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Cranfield announced as one of three preferred locations for relocation of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group

13 May 2019

Marshall of Cambridge has announced today that it intends to relocate Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (MADG) and that it has identified Cranfield as one of its three preferred locations.

Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Cranfield University, said: “These are early-stage discussions but we are excited about this potential development on the Cranfield Air Park and look forward to having future productive discussions with Marshall.

“Located at the heart of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, Cranfield has ambitious plans for our global research airport. These discussions with Marshalls are aligned with our approved Air Park and Masterplan planning applications.“This is an exciting time for Cranfield. Last year we were the first airport in the UK to install a digital air traffic control centre. We are currently developing the £67million Digital Aviation Research Technology Centre (DARTeC) which will help the UK unlock the potential of digital aviation.”

In its statement today, Marshall said:

“We will be progressing discussions with stakeholders for all three sites over the coming months and expect to be in a position to make an announcement sometime next year. This is a huge undertaking which will require careful planning and we anticipate that we will complete a move by 2030.”

L3 expands its UK flight training with a new site at Cranfield Airport

13 May 2019


New location to boost flight training capacity and support demand 
for L3’s Airline Academy cadet pilot programmes

L3 Commercial Aviation is expanding its UK Airline Academy operations with a new site at Cranfield Airport set to open in July 2019. The location will help to increase L3’s flight training capacity for cadets across its European training programmes.

“This investment will help to improve both the quality and capacity of our world-leading pilot training,” said Geoff van Klaveren, Vice President of L3 Airline Academy. “With its existing infrastructure, heritage in aviation and strong network with the industry, we believe that Cranfield represents an attractive location to expand our U.K. training capacity.”

“We welcome L3 to Cranfield University’s global research airport,” said Rob Abbott, Cranfield Airport’s Director of Aviation Operations. “We have an established track record of working with international companies to bring investment and employment to the region through world-class education and research. In L3, Cranfield Airport has a partner engaged not just in the basic principles of academy training, but with a clear strategy for pilots of the future.”By the end of 2019, L3 will operate more than 12 aircraft at Cranfield Airport, providing training capacity for more than 50 cadets. This represents another significant investment from L3 in the UK. By the end of the year, the site will have created over 27 dedicated permanent jobs within the local economy.

Cranfield University is the only university in Europe with its own airport and runway. Its students and researchers work with some of the world’s top aerospace companies on advanced technologies and innovations. L3’s presence on the site will provide opportunities for future collaborations with the university on next-generation products and technologies.

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