The Ravenair Group is a diverse General and Business Aviation Group of Companies based at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Operations are conducted from the Business Aviation Centre at the General and Business Aviation Area.
The various departments are run by a strong management team who have many years experience in general and business aviation. Many have also had previous careers in commercial airlines and the UK Military. The Company is owned by Jeff Nuttall, Managing Director who is retired Airline Captain. Day to day operations are overseen by Wayne Barrett, Operations Director who has previous airline experience in operational and commercial roles.
History and Present Day
Ravenair began as a small flying school based at Manchester Airport in the early 1980s, founded by Jeff Nuttall. Through the 1980s and 1990s the company expanded into other sectors of general aviation, including aircraft management, air charter and aircraft engineering.
In the summer of 1998 the company transferred its main operations base to Liverpool Airport due to the construction of the second runway at Manchester Airport, which resulted in the closure and relocation of all South Side based general aviation facilities.
Today, Ravenair and Liverpool Aviation Services (LAS) operate from their wholly owned Business Aviation Centre at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Opened in January 2002, the purpose built unit is a one-stop facility for the general and business aviation users of the airport and incorporates a Passenger Lounge, Operations Centre, Conference and Training facilities. The company operates the General Aviation Site as Lead Tenant and operates the only Fixed Based Operation (FBO) under contract from the Airport Company. These agreements specify the requirement for provision of AVGAS and JET-A1 fuel grades to users of the airport.
Until LAS began operations no dedicated business aviation facilities existed at Liverpool Airport. Since the formation of the company, LAS has handled a wide variety of aircraft, ranging from microlights to large business jets and airliners, together with historic aircraft, military helicopters and fighter jets. The company is permitted to handle aircraft on both the General Aviation apron and the main airport apron and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Ravenair operates a EU PART-OPS Air Operators Certificate (AOC) which permits the legal carriage of Passengers and Cargo. Ravenair Survey operations are conducted under the AOC to provide the highest industry standards over and above Aerial Work.
The Ravenair Flying School offers the highest professional standards with many years of experience providing flying training from basic private Pilot’s Licence to advanced commercial licences. The company presently holds more CAA and EASA training approvals than any other North-West organisation. Centred at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Ravenair operates an EASA PART-145 Maintenance Organisation which maintains in house aircraft along side third party aircraft. Continuing Airworthiness Management is also provided under Part M Subpart G Approval.