One of the region’s most successful businessmen has expanded his aviation business with a new acquisition.
Sir Peter Rigby’s Aviation Group, which trades as Patriot Aviation and Heliflight, has acquired London Helicopter Centres Ltd - a specialist helicopter charter and engineering company which is headquartered in Redhill in Surrey and Enniskillen in Northern Ireland.
The acquisition will extend Aviation Group’s national coverage for flight training, charter, sales and engineering and help establish it as a leading aviation specialist in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, where it holds the Cessna and Schweizer distributorships.
Sir Peter said it was his intention to retain the three brand names within the group.
The acquisition will allow the group to offer scenic tours and VIP charter flights out of five aviation hubs including Halfpenny Green near Wolverhampton.
Sir Peter said: “I’m very excited about the opportunity to continue to grow and expand our Aviation Group. In particular, extending and developing our charter and aviation services in and around London. We can now offer VIP commuters a cost and time effective transfer into Battersea from Redhill in 10 minutes.”
London Helicopter Centres was established by Mark Souster 18 years ago and he will become Managing Director of the Aviation Group. He will be responsible for the day to day delivery of growth and development of aviation services across all three brands.
Mr Souster said: “I’m delighted to be working alongside Sir Peter. I am confident that this move will give London Helicopter Centres the opportunity to evolve, expand and grow as part of this successful aviation group.”