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Celebrations as firm reaches 25 years at the top

Staff at Deltair in Waterlooville celebrate their 25th year with a vintage French aero engine they are currently restoring. (left to right),  Dave McEwan, Paul Taylor and Doug Gravestock.
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142453-1)

Staff at Deltair in Waterlooville celebrate their 25th year with a vintage French aero engine they are currently restoring. (left to right), Dave McEwan, Paul Taylor and Doug Gravestock. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142453-1)

 

WHAT started out as colleagues coming together when they saw a gap in the market has led to an international firm celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

The directors of Deltair Airmotive Ltd in Waterlooville want the company to expand in the future.

Peter House, one of the directors and chief engineer, said: ‘This is our 25th year. We were originally based in Fareham and then we got moved off by property developers and bought this place about 11 years ago.

‘We are an aeroengine, propeller and accessory shop. We do work for pretty much everybody here. Every country you can think of. We have an engine going back to America, a French engine, a couple from Germany, one from Ireland and another from Papua New Guinea.

‘We have engines from all over the place. Our work is pretty worldwide.

‘We work on all sorts of planes. Our bread and butter work tends to be flying schools, freight aircraft, border patrol and fisheries protection fleet. They are all heavily-used engines so we get them back quite a lot. We do it for the British government, Irish, Icelandic and a few other places.

‘Flying schools in particular work with us. We have got the owner of the biggest Scandinavian school coming to see us to look at a contract for work out there. We do a lot of work for the Royal Navy.

‘We are the biggest independent engine overhaul facility in Europe. There’s nobody else as big as us.

‘We do all sorts; if there’s an aircraft flying over you there is a good chance it has something on there from Deltair, whether that’s the engine prop or one of our accessories.’

Alongside the workshop, the company has a manufacturing area, too, Deltair Development Engineering, which opened three years ago.

In the future, the directors say they want to take on more engineers and apprentices.

They also hope to expand the business but have said they currently do not have enough space for their plans.

 

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