Who are AFE?
COVID-19 update 24 / 02 / 21
We are open and shipping orders
Our customers can still place orders with AFE by e-mail, via our website or by phone - our warehouse and dispatch department has remained open throughout and we are shipping orders every day with our usual carriers and shipping partners.
How we’re working
We’ve implemented social distancing and hygiene measures in our warehouse and our staff are using appropriate protective equipment. Many of our staff are dividing their work hours between time in the office and working from home (WFH); we are continuing to answer phone calls and reply to e-mail messages as normal.
New products for 2021
We continue to receive new products into our warehouse. We’ll keep you informed through our e-mail newsletters, website updates and social media.
We’re here for you
We’re here if you want to check on the progress of an order, ask about a product, talk about your account or make a general enquiry. We’re working with our customers, suppliers and partners to help each other and to support the return to the skies.
At today's date (24/02/21) the AFE Manchester premises (located in Greater Manchester) are under the UK 'lockdown#3' restrictions. Our shop is closed, but all our other operations are continuing: many of our staff are working partly or wholly from home but our phone numbers and e-mail addresses are working normally and we still aim to send all orders on our 'same day' dispatch service. Although our shop is closed to visitors, we may be able to arrange for collection of pre-ordered items subject to compliance with COVID restrictions.
We are aware that many carriers, including Royal Mail, are operating at - or very close to - capacity at the moment.Therefore, where possible please order with as much notice as possible to avoid a stressful wait for a delivery!
The latest government guidance on General Aviation flying can be found here:
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