Proud to win queens award

Air Covers wins Queen’s Award

Press release

April 21, 2020

Air Covers Ltd, a leading specialist in the design of bespoke protective covers for the aerospace and marine sector, is proud to have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade 2020.

These Awards are the most prestigious award a UK company can receive. Her Majesty The Queen approves the winners, which recognises companies of all sizes.

“We are delighted to have been chosen for this award,” said John Pattinson, Managing Director.  “It is a great mark of recognition for the outstanding work our team does for clients, large and small, around the world every day. It is a moment to step back and see how far we have come.”

Air Covers, based in Wrexham, North Wales, was founded by husband and wife team John and Sasha Pattinson in 2006. Their first customer was for the smallest piston helicopter. Today, they make covers for everything from Apache helicopters to commercial airliners.  In 2019 Air Covers supplied protective covers to 29 countries.

The business supports military, emergency services, commercial and private aircraft sectors, the off-shore industry and superyachts.  As well as being a regular supplier to the UK MoD, Air Covers has a diverse customer list, which includes Air Forces in Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy and the Middle East, along with prominent helicopter operators including Bristow, CHC and Babcock.  In the corporate market Starspeed Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation Group, and Luviair are long established customers.

Air Covers protects every component part of a helicopter, fixed wing airplane or superyacht.   Its products reduce the cost of maintenance and increase equipment availability, as well as aiding safety.  Field tests by the military in Afghanistan, Italy and Saudi Arabia have shown the exceptional user benefits.

As the predominant leader in helicopters, Air Covers has designed covers for every single helicopter type in the western fleet, from the Robinson R22 to the Kaman K-MAX.  Working closely with OEM’s or MRO’s engineering teams and private owners, Air Covers laser scans aircraft and designs protection for every potential user requirement.  A customer sends a photograph of their aircraft and in the same day the team sends back a 3D definition exactly matching the antennae and airframe.  Its CNC machines cut out fabrics to create a fully customised product.  Working with laser technology has enabled Air Covers to significantly reduce lead times for cover delivery.  “We are project managers and textile engineers. Giving the most demanding customer bespoke quality and delivering in a short lead time is what drives our company. We are very proud of the support we give.” says John Pattinson.

“Air Covers wishes to thank the Department for International Trade and the Welsh Government for their support.  We work closely with both.  As an SME with just 12 employees, we represent the backbone of Great British business and are proud to be in demand across the world.” says Sasha Pattinson.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the UK. The awards were first established in 1965.  The awards celebrate the success of exciting and innovative businesses which are leading the way with pioneering products or services, delivering impressive social mobility programmes or showing their commitment to excellent sustainable development practices.

During the 2020 lockdown, Air Covers is using its advanced CNC cutting capabilities to work for the NHS supply chain.

 

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A chance meeting at sea in the Chilean Fjords

A chance meeting at sea in the Chilean Fjords

Loris Pattinson chance meeting with Peter Wilson of 3JR at sea in the Chilean Fjords.

The son of Air Covers’ founders, Loris, sailing solo northbound through the Chilean Fjords had a spectacular chance meeting with Peter who is circumnavigating S America. Air Covers have provided Peter Wilson of @threejourneysround with covers to protect him from the extremes of climate he faces. Follow him @threejourneysround on FB

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Airbus Helicopters France & Kit-Aero visit to Air Covers

Airbus Helicopters France and Kit-Aero visit their helicopter cover manufacturer Air Covers in Wrexham. The project team for the new Airbus H160 helicopter has selected Air Covers to supply environmental protective covers. The team was given a tour of the Air Covers workshops and design office before taking delivery of the first H160 cockpit, cabin, rotorhead and Fenestron covers for the revolutionary new aircraft due for certification in 2019.

“The H160 opens a new chapter in the history of Airbus. Joining the helicopter product range between the H145 and the H175, this innovative medium helicopter becomes the first member of the H generation. The entire design was based on one overriding goal: to create added value for customers in terms of performance, economic competitiveness, safety and comfort. Both cleaner and quieter, the H160 takes a step forward in respect for the environment. The H160 entry into service is planned for 2019.” Airbus