Swift Aircraft to support Slingsby T67s
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Swift Aircraft is handling relevant design information, moulds and jigs, and liaising with both EASA and the CAA to provide continued support for the T67
Swift Aircraft is handling relevant design information, moulds and jigs, and liaising with both EASA and the CAA to provide continued support for the T67. The aircraft’s type certificate was revoked in 2019. On 19 October 2020, EASA Specific Airworthiness Specification No. EASA.SAS.A.390 was issued, establishing a regulatory framework for operating the model. Now, the ownership of the original design data will enable Swift Aircraft, based at Scottow Enterprise Park (formerly RAF Coltishall) in Norfolk, to supply original parts or provide alternatives for the aircraft’s operational needs.
The Swift group was previously responsible for the refurbishment of twenty-two T67 M260s after their retirement from MoD service. David Stanbridge, managing director of Swift Aircraft (and owner of a T67 M200 and an M260) said: “Taking over the support of this aeroplane reaffirms our 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 under the certified flight conditions they were intended.”
The company also says that there are no plans to manufacture new T67s, but that it hopes to fill the gap with its brand-new Swift aircraft, ostensibly a tourer, which is currently in the prototype build phase.