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2Excel Engineering’s New Apprentices

2Excel Engineering’s Apprenticeship Scheme

It’s September which means it’s time for us to welcome the next generation of apprentices into 2Excel Engineering!  

At 2Excel, we believe in investing in the future sustainability of the UK Engineering Industry. At our base in Lasham, there’s plenty of opportunity to learn and be involved in a variety of work. Our Apprenticeship Scheme provides hands-on learning, supported by our highly skilled engineers.

We have already taken on an apprentice in each of the Facilities and NDT departments, and now we’re welcoming seven new apprentices who will be working with us for the duration of their Apprenticeship Scheme on placements around our site. Our apprentices, Adam, Alex, Josh, Lewis, Owen, Thomas and Maddox will be taught a variety of skills and capabilities that we provide within our MRO services relevant to their roles. 

Our Training Manager, Adrian Bridger, said: ‘This is an exciting time for 2Excel Engineering, and we are so pleased that we can offer these young people an opportunity that will set them up for their future careers. Covid-19 affected all areas of industry, not least in the Aviation sector, and this had an effect such that we could not start any apprentices in 2020. However, the trend is on the up now and we have made the decision that the time is right to bring the next cohort in. 

‘These apprentices are starting on a journey where they will be exposed to a very exciting, but diverse, range of skills, and 2Excel Engineering are proud to be a part of this journey. When they reach the end of their apprenticeship, we hope that all of them will remain as part of the future of 2Excel Engineering.’ 

Find out more about our Apprenticeship Scheme by watching our video here.

Welcome to the 2Excel Engineering team! 

Spotlight on: Phil Whitehead, Commercial Manager

Phil Whitehead – A Career Retrospective

On 19th August our Commercial Manager Phil Whitehead will close the door on his office at Lasham for the final time as he heads into retirement. He will be sorely missed by many friends and colleagues around the tight-knit MRO industry, many of whom overseas came to know him as ‘Mr Phil’.

A lifelong aviation enthusiast, Phil’s passion for flight was fired when – as a boy growing up in Altrincham – he would hear the Heathrow-bound Vanguard aircraft starting up its engines at nearby Manchester airport while on his paper round.

Little did Phil know back then that he would rack up thousands of air miles flying for work during 48 years of continuous employment – with only a single day out of work (a Friday off between jobs). Or that he would attain a Private Pilot’s Licence at Denham in 1985. He has remained a keen aviation photographer with ‘thousands’ of photographs of the subject he loves.

Having missed out on apprenticeships at British Airways and BOAC, he’d applied for a job with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Although he was not selected, the application process meant he automatically qualified for the Home Civil Service. This led to a role with the Crown Agents for Overseas Government and Administrations, where he started in October 1973.

‘This turned out to be a fantastic commercial apprenticeship,’ Phil said, ‘the department was involved in the administration of UK Government aid and loans, managing contracts, shipping of equipment and processing invoices and claims via the Ministry of Overseas Development.’

Among the memorable projects Phil worked on was organising a shipment of trombones to the Mara Institute of Technology in Malaysia, an electrification project in Nigeria – which required shipping of pylons and cables – and a water purification project in Laos.

The foreign connections continued when Phil was moved as part of the standard three-year civil service rotation, moving to work on military equipment via a joint venture between the Ministry of Defence and the Crown Agents called International Military Services Ltd. This involved shipping kit such as armoured vehicles to countries in the Middle East, Kenya and elsewhere.

Phil finally moved into aviation in 1987 when he joined Dan Air at Lasham as a contracts manager. Within six weeks of joining, his first trip was to Kathmandu to discuss a maintenance contract for Boeing 727s. Trips to the British Virgin Islands to discuss HS748 maintenance and 2 trips to Lagos to discuss more B727 maintenance soon followed.

In around 1991 Dan Air Engineering was sold to FLS Aerospace, which later decided to split into two separate organisations, with support (tools and equipment) at Lasham and engineering at Stansted airport. Phil initially stayed at Lasham for just two weeks before he realised he wanted to be in the engineering unit. So, he went to Stansted, where he spent 10 years account managing the likes of British Airways, the My Travel group and finally Ryanair.

Highlights from that time included managing a former Dan Air maintenance contract with Air UK Leisure for seven 737-400s which were being leased to an Indian company Modiluft. FLS beat Lufthansa to the support contract, despite the German carrier being involved in the operation, and it resulted in a total support contract with a line station in Delhi. Phil ended up flying to Delhi six times, including twice in the space of one week. Sadly, the operation did not survive. The airline failed and the aircraft returned to KLM, which had taken over AirUK Leisure. However, as the aircraft were different to the KLM mainline fleet the maintenance support was transferred across to Amsterdam. The mid-1990s were notable for Phil as he was account manager for MyTravel Group, which led to many more overseas trips – including a typical week which saw him travel from his Stansted office to Manchester, flying to Copenhagen then back to London – and all before Thursday morning. In one year he flew 126 times commercially.

Phil took voluntary redundancy from FLS in 2002. ‘I was the last person they expected to volunteer for redundancy as I’d been representing employees in the consultation,’ Phil says. ‘I went home one night and thought about it and volunteered when I got into work the next day. At the time I was involved in overseeing the Ryanair maintenance, which was in the process of transferring from Stansted to Dublin. It was during a meeting in Dublin that I got a call from ATC Lasham who knew I was available asking if I would return to Lasham. So, I spent 10 years with FLS at Stansted before ultimately returning to Lasham.

‘It was around this time that I had my only day of being unemployed in almost 48 years since starting work,’ Phil says. ‘I had left my job at the end of October, finishing on a Thursday. I took the weekend off and started again on something like 4 November. So, I was only unemployed for one single Friday!’

The highlight from Phil’s ATC career was undoubtedly being Norwegian’s account manager, after ATC won their business in 2004. The airline became ATC-Lasham’s biggest customer over the next few years which went on to complete around 170 C-checks on its aircraft. A celebration of the 100th C-check saw The Blades fly past Lasham in formation with a Norwegian 737 photographed for posterity by the current 2EE CEO from a fifth Blade aircraft. The eruption of the Icelandic volcano almost scuppered the plan when all jet aircraft in northern Europe were grounded. But a negotiation with both the Norwegian and UK CAAs and a commitment to fly no higher than 1,000 feet meant the flight could go ahead. The one downside was the many Norwegian guests who were stranded by the restrictions on international flights. ATC ended up hiring a coach for the guests to travel back by land and sea, including a ferry to Normandy and then the long drive through northern France and the low countries before finally arriving in Oslo 48 hours later.

When ATC collapsed into administration in 2015, Phil was one of the few people retained by the administrators and he stayed in post as 2Excel took on the business, as 2Excel Engineering, tasking him with rebuilding the commercial team.

As he prepares for life away from Lasham, Phil confided he was ‘not quite ready’ to stop working completely and was already considering some offers of consultancy work. He looks forward to having more time to travel, having seen various places during his career. Top of the list are China and Japan – a haven for aviation photography due to the superb viewing facilities the Japanese provide. Phil has also fancied going back to see more of the United States, having not visited since before the 2001 terrorist attacks. He is also keen to visit Krakow in Poland and other parts of Europe.

Everyone at 2Excel Engineering wishes Phil the best of luck and Bon Voyage for the adventures ahead.

Spotlight on: Adrian Bridger, Training Manager

Ex-military training instructor, Adrian Bridger joined 2Excel Engineering in March as our new Training Manager. Adrian’s ambition in his new role is to pass on his years of knowledge and experience within the industry to others. He is currently leading on our apprenticeship scheme and ensuring that our workforce and the company are supported with essential training requirements.

We spoke to Adrian to find out more about his experience within the aviation and engineering worlds.

“I joined the RAF as a mechanic, later training as an aircraft technician based out of RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.  

Looking back on my military career, I moved around a lot; I was posted out to Germany to RAF Laarbruch to work on the Buccaneer fleet and spent time at RAF Cosford, RAF Kinloss in Scotland supporting the Nimrods, and finally RAF Coningsby working on the Tornados. I saw a lot of the world during that time and was particularly interested in the diverse cultures there are to see and immerse yourself in. 

I left the RAF in 1992 after 13 years of service, aged 30. I went to Saudi Arabia with British Aerospace to train Saudi air Force personnel on Tornados and to look after their aircraft. In the early ‘00’s, I was working in Perth, Scotland, as a Part-66 Basic Instructor and later progressed to Examination Manager –carrying out examination on behalf of the CAA. 

I later met my partner, who at the time lived in Worthing. In December 2006, I moved South and accepted a role with Thomson Airways (now TUI), based out of Luton. I joined as a Type Instructor on the Boeing 737, focussing on Avionics and carried out Human Factors, Fuel Tank Safety and EWIS courses. I left the company is 2013 to progress a career with British Airways, joining the company as an instructor on the Dreamliner for three months, before moving into the Part 147 as the Examinations and Compliance Manager. I was with the company until I joined 2Excel. 

When the Training Manager role came up at 2Excel, I was very interested as it’s the type of role I’ve aspired to have and have worked up to over many years, and I had worked with apprentices in previous roles. 

After four decades spent in aerospace engineering, I have a lot of experience to pass on to others, in particular, helping direct and guide apprentices and their future plans. I believe that we, as people, need to continually train and learn and this is my passion in the workplace.  

I started with 2Excel in March this year and quickly came to realise that we’ve got a good bunch of people at Lasham and the apprentices make the company dynamic. Currently, we have a full programme running: we have four apprentices already finished and are employed in Improver roles with the company, the Year 3’s will finish in January after being extended due to Covid and the Year 2’s are due to finish September 2022. There was no intake in 2020 due to Covid, but we have already offered places to six candidates who have accepted for the September 2021 intake. 

Although our scheme is open to a small group of apprentices, compared to other engineering companies, what make us attractive and unique is the range of hands-on experiences on offer, including our extensive backshop capabilities such as NDT. A student will typically be placed with a mentor for around a month at a time, and will rotate around the site to gain a wider understanding of the business and will spend time with different departments. 

My primary focus is to support the apprentices by taking an active role in developing their skills. It’s important to have an ‘open door’ policy, be visible and build rapport with the students. I enjoy seeing how our students develop over time and throughout the process, some achieving NVQ level, but the sky really is the limit.  

The short-to-long term vision for the Training department is to attain an Apprenticeship Accreditation to allow us to deliver the complete package for the apprentices instead of sending them to college. We are also looking to attain Part-147 accreditation from the UKCAA so we can teach approved type training to both our staff and externals to have a revenue stream coming in. I will also be working with Compliance to bring mandatory courses such as HF, FTS and EWIS back in-house at some point in the future. There is a lot of opportunity at Lasham and I look forward to seeing what we can bring to fruition.” 

2Excel Engineering’s Fire Crew Training

2EXCEL ENGINEERING’S FIRE CREW TRAINING

Well done to the first 8-out-of-24 of our employees who took part in a Fire Crew Training exercise at Southampton Airport. The training lasted a full day and consisted of a brief classroom session, hose drills and moving as a team.

The team spent the morning doing simulated exercises using Echo Four’s aircraft fire simulator. The exercises included attending an aircraft with suspected hot brakes, which then escalated into a landing gear fire. The afternoon comprised of tackling a simulated engine fire from a vehicle monitor. This culminated in a full deployment, where starting from an on vehicle position, the monitor initially knocked back an engine fire, before two teams egressed to move in and deal with a gear fire using branch lines.

At 2Excel Engineering, we’re committed to safety, staff training and upskilling our workforce. The course results in a certification and we look forward to sending the remaining two groups to complete this training. You can find out more about our expertise here.

Thank you Echo Four and Southampton Airport for hosting us.

*Images taken during the Fire Crew Training exercise.

Spotlight on: Leanne McComb, Production Planner

Leanne McComb, 2Excel Engineering Production Planner

“I joined the RAF when I turned 17 years old and worked on ground radar equipment as an electronics technician for the four years which followed.  I was drawn to the RAF as a career choice as I liked the idea of leaving Newcastle to do something different.  I was studying A levels and found it quite boring.  I discovered I could in fact learn a new career whilst getting paid and also develop skills you can’t achieve anywhere else.  I would say my qualifications are the least important thing that I took from my time in the RAF and the life skills developed have served a far greater purpose.

  

“I left the service in 2005 after having my first child. As the end of my maternity leave approached, I started to look for a move back into aviation. That next opportunity was with JetCare joining the engine gas path analysis team.  Gas Path Analysis is a tool used for engine performance monitoring and targets the detection of engine core deterioration.  We were able to identify potential engine performance issues by comparing trend data against in-house engine models.  This was then reported back to the customer which enabled them to act which could reduce maintenance costs and stay operational

 

“My next move was into helicopters. I started with Cobham helicopter services in July 2017 in the tech records department.  I enjoyed the insight into the tech records role this job offered me.  The company worked closely with the RAF at Shawbury and looked after the training helicopters they used.  Working with a small focused team provided opportunities to see most parts of the business. 

 

“I was made aware of 2Excel through my current line manager who contacted me about a role he thought I would be interested in.  In October 2018 I made the move to 2Excel as the team’s Production Planner – a role which I was excited by, and I haven’t looked back. Teamwork and the people here is what I enjoy the most about coming into work each day. 

 

“My main role is to prepare and administer the ‘Work Packs’ for each Aircraft Input, depending on the job requirements at the time. This can be a very busy role as we offer flexibility with our customers, and sometimes, aircraft will come in with limited notice; but I enjoy the challenge.   

 

“Day-to-day, I provide support to the check manager to ensure the aircraft check progresses effectively – which ultimately means to budget and timescales.  

 

“Just recently, I joined the Check Management Unit. My role largely remains the same, but the work processes as more streamlined.  In February, I completed my first planned aircraft input on G-POWS which was delivered on time and on budget and gained some great feedback from our customer, Titan Airways.

 

“To be asked to feature in a company video was a great opportunity for me talk about the great work the company does and I’m always keen to talk about the different careers available in aviation.  

 

“When time permits, outside of work I enjoy playing netball and I currently play for RAF Odiham netball team in a local Basingstoke league.” 

Spotlight on: Benedict Smith, Management Board Support Officer

With more than 60 years of engineering excellence, 2Excel Engineering’s employees are critical to ensuring our business remains flexible, agile and widely respected. Our employees allow us to redeliver aircraft on time and within budget, cementing our position as an MRO partner of choice.  

Today, we are shining the spotlight on Benedict Smith, 2Excel Engineering’s Management Board Support Officer. 

Q         What qualifications do you have? 

I have a degree in Audio Music Technology (Audio Engineering) from Anglia Ruskin University.  I am a Safety Investigator and approved Auditor.  

Q         How did you get into your industry? Why did you choose this career path? 

After university, I worked for a precision engineering company in the oil and gas industry. I then set up my own manufacturing company in the audio sector before moving to a start an aviation services company where I took the rolas Quality Manager. I worked with them for two years, developing a Part 145 compliant quality management and safety system from scratch.  

Q         What are your biggest accomplishments and challenges during your career, to date? 

My biggest accomplishment has been setting up my own company and selling my share after a year and a half of growth. I learnt so much about the business world through the process of setting up and growing a self-funded company. It helped me to learn communication and management skills that I have been able to apply in my jobs since. 

Q         How did you hear about 2Excel? And what encouraged you to apply for a job with the company? 

I knew of 2Excel as I have been flying gliders at Lasham for several years. Additionally, the company I worked for previously was a supplier to 2Excel. I joined as a Project Coordinator working on re-writing the company’s technical procedure manual. This project has evolved several times due to regulation changes and company reconfiguration.   

Q         Tell us more about your day-to-day job(s), and what this entails. 

I work with managers to help communicate and write a variety of technical documents. Recently, I have been involved with various projects to help improve 3D modelling based planning tools that the company uses for aircraft parking and hangar use. This is something that we are looking at optimising as the demand for aircraft parking continues.   

Q         Please tell us more about a particular project you’re currently working supporting and how does it fit within the wider business?  

Over the last few weeks, I have been working with our in-house calibration technician to develop a series of procedures and processes to build on our extensive capabilities. We have been looking at which tools are used most frequently to ensure that we keep calibration work inhouse to minimise the unavailability of tooling.  

Q         Please list your hobbies and interests and any professional industry groups you are a member of. 

Outside of work, I enjoy flying and cycling. I am involved in running gliding competitions around the country and am part of the team working to organise the Women’s World Gliding Championships which is being held in the UK for the first time in 2022. One of the key aims of this event is to act as an inspiration to young people who are interested in a career in aviation as well as other STEM careers.  

Q         What advice would you give to the younger generation about a career in aerospace engineering? What makes your job interesting? 

I wish that I had learnt more about options relating to apprenticeships when I was at school. I believe it’s the best way to start a career in aviation due to the variety of areas that you get the chance to experience. My job is interesting due to the wide range of projects that I get to tackle, each day presents a new challenge. One day can be spent working with a department or team to develop a new procedure, the next day I can be out on the airfield helping our ground handling team to depart an aircraft after maintenance. 

2Excel Engineering’s New Customer

2EXCEL ENGINEERING’S NEW CUSTOMER

Lasham Airfield, UK, 3 March 2021  Following the end of the Brexit Transition PeriodHampshire-based Maintenance and Repair Organisation (MRO) 2Excel Engineering has welcomed a new customer from Europe 

The service-oriented MRO for Boeing and Airbus narrowed-body aircraft has signed a maintenance agreement with Avion Express for its Lithuanian and Maltese registered aircraftBetween February and April 2021, three Avion Express A320 and A321 aircraft will undergo deep maintenance C-Checks and up to six-year structural tasks at 2Excel Engineering’s Lasham site.  

In spite of the uncertainties of Covid-19 and Brexit, this new European customer is a welcome addition to the MRO’s growing customer base which includes lessors, private owners and airline operators from across the UK, EuropeRussia, the United States, the Middle East and Africa. 

Matt Caswell, 2Excel Engineering’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “Following receipt of 2Excel Engineering’s EASA Third Country Part 145 Approval on 1 January 2021we’re delighted to welcome our first post-Brexit European operator, Avion Express, to Lasham. This is positive news for everyone on site. 

After months of turmoil dealing with the effects of the pandemic on the aviation industry, I speak for everyone at 2Excel Engineering in saying that we are delighted to have secured this ‘normal’ deep engineering work for a European operator that is still flying. Our four large aircraft bays are all very busy. 

“Weve taken delivery of the first two in a line of three Airbus aircraft from Avion Express and we’re due to complete the first input early this month after its six-year structural inspection and C-check. 2Excel Engineering is well equipped for Avion Express and similar operators which require a wide variety of work completed reliably, swiftly and well so they can get back in the air quickly, sure in the knowledge that their aircraft will stay serviceable for the long term. Thanks to our highly skilled engineers, flexible facilities and capable back shops, were able to return aircraft back to our customers repeatedly, checks completedefects rectified, on time and within budget. That’s why our customers come back to us year after year. 

We look forward to strengthening our relationship with Avion Express for many years to come.” 

About 2Excel Engineering Ltd

Since taking over the MRO business based at Lasham Airfield in Hampshire five years ago, 2Excel Engineering has been transforming it to be relevant, respected and fit for the modern world. Delivering service-oriented maintenance to operators and owners, leasing companies and governments, the Company boasts four large aircraft bays and parking for up to 30 airliners, as well as two bays for lighter aircraft (up to King Air size), excellent non-destructive testing (NDT) capabilities and a full range of back shops with highly-skilled, experienced, specialist engineers. 

Spotlight on: George Turcu

Spotlight Profile on: George Turcu Profile, 2Excel Engineering’s Compliance Manager 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, George. I moved to the UK in 2014 from Romania. Prior to Covid, I was going home monthly to visit family and friends. I have a great social circle both in both countries.

How did your career start? I have been in aviation since I finished University. I wanted to develop my horizon and explore my full potential, so in 2014 I moved to Coventry to work for Atlantic Airlines.  In 2015, the company made the decision to move some of its offices to Sweden but that did not fit my future plans, so I started to look for another role in the UK. I was then drawn to the former ATC Lasham. 

I began at Lasham just before 2Excel acquired the MRO in late 2015, and I started at 2Excel Engineering in January 2016 managing documentation for the company during the administration period. I’ve been 2Excel’s Compliance Manager ever since and I have seen a lot of great change in five years. 

Have you always been interested in Aviation? Yes. I finished university in 2004, achieving a degree in aeronautical engineering and I was put in contact with a private business that operated helicopters, working there for around eight years. I have worked in aviation since 2006 so I have been in the industry for around 15 years. 

Tell us more about your role. My role consists of continuous monitoring of the organisation level of compliance with the Aviation regulation through audits, company staff approvals and competencies; as well as keeping the organisation up to date with regulation requirements. Helping implement these requirements is a crucial part of my role. These processes ensure that 2Excel Engineering continues to run smoothly.  

For example, last year we put in place a new system which allows us to issue company authorisation to our licenced engineers and increase flexibility, suiting our company needs. This made the system paper-free and easy to use whilst continuing to keep our staff properly authorised and also migrating the entire data base into the new system.  

Due to the fluidity of staff – because of Covid’s impact on the aviation industry – I had to ensure that the organisation maintained its compliance during these difficult times and as we return to a level of normality. Rather than face-to-face sample checks, now things are done by virtual meetings, live feeds, document checks and feedback questionnaires. Additionally, staggered visits at certain locations to avoid direct physical contact.  

Now into 2021, the challenge is brought by the necessity that both our Safety and Compliance must be compatible with both UK CAA and EASA.  

Up to December 2020, I had one audit plan covering EASA requirements, but now we need to split for both authorities, and this will keep me and my colleagues in Safety and Training departments very busy… 

What are the biggest challenges for the Compliance Department? Human factors will always be the driving factor in all our activity; therefore, we work hard with our internal teams to manage and evaluate processes in order to best fit the end user. Processes and procedures, simple or complex, have to take into account the human who uses them. 

Our procedures are developed together with the shop floor workers. They are not done in an office and then just imposed on the end users. They are written and dissected to the last comma with our colleagues who will use them in the end. 

What are your 2Excel achievements? I think the biggest success is that we have kept going and at the same time have adapted. And despite all the challenges with Brexit and the pandemic, we have continually raised our standards. 

The most visible successes are the aircraft leaving from Lasham knowing that we’ve all been a cog in the system and played a part in returning that aircraft to its customer after a job well done (and safe and compliant!). 

We have only moved forward. 

2Excel bades farewell to United Airlines ‘N2301U’

2Excel bades farewell to United Airlines ‘N2301U’.

 

On the 18th February, the team at 2Excel Engineering bade farewell to ex-easyJet Airbus A319 G-EZIM, now known by its new registration N2301U. The aircraft is now en-route to the United States flown by a United Airlines crew [pictured].

As the Airbus A319 and its crew departed Lasham Airfield, a 5,260-mile journey began. The aircraft is bound for Goodyear in the USA for storage. G-EZIM is the fourth Airbus A319 being delivered from Lasham for leasing company Aircastle for onward delivery to United Airlines. 

The aircraft had originally arrived at Lasham on 17th  of August having been withdrawn from service by easyJet. It was stored until mid-November when it entered the hangar for its end of lease Maintenance Check. Following completion of the check, G-EZIM successfully performed a demonstration flight on the 21st of January for owner, Aircastle, and new operator, United Airlines. In this instance, the flight was conducted over East Anglia and included an ILS approach and go around at Norwich Airport to check that the Autoland & ILS systems were fully operational.

Within days of completion of the flight, the aircraft was re-registered by the 2Excel Engineering team, which included application of new registration markings and changes to the identity of the aircraft’s air to ground communications data.

Our team wishes the United Airlines crew a safe onward journey. 

Thank you to all those involved.

 

 

*Map is for illustration purposes only. 
 

EASA APPROVAL AND A NEW CUSTOMER FOR LASHAM’S MRO

2021 BRINGS EASA APPROVAL AND A NEW CUSTOMER FOR LASHAM’S MRO 

The New Year has undoubtedly brought more challenges with it; the MRO industry and wider aviation sector continues to battle to retain and secure its customer basesnot to mention the complications associated with the UK’s departure from the European Union. However, perseverance, flexibility and remaining agile to the changing nature of the pandemic are traits embedded in 2Excel Engineering.  

The New Year also brought some good news: The approval of 2EE’s EASA certificate.  

2Excel Engineering has held aEASA MRO Approval since the business started on the 4th of January 2016Prior to ‘Brexit’, this approval allowed 2Excel to maintain aircraft from all over Europe – or any country that accepted EASA airworthiness standards.   

Compliance Manager, George Turcu, tells us more: The impending challenge presented by ‘Brexit meant that we could have been in a situation where our only approval would restrict us to G-Registered aircraft and we may have lost the legal rights to work on other aircraft from other parts of the world, and Europe especially. 

This EASA approval has reversed this worry and we have two certificates – meaning we are now back to where we were before Brexit, our engineering capabilities remain the sameIn terms of what we can provide to our existing and new customers, nothing has changed. The approval allows us to remain on the European and global market and provide the same quality services to everyone. News we are thankful for as, even though the UK market was fruitfulwe were receiving aircraft from all over Europe and the Middle East – important markets for us. 

Last year’s EASA Audit was conducted by the UK CAA, which acted on behalf of EASA. George continues: At some point soon, we will be audited by both authorities, UK CAA and EASA themselves and a large proportion of my job will be to ensure that our organisation is ready and prepared and both audits will go smoothly. Whilst we have demonstrated our potential to UK CAA, we need to maintain and even increase our high standards of compliance to satisfy both authorities in this new situation, which can only increase our reputation on the markets. 

The EASA Approval also means that there will be no customs difficulties. The services and commercial issues between Europe and UK remain similar following the agreement – in other words, business as usual. More so, earlier this month, 2Excel Engineering welcomed its first European based customer following the end of the Brexit transition. 

Map is for illustration purposes only.  
Our scope and geographical range of approvals means our customer base is varied. 

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