Jugglers were just part of the festivities at Sloane Aviation’s triple celebration on June 6. The company, which is based in Northamptonshire, U.K., marked its 40th anniversary, the 20th anniversary of its Sywell Aerodrome headquarters, and the completion of a new building extension. The extension houses a new flying school, a flight training simulator and a new stores department.
"Forty years is a very long time," said Sloane Managing Director Jeremy Awenat. But despite its long history, the company has its eyes firmly on the future. "We are in the process of putting together our next five-year plan when we hope to be on the other side of the current global economic climate," he said.
Sloane Helicopters was founded by David George in 1969, and had just one Agusta Bell 47J. Five years later, Sloane was appointed U.K. distributor for Hughes Helicopters. In 1976, the company became sole U.K. distributor for Robinson Helicopters. After 19 years, Sloane was made sole U.K. and Ireland distributor for Agusta helicopters. Throughout its 40 year run, Sloane has remained owned by David George.
"Sloane’s success has been made possible through the continuous support from our customers, vendors, suppliers and, most importantly, our employees — both past and present," said George during the triple celebration.