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Swift Technology Group - Press Release April 2013

 
Swift Aircraft is pleased to announce further plans to develop Wombleton Airfield as its initial planning application to change of use of former control tower has been approved.
 
On the 12th March 2013, Swift Aircraft was granted permission to refurbish the control tower to use as an office and ancillary storage. This will accommodate the design, sales and administration functions within Swift Aircraft, Europa Aircraft, Aviation Marine Engineering (AMEL) and Swift TG Maintenance.
 
Dave Stanbridge, founder and Company Director of Swift Aircraft, comments: “being granted planning permission for the initial development of Wombleton airfield is obviously great news as it allows all the aviation activity within Swift Technology Group to be housed in one location.
 
Going forward Swift Aircraft will continue to work with the local community to responsibly develop the airfield, while being sympathetic to its history, the environment and local infrastructure. 
 
Swift Technology Group is committed to supporting growth in the local area by creating jobs and promoting the local economy with our aviation activity.  The airfield has been home to many historical moments in aviation, so it’s fitting that it’s the place that will help to launch one of the biggest developments in light aviation for over two decades”


 
Last year the Group announced that they had added Wombleton to its aviation portfolio with a promise of reviving the airfield by improving the runways and refurbishing the control tower and hangar facilities.  Swift TG Maintenance has been operating on the airfield since August 2012. Since then we have substantially improved the security and hangar facilities and one of the runways has already been improved. With the recent planning permission it is intended that Europa Aircraft will move to the site in May 2013.
 
Wombleton Airfield was built as a WW II training airfield in 1943 and was operational under RAF Bomber command until 1947. It was used by the Royal Canadian Air Force to train experienced twin-engine bomber pilots to fly four-engined heavy bombers. 
 
Swift is once again demonstrating its commitment and investment into British Aviation with this project and will continue to work hand in hand with Ryedale council and local residents to help preserve an important part of local history and at the same time help support the local economy.
 
Swift Aircraft look forward to announcing more details of a new British aircraft in the next few months.
 


The development of Wombleton Airfield is a significant step forward for Swift Technology Group