Patriot Aviation Soars Ahead With The Acquisition Of Heliflight (UK) LTD

Edinburgh, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 02, 2009 -- As trading conditions continue to remain difficult for the vast majority of businesses, aviation is no exception but Patriot (http://www.patriot.uk.com) and Heliflight are enjoying sound trading with many UK aircraft owners realising through Patriot’s sales operation the value of their aircraft in Euro denominated markets. Patriot’s engineering business is capable of growing into new regions and there still remains a strong demand for flying training and helicopter charter.

Sir Peter’s intention is to retain the two brands but to consolidate aircraft sales of Cessna fixed wing aircraft, Schweizer and other helicopter brands under the Patriot banner, whilst opening sales offices at Gloucester and Wolverhampton. Helicopter engineering will also be consolidated with a new base to be opened at Gloucester, whilst flying training and charter will be consolidated under the Heliflight (http://www.heliflightuk.co.uk) brand. Heliflight will also extend its operations from Gloucester and Wolverhampton to Cranfield.

Commenting on the deal, Sir Peter Rigby said: “Undoubtedly, Patriot and Heliflight have seen sound trading in recent months with many UK aircraft owners realising the value of their aircraft in the euro zone, with the help of our sales operation. Moving forward, Patriot’s engineering capability in particular has the opportunity to grow into new regions, whilst demand remains strong for Heliflight’s flying training and helicopter charter work.”

An enthusiastic fixed wing and helicopter pilot, Sir Peter always had a strong interest in aviation and a wish to carry over his business principles and customer service ethic to an aviation business.

Heliflight (UK) Ltd was established in 1996 at Halfpenny Green Airport near Wolverhampton. With a mission to provide high quality professional helicopter hire and flight training, Heliflight soon grew to establish itself at Gloucestershire airport, and now flies from both airports. There are 11 flying instructors at the two airports and a comprehensive range of helicopters that are used for both hire and training helicopter pilots. Heliflight has 15 helicopters in total, ranging from the Robinson R22 to the Executive Augusta A109.

Heliflight will continue to be managed by Jon Lane, who has run the business since its inception and is a seasoned professional pilot and manager.

About Heliflight Heliflight (UK) Ltd was established in 1996 at Halfpenny Green Airport near Wolverhampton. With a mission to provide high quality professional helicopter hire and flight training, Heliflight soon grew to establish itself at Gloucestershire airport, and now flies from both airports. There are 11 flying instructors at the two airports and a comprehensive range of helicopters that are used for both hire and training helicopter pilots. Heliflight has 15 helicopters in total, ranging from the Robinson R22 to the Executive Augusta A109.

About Patriot Sir Peter Rigby acquired Patriot Aviation in 2002. Based at Cranfield, Patriot is the UK and Northern Ireland agent for Cessna fixed wing and Schweizer and other helicopter brands. Patriot is a UK market leader in fixed wing and helicopter sales, engineering, flight training and charter.

Sir Peter Rigby is one of the of the UK’s top entrepreneurs. He was knighted in the Queens Jubilee honours for services to information technology and business in the community. He founded, owns and chairs the UK’s fifth largest privately owned business, the SCH group.

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