Swift takes over support for Slingsby Firefly T67

Swift Aircraft is taking over the support for Slingsby T67 aircraft with immediate effect.

The T67’s type certificate was revoked in 2019 and EASA Specific Airworthiness Specification No. EASA.SAS.A.390 was issued on 19 October 2020.

Swift Aircraft is based at Scottow Enterprise Park (formerly RAF Coltishall) in Norfolk where it has three facilities dedicated to GA activity. These include 59,000sqft of hangar space with design and composite manufacturing capability, together with certified maintenance facilities at Wombleton in Yorkshire and Norwich International Airport.

Swift Aircraft is transferring relevant design information, moulds and jigs from Marshalls in respect of the ongoing support for the T67. It’s also communicating with EASA and the CAA to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Swift Aircraft says it 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.


Watch a FLYER video flying a Slingsby T67 in UPRT training


The Swift group 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.

David Stanbridge, managing director of Swift Aircraft, is an owner of Slingsby T67 M200 and M260 aircraft.

“Taking over the support of the T67 in this way reaffirms our dedication to support the industry,” said a company statement. “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.”

Swift says there are no plans to manufacture new Slingsby T67 aircraft, but the company hopes to fill the gap with the brand-new Swift aircraft which is currently in the prototype build phase.

Swift Aircraft Group

 

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