P&M Aviation was formed in 2003 following the merger of Mainair Sports and Pegasus Aviation; two small UK microlight manufacturers during the late 1990's. Since those early days, P&M is now recognised as one of the leading light aviation companies in the world producing an exciting range of flexwing aircraft that meet or exceed the exacting requirements of the British Civil Aviation Authority. The toughest certification standard in the world today. During this time P&M aircraft have collected many design awards as well as achieving numerous world records. These include World Champions, European Champions, First around the world, First solo to Australia and South Africa, as well as the first flexwing aircraft to fly over Mount Everest. Drawing on the expertise and knowledge gained in over a quarter of a century of microlight aviation design, P&M is at the cutting edge of design using the latest technology to offer the ultimate flying experience.
We are delighted to announce that Andrew Cranfield has stepped in as our new Chairman. He was active in the very early days of hang gliding; designing and test flying his own designs. Following his engineering degree, he worked as a helicopter design engineer and started microlighting with dodgy foot launched powered hang gliders, eventually progressing onto safer trike based flexwing machines. He even built a human powered helicopter and still retains a strong interest in human powered flight. Following post graduate specialisation in manufacturing management, he has held senior operating positions in aerospace, engineering and other businesses. He now has a portfolio career and is on the board of a number of different companies.
Meanwhile as a result of Jim Cunliffe stepping back, Neil Dykes, is now filling Jim's role in managing Rochdale part time. The rest of the time he runs his own composite structures business specializing in carbon fibre tubes and filament winding machines. He lives in the same village as Jim, who continues to take an interest. Neil has owned a variety of aircraft including a Pegasus Quasar, typhoon tri-pacer, puma sprint, stryker tripacer, T31 glider, T7 glider, Hovey whing ding, weedhopper, Cessna 150, Cessna 172, FRED 3, chipmunk, tipsy nipper and a Jet Provost T3 XM424, (which now flies with the Classic Flight) to name but a few.
Oh yes, Neil also has a Spitfire MkVIII project - which is a very, very long term rebuild
Neil also worked alongside Bill Brooks (P&M Technical Director) at Cranfield University whilst doing PhD research in composite aircraft structures.
Meanwhile both our factories are as busy as ever.
Photo shows our Rochdale factory
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