Airframe Designs is a premier engineering company specialising in aerospace design services for the aviation, defence, and space industries. 

There is a constant need for design innovations in our primary sectors and we aim to meet challenges and provide solutions, with a focus on safe, effective, or performance-enhancing designs.  

In this blog, we are taking a closer look at some of the aerospace sectors we provide design services for, alongside some of the specific projects we have worked on.  

image of a team member from Air Frame Designs working on a computerAbout Airframe Designs 

Founded over 10 years ago, Airframe Designs provides aerospace design services to a range of customers, mostly in the aviation, defence, and space sectors. 

Based in Blackpool, our design team works from our state-of-the-art advanced engineering and manufacturing facility for a host of customers around the world. We’re committed to engineering excellence, innovation, and client satisfaction. You can read what our customers have to say about us here 

Meeting The Design Demands Of The Aerospace Industry 

Our expertise in aerospace design spans all sectors of the aviation sector from commercial aircraft to specialist military craft, and more. The design demands of the sector are driven by a combination of safety, performance, efficiency, regulatory compliance, and innovation.  

Our design team can rise to a wide range of design challenges in the industry, including but not limited to:  

  • Airframe Design Optimisation 
  • Mechanical System Intergration 
  • Weapon System Intergration
  • Engineering Trade Studies

We also design with cost efficiency, human factors, and environmental considerations, in mind to ensure our solutions meet the high demands of the industry, pilots, and international concerns around climate.  

Below are a few of the specific areas of the aerospace industry we are involved in, and some example projects we have worked on.  

Expertise in Aviation Design 

Image of a Falcon 50

Our design capabilities in aviation see us working on diverse projects across a range of craft including commercial aircraft, private jets, and rotorcraft.  

The projects we work on are as varied as the craft we work with, and range from a galley complex relocation on an AIRBUS A330 to helping revolutionise helicopter pilot visibility with the Swiss Rotor Solutions Maximum Pilot View Kit (MPVK). 

Excellence in Defence Solutions 

Our contributions to aerospace design in the defence and military sectors meet and exceed the requirements needed by the sector including stealth, agility, and mission-specific functionality.  

For example, we assisted GVH Aerospace with the design of a multi-weapon mount to carry various types of general purpose machine guns in the cabin of a military helicopter. 

We also assisted with the design and development of a Mid-Life Upgrade for a fleet of Westland WS-61 Sea King helicopters, in partnership with Tenencia Aerospace Design.  

Pioneering In The Space Sector 

In addition to the aviation and defence sectors, we have also worked on specialist projects in the space sector.  

One notable example is the support we provided towards the design of tooling required for the manufacture and transportation of ASTRIUM Galileo Satellite structures. 

Our Comprehensive Aerospace Design Services 

At Airframe Designs, our comprehensive aerospace design services go above and beyond. Our design capability spans mechanical structure, tooling, and test rigs, and our team bring extensive experience in CAD modelling from concept to first article inspection. Our team are also experienced in the gated design review process and is familiar with the design steps from concept through PDR, CDR and FDR. 

We’re particularly proud of our turn-key solutions and our ability to not only design, but also carry out analysis, and bring solutions to life through our manufacturing capabilities.  

Our Collaborative Approach To Design  

Collaboration is key to success in many of our projects, and our team are dynamic enough to work well with other teams across a wide range of sectors.  

We actively listen to our client’s problems and then leverage our expertise, and theirs to create outstanding solutions. This collaborative approach means our customers are involved each step of the way and make significant contributions towards the finished product or solution.  

We have worked with an impressive lineup of partners, which includes BAE Systems, Airbus, Boeing, Raytheon, Draken Europe, and more.  

Innovation and Future-Readiness 

Staying at the forefront of what we do is vital as technology advances and our customers’ needs become more challenging. We stay at the forefront of aerospace design by embracing emerging technologies and trends, plus analysing the issues our customers encounter.  

Our team members are all committed to continuous learning, research, and development to address the future design demands of the aerospace industry.  

We’re also members of several institutions and bodies that are relevant to the aerospace industry, such as the Royal Aeronautical Society and ADS.  These memberships ensure we can frequently learn from and hear others in our community and stay on top of aeronautical developments.  

Contact Airframe Designs To Discuss Your Aerospace Design Project  

We hope this blog has given you a little bit of insight into our design services in the aerospace sector. Of course, we can’t cover everything in an article, this is more of an overview and many of our design projects are very specific to our clients and their needs.  

If you have any questions or would like to partner on a project, please don’t hesitate to contact us and a member of the team will be happy to assist.