About Us

Following in the footsteps of our founder, aviation pioneer Sir Alan Cobham, we are an organisation of aviation professionals dedicated to delivering mission critical solutions for air operations.

Our end-to-end global capabilities which cover Training, Aircraft Engineering & Maintenance, Search & Rescue and Surveillance Operations are underpinned by unparalleled levels of specialist knowledge and expertise. Through our exceptional teams, sophisticated technology and dedicated Special Mission aircraft, we are able to seamlessly integrate our vital services with our customer programmes. This is reflected by our enviable reputation as a deeply trusted supplier to the UK MoD for over three decades.

Our highly bespoke services ensure operational effectiveness and maximise mission success for military and government agencies around the world.

Since the company’s inception more than 85 years ago, Sir Alan Cobham’s ethos and values remain just as relevant for our business today, as we continue to innovate and pioneer aviation solutions to meet our customer’s future needs. Our timeline outlines the introduction of some of our core capabilities and contracts, many of which continue to endure to the present day.

Flight Refuelling Ltd
1934

Flight Refuelling Ltd (FRL) founded by Sir Alan Cobham

FR Aviation established
1954

FR Aviation established. Known today as Cobham Aviation Services, the Airfield Service division of FRL saw contractor-owned and operated aircraft operate directly alongside military customers

Cobham becomes a public limited company
1985

Cobham became a public limited company on the stock exchange

Electronic Warefare Training
1986

Electronic Warfare Training for the Royal Navy commenced following the Falklands war and was soon extended to the RAF. We remain a close partner of both forces and to this day continue to deliver a highly evolved version of these services

Helicopter training began
1997

Helicopter training began for all three UK armed forces at the Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury. This rotary wing capability still exists today at Cobham Helicopter Academy in Newquay for a range of overseas government customers

Search and Rescue Operation
1997

A Search and Rescue operation was established for the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard in Curacao, which still successfully runs today

Aircraft and Engineering Maintenance Support
2003

Aircraft and Engineering Maintenance Support for RAF Search and Rescue operations in Cyprus began and remains established

Engineering Maintenance Sentry
2005

Engineering Maintenance began for the RAF’s fleet of Sentry E-3D AWACS aircraft at RAF Waddington and is still currently delivered

Operational Readiness Training commenced for NATO
2008

Operational Readiness Training commenced for NATO and continues to be delivered across the world

Fixed Wing Engineering Maintenance Support
2009

Fixed Wing Engineering Maintenance Support for the UK Military Flying Training System Rear Crew started at RNAS Culdrose and endures to the present day

Rotary Wing Engineering Maintenance Support
2011

Rotary Wing Engineering Maintenance Support for Army operations began in Brunei and continues today

Cobham Helicopter Academy
2017

Cobham Helicopter Academy in Newquay launched

Operational Readiness Training to the US Air Force
2019

Cobham Aviation Services UK began delivering Operational Readiness Training to the United States Air Force in Europe

Medium Speed Aerial Support Services
2019

Cobham Aviation Services UK was awarded a contract for the Medium Speed Aerial Support Services by the UK MoD to deliver vital Operational Readiness Training to the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force

Advent International bought Cobham plc
2020

Advent International bought Cobham plc

2020

Cobham Aviation Services UK starts operations as a stand alone business. 

Customer & Operational bases around the world

Find out where we provide bespoke services for military and government agencies across the globe.

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https://panel.cobhamaviationservices.co.uk/Cobham Bases around the world

Cobham News

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cobham deliver to successful rescues

SAR & Surveillance |
Cobham deliver two successful rescues

Cobham carries out successful rescues of two casualties at Christoffel Mountain in Curacao.

CAvS host training session with Curacao hospital

SAR & Surveillance |
Training session hosted with local hospital

CAvS technical crew were invited to join forces and host CV-19 compliant training session with local hospital in Curacao.

military exercise joint warrior raf royal navy

Operational Readiness Training |
Exercise Joint Warrior

Our fixed wing flight operations team and suporting engineers took part in one of Europe's largest military exercises, Joint Warrior.

Cobham News |
Apprentices Begin Year Long Study

Celebrating the start of study for our new apprentices at a new local training facility. Good luck to all!

Teesside on BBC Look North

Operational Readiness Training |
Teesside Features on BBC Look North

On 24th September, our Teeside base was featured in the evening news on BBC Look North.