We pride ourselves on keeping customers happy in terms of response time, flexibility, delivery, cost and overall customer experience. This is balanced against ensuring we maintain professional integrity, meet the necessary aviation safety standards, and fulfil the necessary levels of independence in compliance demonstration and verification.

We encourage our customers to provide regular feedback so we can continually improve our services.

Below you can read about what our customers are saying about AFD…

“This task was technically challenging and required an experienced engineer to visit Indianapolis (USA) to survey the airframe and collect the necessary data to perform the analysis. AFD stepped up to the plate, responding quickly with the resource and experience to deliver the entire task for a competitive price, within the project timelines, and to the satisfaction of the airworthiness authority.”

Peter Gaughan | Managing Director, STC Twenty One

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2020-07-20T14:03:37+01:00

Peter Gaughan | Managing Director, STC Twenty One

“This task was technically challenging and required an experienced engineer to visit Indianapolis (USA) to survey the airframe and collect the necessary data to perform the analysis. AFD stepped up to the plate, responding quickly with the resource and experience to deliver the entire task for a competitive price, within the project timelines, and to the satisfaction of the airworthiness authority.”

“We engaged AFD on the Human External Cargo programme at a critical point when EASA had just begun to scrutinise our first STC application for the Load Carrying System / Basket Type 1. At this time AHUK faced a number of technical challenges and simply put, AFD offered quick and effective support; working as a team with us to resolve some challenging technical problems, enabling confidence to be built between AHUK and EASA at panel level, and ultimately leading to a successful STC application.”

Gordon Bailey | Chief Designer, AIRBUS Helicopters UK

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2020-07-20T14:02:52+01:00

Gordon Bailey | Chief Designer, AIRBUS Helicopters UK

“We engaged AFD on the Human External Cargo programme at a critical point when EASA had just begun to scrutinise our first STC application for the Load Carrying System / Basket Type 1. At this time AHUK faced a number of technical challenges and simply put, AFD offered quick and effective support; working as a team with us to resolve some challenging technical problems, enabling confidence to be built between AHUK and EASA at panel level, and ultimately leading to a successful STC application.”

“AFD was able to bring extensive experience in composite design and structural testing to a complex programme. During the test campaign, the AFD CVE/Witness diligently carried out their duty to ensure test article conformity, and to execute the test in accordance with the Test Plan intent. Post‐test, AFD was able to process the results and deliver the required documents without delay, enabling GVH to receive the Supplemental Type Certificate in a timely manner.”

Jaco Loubser | Project Manager, GVH Aerospace

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2020-07-20T14:11:09+01:00

Jaco Loubser | Project Manager, GVH Aerospace

“AFD was able to bring extensive experience in composite design and structural testing to a complex programme. During the test campaign, the AFD CVE/Witness diligently carried out their duty to ensure test article conformity, and to execute the test in accordance with the Test Plan intent. Post‐test, AFD was able to process the results and deliver the required documents without delay, enabling GVH to receive the Supplemental Type Certificate in a timely manner.”

“AFD gave excellent service in all areas. When they joined the team the means of compliance for the structural airworthiness requirements were being re‐negotiated internationally. AFD quickly rationalised the HEC requirements and proposed a clear strategy for the strength substantiation and compliance demonstration, convincing EASA specialists in the process.”

Leon Winnert | DO Project Manager, AeroDAC

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2020-07-20T14:12:31+01:00

Leon Winnert | DO Project Manager, AeroDAC

“AFD gave excellent service in all areas. When they joined the team the means of compliance for the structural airworthiness requirements were being re‐negotiated internationally. AFD quickly rationalised the HEC requirements and proposed a clear strategy for the strength substantiation and compliance demonstration, convincing EASA specialists in the process.”

“AFD provided a team of structural specialists that enabled the efficient and cost effective delivery of our seat certification structural test programmes. Their professionalism, dedication, and diligence built confidence with EASA and ultimately guided the certification plans towards successful outcomes.”

Gary Doy | Director, Design Q

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2020-07-20T14:04:03+01:00

Gary Doy | Director, Design Q

“AFD provided a team of structural specialists that enabled the efficient and cost effective delivery of our seat certification structural test programmes. Their professionalism, dedication, and diligence built confidence with EASA and ultimately guided the certification plans towards successful outcomes.”

“Following on from a successful certification campaign for HEC Basket Types 1 to 3 and the associated Load Carrying System it was decided to award AFD a contract to perform the analysis on Basket Type 4A, arguably the most technically challenging of the six types. AFD demonstrated they had the technical ability, toolset, and resource to compile, check and verify the entire analysis. They worked in partnership with our designers to finalise in a timely manner the design, ready for submission to EASA.”

Gordon Bailey | Chief Designer, AIRBUS Helicopters UK

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2020-07-20T14:10:52+01:00

Gordon Bailey | Chief Designer, AIRBUS Helicopters UK

“Following on from a successful certification campaign for HEC Basket Types 1 to 3 and the associated Load Carrying System it was decided to award AFD a contract to perform the analysis on Basket Type 4A, arguably the most technically challenging of the six types. AFD demonstrated they had the technical ability, toolset, and resource to compile, check and verify the entire analysis. They worked in partnership with our designers to finalise in a timely manner the design, ready for submission to EASA.”

“The upgrade to the Sea King fleet was very challenging with a high level of scrutiny from the Military Authority. Installing a radar scanner that was heavier than anything ever installed previously posed significant challenges to the stress team but through close cooperation with Tenencia design engineers a workable solution evolved that was ultimately accepted by the customer. AFD has supported Tenencia for more than a decade, providing a highly effective offering for all of our structural certification needs across aircraft and rotorcraft.”

Paul Johnson | Managing Director, Tenencia Aerospace Design

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2020-08-03T21:47:10+01:00

Paul Johnson | Managing Director, Tenencia Aerospace Design

“The upgrade to the Sea King fleet was very challenging with a high level of scrutiny from the Military Authority. Installing a radar scanner that was heavier than anything ever installed previously posed significant challenges to the stress team but through close cooperation with Tenencia design engineers a workable solution evolved that was ultimately accepted by the customer. AFD has supported Tenencia for more than a decade, providing a highly effective offering for all of our structural certification needs across aircraft and rotorcraft.”

“AFD had already successfully contributed to this VIP upgrade with the substantiation for a Galley Complex relocation so it was a natural step to invite AFD to undertake the overall fatigue and damage tolerance assessment, covering all installations. The methods proposed by AFD used expert knowledge from a former AIRBUS F&DT specialist and followed a logical and easy to follow workflow that enabled efficient approval from both the customer and the authority.”

Simon Gaughan | Lead Mechanical Engineer, STC Twenty One

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2020-07-20T14:12:49+01:00

Simon Gaughan | Lead Mechanical Engineer, STC Twenty One

“AFD had already successfully contributed to this VIP upgrade with the substantiation for a Galley Complex relocation so it was a natural step to invite AFD to undertake the overall fatigue and damage tolerance assessment, covering all installations. The methods proposed by AFD used expert knowledge from a former AIRBUS F&DT specialist and followed a logical and easy to follow workflow that enabled efficient approval from both the customer and the authority.”

“AFD provided structural specialists with experience in the application of empirical formulae for the assessment of bird impact forces. Extensive dialogue between AFD, Cobham, STC21, and the authorities (EASA and FAA) resulted in agreement on the Certification Plan and proposed Means of Compliance, leading to a successful STC application.”

Alastair Erskine | Head of Design, STC Twenty One

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2020-07-20T14:11:29+01:00

Alastair Erskine | Head of Design, STC Twenty One

“AFD provided structural specialists with experience in the application of empirical formulae for the assessment of bird impact forces. Extensive dialogue between AFD, Cobham, STC21, and the authorities (EASA and FAA) resulted in agreement on the Certification Plan and proposed Means of Compliance, leading to a successful STC application.”

“AFD was engaged from start to finish in our Taipan Gun Mount programme, providing reliable specialist support in the Structures Topic. During both the prototype and serial production phases, AFD supported both GVH UK and GVH AU in solving complex strength issues, preparing the ground for a successful certification campaign. AFD offer a Turn-Key Structures solution for EASA DOAs by providing a team of experienced Stress Engineers backed up by independent Compliance Verification Engineers (CVEs).”

Gareth Dyer | CEO, GVH Aerospace

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2020-07-20T14:03:16+01:00

Gareth Dyer | CEO, GVH Aerospace

“AFD was engaged from start to finish in our Taipan Gun Mount programme, providing reliable specialist support in the Structures Topic. During both the prototype and serial production phases, AFD supported both GVH UK and GVH AU in solving complex strength issues, preparing the ground for a successful certification campaign. AFD offer a Turn-Key Structures solution for EASA DOAs by providing a team of experienced Stress Engineers backed up by independent Compliance Verification Engineers (CVEs).”

“AFD was selected owing to their product knowledge and track record in delivering similar work to a high standard. AFD has always delivered on schedule and offer an acceptable pricing model.”

Gary Wells | Chief Stress Engineer, Héroux-Devtek

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2020-07-20T14:04:42+01:00

Gary Wells | Chief Stress Engineer, Héroux-Devtek

“AFD was selected owing to their product knowledge and track record in delivering similar work to a high standard. AFD has always delivered on schedule and offer an acceptable pricing model.”

“We awarded the monument stress analysis to AFD owing to their extensive experience and knowledge in analysing this kind of structure and their pro-active approach to resolving technical difficulties often encountered in the design phase. The added value of using AFD was their pre-existing relationship with our customer (the DOA) enabling AFD to compile, check and verify the structural substantiation.”

Kevin Hann | Head of Design, RAS Interiors

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2020-07-20T14:12:12+01:00

Kevin Hann | Head of Design, RAS Interiors

“We awarded the monument stress analysis to AFD owing to their extensive experience and knowledge in analysing this kind of structure and their pro-active approach to resolving technical difficulties often encountered in the design phase. The added value of using AFD was their pre-existing relationship with our customer (the DOA) enabling AFD to compile, check and verify the structural substantiation.”
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