airbourne Atmospheric Measurement (FAAM) the Avalon Aero engineers have worked extremely hard to bring the aircraft, a BAe 146, (G-LUXE) up to the specification required for this seasons experiments.

Some of last year's experiments were delayed, due to the extra flights required to monitor the volcanic ash fall out, after the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in May, last year. With the disruption to flying all over the world, the ARA had plenty to do, and this year is relying on the Cranfield team to minimise any down time, so they can complete a very busy schedule.....

Hawker Monthly Service Plan Launched

Avalon Aero are proud to announce that the initial aircraft, a Hawker 1000, has joined the Avalon monthly service plan.

Designed to annualise the line service charges and defect costs, the Avalon Service Plan provides a monthly invoice that should avoid most large charges that can often disrupt cash flow. The Service Plan is designed to attract the low utilisation Corporate Jet owner that wishes to maintain full control over their financial outlay, whilst fully maintaining their aircraft.

Further Applications to CAA for Maintenance Approval

Avalon Aero have applied for Line and Base station approval at our Biggin Hill facility for:

  • Beechcraft Hawker 125 1000
  • Cessna Citation 500 Series
  • Cessna Citation 525 A,B&C (CJ 1,2&3)
  • Cessna Citation 550 Series
  • Cessna Citation 560 Series
  • Beechcraft King Air 90
  • BAe Jet stream 31/32
  • VulcanAir P68 Series
  • Robin DR400

This list taken from application to CAA 17/02/11

Chris Glancey, General Manager of Avalon Aero said “we are building a comprehensive maintenance team, whose capabilities and customer service skill will produce the high standards our customers deserve and require”

CAA Extend Maintenance Approval

Avalon Aero are delighted to announce that it has been granted permission by the UK CAA to extend its EASA Part 145 Approval to carry out line maintenance on the following aircraft types at its Biggin Hill facility:

  • A2 – Aircraft Below 5700Kg
  • Cessna 400 Piston Series
  • Cessna 406 Reims

John Glancey, Managing Director of Avalon Aero, said that “this latest successful approval application is just the start of a number of exciting additions to our service capabilities that will benefit not only future customers, but our existing customer base as well.”

Avalon Aero Hangar and Customer Lounge nears completion

After an extensive 12 month renovation period, Avalon Aero’s Biggin Hill hangar facility is entering its final stages of completion and from the beginning of February the new reception lounge ,will be offering its visitors a large seated reception area, complete with complimentary teas, coffee and cold drinks, along with WI-FI and printing facilities.

Chris Glancey, General Manager, explained that ‘the past twelve months have been a constant process of renovating and improving, not only the structure and maintenance areas of the facility, but also customer facing areas ,allowing Avalon Aero to provide a more complete and personalised service”

The new facility reflects our commitment to our customers and our support to the ongoing development at Biggin Hill Airport.