CCTV specialist AD Group is sponsoring the ambitious ‘Vulcan to the Sky’ project designed to return an original Vulcan V-bomber to flight and allow the majestic delta-wing design to once again wow the crowds at public air displays. As part of its support for the project, AD Group plans to supply a state-of-the-art FlightVu digital video recorder - and associated CCTV cameras - from its subsidiary AD Aerospace to provide valuable in-flight footage of this historic aircraft. To reach a position where Vulcan XH558, which left RAF service in 1993, is only weeks away from obtaining a CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) permit-to-fly is the end result of an eleven year restoration project. An outcome which has only been made possible by the hardwork of a network of volunteers and funding from business and private donations.
Mike Newton, AD Group’s CEO, who attended a recent test flight, was impressed by what he saw: "The Vulcan is undoubtedly one of the pinnacles of British aircraft design and engineering, ranking alongside Concorde and the Harrier, in terms of milestones in our aviation history. Thanks to the efforts of the ‘Vulcan to the Sky’ team the restored Vulcan rekindles memories for those of us who lived through the Cold War era and for the younger generation should bring an important part of our history to life. Standing watching as the large-delta V-bomber took-off one more time, with the roar of its four engines pushing 70 tonnes of aircraft into the clouds, was simply breathtaking!
"As a business we are delighted to have been able to support this fantastic project, the professionalism and dedication of everyone involved is to be commended. AD Group already has a keen interest in aviation through our AD Aviation and AD Aerospace subsidiaries so our involvement in the ‘Vulcan to the Sky’ initiative makes perfect sense. To have now been given the green light to fit our FlightVu system in the near future, more usually deployed in passenger jets, in such a unique aircraft is a real privilege."
The Vulcan first flew in 1952 and alongside Valiant and Victor bombers became the mainstay of Britain’s nuclear deterrent force during the Cold War. Later when Polaris submarines took over this role the venerable Vulcan was reconfigured as a conventional bomber and was able to show its worth once again when it led an audacious airstrike on Port Stanley runway during the Falklands War, with an aircraft flying all the way from Ascension to the Falkland islands - refuelled in-flight - a record distance of 8,000 miles.
For more information and to make a dionation to the ‘Vulcan in the Sky’ project, which is based at Bruntingthope Airfield in Leicestershire, please visit www.tvoc.co.uk
AD Aerospace Ltd. designs and manufactures aerospace video camera systems for commercial aerospace, including state-of-the-art video security systems. AD Aerospace is the parent company of Innovative Sensor Developments (ISD), designer of video system for Rugged and Mobile Military Applications and both are part of the AD Group. The company has EASA approvals for Manufacturing and Maintenance, and is an approved supplier to the Boeing Company. AD Aerospace has facilities in Cheshire UK, Atlanta USA and Singapore. For more information please visit www.ad-aero.com
About AD Group
AD Group with its headquarters in Warrington, England, was established in 1997, its primary objective being to create and bring to market leading edge CCTV solutions. The pioneering nature of the Group’s products, with the emphasis very much on R&D, has undoubtedly been a critical element in AD’s success to date.
The principal shareholder of AD is Mike Newton who founded UK CCTV giant Dedicated Micros in 1982 which ranks No1 globally for multi channel digital video recorders. In 2001 Dedicated Micros became an integral part of AD Group. Since that time all AD companies have been able to take advantage of a shared technology base, offering the potential for flexible CCTV solutions on the ground, in the air and on the move. Members of AD Group include: AD Aerospace, AD Aviation, AD Network Video, ChipWrights, Dennard, Dedicated Micros, D-Tec, ISD, RemGuard, TSS and TES.
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