Wiltshire Aircraft Maintenance was formed in April 1990 as the light aircraft maintenance facility for Wiltshire Airplane Club at Old Sarum Airfield Salisbury Both organisations operated under the sole proprietorship of Mr. D.F. Ranger. The light aircraft maintenance facility was based at Thruxton Airfield from July 1990 to November 1993. It then moved to Popham Airfield where the light aircraft maintenance facility is currently based.
In July 2009 the sole proprietor D.F Ranger passed away, leaving the business to his sons Keith and Wayne Ranger, who incorporated the Company thus forming the new entity of Wiltshire Aircraft Maintenance Ltd. with Approvals EASA Part M Sub Part G. UK.MG 0592.
Keith Ranger is the Accountable manager and as a Director he is in a position to make the decisions that allow this small, friendly company to grow. Keith has owned many aircraft including a Chipmunk. His current joy is a Cessna 150 so, has an affinity with pilots.
Ken Greenwood is the General Manager and has worked for the company since 2009 Following long service in a PLC. Ken brings business experience to the company, and he also makes a great cup of tea if you want to drop in and have a chat about your aircraft maintenance, his door is always open.
Ron Chitty has been the Chief Engineer for the company since 1993 and brings a wealth of experience, having served in the Fleet Air Arm as a Chief Aircraft Artificer, maintaining jets, helicopters and light aircraft. Upon leaving the service Ron settled in Guernsey and started a light aircraft maintenance company, which became a very respected company. He later sold that company and returned to the UK. Ron also is a LAA Inspector.
Keith Harvey has been the Deputy Chief Engineer for the company since 1993. From a Royal Air Force trained engineer background, Keith has worked on nearly every airplane that has flown, and some which never would, both in the UK and overseas. Keith has also been an LAA Inspector for many years.
Ian Browning is the Hangar Foreman, Ian has a special affinity with Popham Airfield, having worked for Charles Church Spitfires since he was a "lad" rebuilding Spitfires and various war-birds. Ian is well known throughout the general aviation world as a "steady pair of hands" and has over the years restored some well loved aircraft, from Chipmunks, Pipers & Cessna's to Bulldogs and Beagle Pups.
Will Kirkdale is Lead Engine Mechanic. He enjoys carrying out fault tracing and modifications on airplane engines. Having worked with Ian over the years, Will has proven to be very good at investigating faults with "oddball" aircraft. Will has just completed the LAA Gypsy aircraft engine course run by Deltair Aviation.
Merv Browning is the Airframe Mechanic. He enjoys carrying out fault tracing, modifications and the day to day repetitive work. Having worked with Ian over the years Merv has gained a reputation for doing the "dirty work".
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The Beagle B.121 Pup is a 1960s British 2-4 seat single-engined training and touring aircraft built by Beagle Aircraft Limited at Shoreham Airport and Rearsby Aerodrome.
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The Scottish Aviation Bulldog is a British two-seat side-by-side (with optional third seat) training aircraft designed by Beagle Aircraft as the B.125 Bulldog.
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