RVL Aviation has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space

RVL Aviation has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space for the provision of a surveillance capable aircraft. The aircraft will undertake a series of flight trials to support a wider global programme of technological development which involves hyper-spectral sensors, as used in satellites.

RVL will initiate the required CAA certification programme for the provision of the aircraft and personnel required for this activity. We shall draw on our expertise in innovative capability development, and are delighted to be involved in and to support this exciting programme.

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Training makes our crews the best

Our pilots have been carrying out their Spray System Operator training in collaboration with RVL Aviation’s partner, West Atlantic.

Spray Systems Operators are key to how we fulfil our Aerial Dispersant contract with the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA). The training included oil spill response background, hands-on time with our Oil Dispersant Spray Kit and familiarisation with the B737 spray aircraft. The two day training concluded in a scenario-based exercise that took the Operators through load planning, assisting with flight planning and briefings, on-mission tasks and aircraft turn around actions.

The next ongoing training step will be a sim session in a few weeks.
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West Atlantic UK Ltd

Fresh talent is always welcome at RVL Aviation

Nurturing fresh talent is a company-wide philosophy at RVL Aviation, the specialist aviation service provider based at East Midlands Airport. The latest to benefit from the company’s forward-looking recruitment policies are trainee mechanics Declan Hopkins (left) and Callum Oram (right), both of whom have embarked on the lengthy and demanding training processes to gain the modules required to become CAA-licensed engineers.

RVL’s Technical Director, Adam Sweeney, says the company is keen to introduce fresh talent to the industry at a time when there’s a distinct shortage of skilled engineering and technical staff.

“Both Declan and Callum have come to us with good hands-on skills,” said Sweeney, “and most of all they are really enthusiastic and have the right mindset for the task ahead of them. Gaining your engineering licence requires years of hard work and application, and we are pleased to give them the opportunity to work alongside and learn from our knowledgeable shift supervisors and maintenance engineers.”

Declan comes to RVL with seven years of engineering experience under his belt with the Army, working on weapons systems and tanks. Callum has aircraft engineering skills and spent time as an apprentice metal worker and fabricator with several engineering firms.

Their initial induction and safety training at RVL has started. “Next we will be looking to get them hands-on experience working with our aircraft so they can build their log books,” said Sweeney. “If we can bring young people on like this on every couple of years it is going to benefit the company and our industry enormously.”

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RVL’s aircrew are licensed maritime enforcement officers and specialists

Based at the UK’s busiest regional airport, East Midlands Airport, specialist aviation company RVL has a long and impressive record in the provision of airborne intelligence to Government departments and agencies.

Using the latest available technological innovation available in the fields of intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance, RVL’s in-house expertise and fleet of special mission aircraft take on key roles in a variety of maritime and environmental protection domains.

RVL’s aircrew are licensed maritime enforcement officers and specialists in the effective use of sensor payloads including electro-optical, infrared and radar equipment to gather intelligence on behalf of its clients, including the analysis of data into refined outputs, and systems to efficiently manage reporting to the required standard.

“RVL offers cost-effective, value-for-money and innovative technical solutions,” said Chief Executive Dave Connor. “Innovation and finding solutions to problems is at the heart of what we do, by understanding what the customer is trying to achieve and giving them a solution which helps them to achieve it in the most economically advantageous way.”

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RVL Aviation CEO Dave Connor at EAASI Summit

At the EAASI Partners Summit in Portugal, RVL Aviation CEO Dave Connor was part of a panel discussion that centred on the categorisation of aerial mapping flights, and their co-ordination with air traffic units.

EAASI and its members are working with national authorities to raise the profile and priority of these flights because invariably they have national environmental importance everywhere they take place.

RVL Aviation’s specialist flight capability includes aerial survey, airborne surveillance, and oil spill dispersal.

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