Who are AFE?
AFE update 25th March 2020
In accordance with the current Government instructions and advice, the majority of AFE staff are now homeworking. Our usual phone numbers and e-mail addresses are still being used, but do please bear with us if it takes longer than normal to respond to calls, messages and queries.
Also in accordance with Government instructions, our pilot shops at Manchester and Oxford are closed until further notice; we will not be able to provide goods or services to visitors.
Our warehousing and dispatching functions remain operational and our carriers report that they are maintaining a near-normal service. In accordance with current good practice we have reduced the number of staff working in the same parts of the building to enable social distancing so, whilst we will endeavour to maintain same-day dispatch for the majority of sales orders, again do please bear with us if your orders take a day or two longer to arrive.
We have a number of new and exciting products arriving into the warehouse over the next few weeks - please check back here for our latest news, or follow us on soclal media:
We look forward to the current situation passing, when we will do our bit to help get the aviation sector back into the air. Storm clouds pass over, but there is always blue sky above.
Until then please protect those who are at risk; support our key workers; and stay safe.
Jeremy M Pratt and the AFE Team
Airplan Flight Equipment (AFE) started life in 1973 as Spodemoor Aviation, operating part-time from offices in Bradford and supplying a loyal band of pilots and flying clubs with all their flight equipment needs. The company grew steadily and in 1985 it was taken over by Jeremy M Pratt, a career flying instructor who had become disillusioned with the hassle of trying to obtain pilot supplies from Spodemoor's competitors. His first move (after changing that name) was to re-locate the company to premises near Manchester Airport and acquire the first of a long line of sales vans which, since that time, have put in several million miles around the airfields of the UK and Continental Europe.
AFE is now Europe's principle publisher and distributor of pilot supplies and flying training products, and every product we sell is backed by our reputation as Europe's longest established company in the field. Our customers include leading flying schools and gliding clubs, major airlines, the armed forces, aircraft manufacturers, leading maintenance companies and tens of thousands of individual aircraft owners and pilots worldwide. To all we aim to offer the best service and most competitive prices across the widest stock range. What's more, our buying power allows us to offer the most competitive prices right across our product range, whether you are buying one logbook or two hundred headsets.
1973 Spodemoor Aviation established in Bradford, Yorkshire
1976 Albert Malaney takes over Spodemoor Aviation
1985 Jeremy M Pratt acquires company, changes name to Airplan Flight Equipment (AFE) and moves it to premises near Manchester Airport
1987 AFE moves to new premises at Southside, Manchester Airport
1992 AFE publishes it first books by Jeremy M Pratt - the Pilot's Guide series - and moves to larger premises at Manchester Airport
1994 First edition of the 'PPL Course' series books by Jeremy M Pratt published
1998 AFE moves to present premises next to Manchester Airport
2000 AFE acquires RD Aviation, best-known for supplying accessories and avionics to glider and sports flyers
2001 AFE acquires the business of Nevynn International from Lynn and Neville Cawte
2005 AFE Oxford moves out of the old RD Aviation premises and onto Oxford Airport
2010 AFE Oxford moves into new larger premises opposite Oxford Airport
2013 AFE open The London Pilot Store in association with UK AOPA