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Air Partner PLC Acquisition of Safeskys Limited

Air Partner's Consulting & Training division acquires leading provider of Environmental and Air Traffic Control services to UK & International airports

Air Partner plc ("Air Partner"), the global aviation services group, is pleased to announce the acquisition of SafeSkys Limited ("SafeSkys"), a leading Environmental and Air Traffic Control services provider to UK & International airports.

The acquisition has been funded from Air Partner's existing cash resources, aligns to Air Partner's long-term strategy and objectives, and is expected to be earnings enhancing in its first full year of ownership. SafeSkys reported revenue of c. £1.8m for the year ended 31 July 2016.

SafeSkys was founded in 1993 by Richard Barber, and over the past 24 years of his ownership, has grown to be recognised as a leading provider of Environmental and Air Traffic Control services working across 16 civilian and military airports in the UK, employing over 80 trained staff working every day onsite at the customer airport.


SafeSkys is a global leader in Wildlife Hazard Management & Bird Control Services with experience and expertise built up over 24 years serving the needs of civil and military customers. The environmental habitat is a real and constant risk to an airport environment, both ground and air, and all international airports must comply with International Civil Aviation Organisation ("ICAO") regulations making bird-strike reporting mandatory.

SafeSkys Consulting & Training activity delivers a range of services such as ICAO 13km Surveys and Wildlife Hazard Management Plans ("WHMP"), reports necessary for international airports to comply with regulations and advising on preventative measures to control future bird strikes and other wildlife risks. Consulting & Training projects are undertaken internationally.

Air Traffic Control (ATC) Services

SafeSkys holds European Regulation (EC) 1035/2011 status as an Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP). This is regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority Safety & Airspace Regulation Group (UK CAA SARG).

As an accredited ANSP with equal experience of serving the needs of civil and military customers for over 24 years, SafeSkys is able to provide the complete turnkey package for Airport ATC Services, whether an individual ATC Officer, Flight Information Service Officers or ATC engineers to manage ATC communications and navigation aids. SafeSkys currently provides turnkey ATC Services at three UK airports.

As part of Air Partner's Consulting & Training division, SafeSkys ATC and Environmental activities will extend the groups capabilities, scale and international presence in Aviation Safety, and is highly complementary to our activities in aviation regulation, compliance and safety management and fatigue risk management. Once integrated SafeSkys will rebrand as Air Partner SafeSkys and will benefit from Air Partner's long term management approach, financial strength and transparency and global office infrastructure.

Taurus London acted as Lead Adviser to Air Partner plc.

Mark Briffa, Chief Executive of Air Partner, said: "SafeSkys has built a great reputation providing Environmental and Air Traffic Control services to UK and international airports. I am delighted to welcome Richard Barber and the SafeSkys staff and customers to the Air Partner group. SafeSkys specialist activities in sectors core to Aviation Safety, and the teams passion and customer focus make SafeSkys a great acquisition for Air Partner, adding to our capabilities in managed services, consulting & training, and extending our activities with the Airport customers. We look forward to supporting SafeSkys UK and International growth in the years ahead with investment in organic initiatives and complementary acquisition."

Richard Barber, Founder and CEO of SafeSkys, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for the great team at SafeSkys and for our customers, and it is a natural development for the company after 24 years of successful operation and growth at the forefront of the industry. I am delighted that we join a global aviation services group which shares our passion for delivering world class customer services and excellence in Aviation Safety. We are confident that Air Partner's long term strategy and approach, their global office infrastructure, financial strength and transparency will enable us to enhance our offering and develop the business even further."

SafeSkys 24th Anniversary

SafeSkys marks the start of it's 24th anniversary year on Tuesday 5th July 2017

SafeSkys Secures A Further 3 Years Contract For The Royal Air Force.
SafeSkys is pleased to announce that we have secured a contract for a further 3 years, with the option of a further 2 years, for Airfield Wildlife Control for the Southern Region Airfields which include RAF Brize Norton, RAF Benson and RAF Northolt. SafeSkys has held this contract for over 10 years and is proud to continue working for the Royal Air Force for a further 3 to 5 years.
SafeSkys trains RAF Pilots

SafeSkys is pleased to announce that is has been awarded another six year £multi-million contract to provide the ground school training to ab-initio fast jet pilots at Royal Air Force Valley in Anglesey, North Wales. The contract includes technical instruction on the Hawk aircraft, aircrew instruction and post-ejection survival techniques including sea survival drills.

We are fortunate to have a dedicated team of instructors working for us at RAF Valley, including ex RAF fast jet pilots, navigators, survival instructors and technical experts.

Inverness Airport

 SafeSkys is pleased to announce the award of a 3 year contract by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) for bird control and wildlife management services at Inverness Airport.  SafeSkys provides bird control and wildlife management services at RAF Stations in England, Scotland and Wales and at several civil airports.  The contract includes training and surveys for all of HIAL's Scottish airports.

Llanbedr Airfield

SafeSkys has been awarded the contract to provide Air Traffic Control Services at Llanbedr, south of Harlech in Wales. Llanbedr is one of the 8 airfields under consideration for the United Kingdom's Space Port.

New Assaf Ramon International Airport Eilat Israel

Safeskys is currently carrying out an extensive Radar survey for the Israeli Airport Authority (IAA) at the site of their newest international airport. The survey consists of an in depth investigation of the migratory patterns and numbers of birds seasonally transiting through the airspace.

Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston Jamaica

A full environmental survey is presently being carried out for Norman Manley Airport.

Sofia International Airport Bulgaria

A full 13 kilometre survey was carried out for Sofia that included 3 seasonal 13k reports covering all aspects of local bird and wildlife concentrations and bird migration. Tow of the key personnel from the Wildlife Management Department flew to Exeter Airport where we ran an in depth training course for them.

Ibrahim Nasir International Airport

A 3 day course was carried out at Male’ airport in the Maldives covering all aspects of wildlife management and bird control. This course was accomplished in conjunction with Airports Council International (ACI)

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