Quadrant is an aviation simulation and training business founded in 1994 by current CEO, Jeff Sandiford and Chairman, David Coghlan. Jeff’s career prior to Quadrant included being managing director of two of the then largest flight simulation companies in the world, Rediffusion Simulation and Singer Link-Miles. David is an investor and chairman/director of a number of small-to-medium sized technology companies, public and private, including the chairmanship of Synectics plc.
The Company quickly built a reputation for offering a professional, quality service and in 2000 Quadrant won a prestigious, 25 year MoD contract valued at over £60m. Quest Flight Training (Quest) was set up as a special purpose vehicle on this project to provide the E-3D Sentry Aircrew Training Service (SATS) at RAF Waddington for the UK Ministry of Defence. This is a 50/50 joint venture with Rockwell Collins with Quest being operated by Quadrant.
The Company continued to grow and build on its reputation for quality, leading to Quadrant being selected by Merlin in 2003, to maintain and support 4 Tucano Simulators and 6 Tucano Cockpit Procedure Trainers at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. This programme has been running successfully and will potentially continue until 2020.
The next milestone for the Group was the start up in Orlando, Florida, a strategic move to establish a US presence which opened up opportunities with the US military and US based prime contractors. Quadrant Simulation Systems, Inc. (QSSI) has become a clear global leader for simulator relocations. Subsequently, there has been growth in manufacturing services and visual systems support.
Other key events occurred in 2012 and 2019 with the acquisition of Micro Nav and Global ATS respectively. Unlike the other companies, where the main area of business is flight simulator based, Micro Nav introduces another core competency, that of ‘Air Traffic Control Simulation and Training’, in which it is a world leader.
The operating companies that now form the Group are:
- Quadrant Systems Ltd. – Burgess Hill, West Sussex, UK
- Quest Flight Training Ltd. – RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, UK
- Quadrant Simulation Systems, Inc. – Orlando, Florida, USA
- Micro Nav Ltd. – Bournemouth, Dorset, UK
- Global ATS Ltd. - Cheltenham, UK
David Coghlan – Chairman
David co-founded Quadrant in 1994 and is Chairman of Quadrant Group. He is an investor and chairman of a number of small to medium sized technology companies, public and private, including the chairmanship of Synectics PLC.
Mike Male – Director
Mike co-founded Micro Nav Limited and was at the helm for 25 years. Previously a qualified Air Traffic Control Officer with a wealth of operational Air Traffic Control experience, Mike also has a history of success in the design and development of simulation systems for Air Traffic Control training.
Tim Morley – Director
Tim is Finance Director of Quadrant Group. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in London. He spent a number of years working for various companies in the Communications industry and has run his own consultancy firm advising SMEs on business and financial matters.
Peter Rae – Director
Peter Rae is an investor and is a Director of several public and private companies. He brings a wide range of experience to bear as a Director of Quadrant Group.
Jeff Sandiford – Director
Jeff is a Director of Quadrant Group. Jeff co-founded Quadrant in 1994 has led the Company for the past 25 years. He handed over to Stephen Williams the new Chief Executive Officer in 2019.
Stephen Williams– Chief Executive Officer
Stephen is Chief Executive Officer of Quadrant Group in succession to Jeff Sandiford. He had been Managing Director of Micro Nav since 2014. Stephen started software development and has worked in marketing, programme management, operations management, business transformation and general management in the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA.
Quadrant Group Limited
West Sussex RH15 9NB
Tel: +44 (0)1444 246226
Fax: +44 (0)1444 870172
In July 1994 David Coghlan and Jeff Sandiford founded Quadrant Systems, which has now been in the Aviation Training & Simulation Business for 25 years.
Quadrant started with the acquisition of certain assets from Ceselsa of Spain (now INDRA) in their subsidiary ASDL based in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, UK. This included acquiring B727 and B747 Flight Simulators and taking on the Building Lease and 16 skilled Employees.
The Business developed over the early years with Simulator Dry Hire, Relocations, Updates and Manufacturing Services. Today there are 4 Flight Simulators operational at Burgess Hill, 2 of which are used for both Dry and Wet Training and 2 of which are on Housing & Maintenance Contracts.
In 2000 Quadrant had a major breakthrough with the award by the UK Ministry of Defence of the E-3D AWACS PFI aircrew training programme (together with our then partners Evans & Sutherland, now Collins Aerospace). This is a £60M+ Contract running for 25-30 years. The Training Service, managed by Quadrant, was established at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, UK and has been successfully training RAF pilots and other aircrew for over 18 years.
Another key development in 2004 was the start up of Quadrant Simulation Systems, Inc. based in Orlando, Florida, USA. This Company has progressed to become the undisputed global world leader in Flight Simulator Relocations today and has strong Manufacturing Services and Visual Support Programmes in its portfolio.
The acquisition of Micro Nav Limited based in Bournemouth, Dorset, UK in 2012 enabled Quadrant to diversify into the Air Traffic Control Simulation Business. Micro Nav is a global leader in its market place with its BEST Product Line of Tower and Radar Simulators plus Air Battle Management Simulators.
Quadrant has also been developing its new INTERACT Simulated Air Traffic Control Environment (SATCE) Product designed to deliver the “missing link” in the Flight Simulator. Several INTERACT systems have now been integrated with OEM and Customer Simulators for evaluation and the INTERACT Product is expected to play a key role in the future of the Company.
Quadrant has reached £25M in annual Revenues at the 25 year mark. Charting a pathway through the past 25 years has not been easy as the margin for error in the Training & Simulation Business is quite small.
However plans have been pursued with determination and a strong belief in successful outcomes.
It seems appropriate to pause and reflect at this important milestone and the Board of Directors of Quadrant would very much like to record its thanks and appreciation of the contribution to the Company over the years from all its Stakeholders:-
- Shareholders who put their faith in the Company
- Customers who trust the Company with their Business
- Employees who make it all happen
- Suppliers and Advisors who support the Company
Events are being held at all locations within the Company to celebrate 25 years in Business.
Quadrant has strong Business Plans in place for the future in all areas of the Company and looks forward to the next stage of growth with confidence.
Burgess Hill, West Sussex, UK 23rd October 2019 – Quadrant Group Limited (Quadrant) announced on 23rd October 2019 the acquisition of Global ATS Limited (GATS) based at Gloucestershire Airport, Cheltenham, UK.
GATS is a growing company specialising in Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) training for the United Kingdom and worldwide markets. To further maximise its growth potential, GATS has been acquired by Quadrant. GATS will remain a separate company, operating as a further arm of the Quadrant Group of Companies.
Quadrant is a specialist aviation simulation and training company. The acquisition of GATS enables Quadrant to strengthen its position in ATC simulation and training and supports GATS’ growth ambitions.
Commenting on the acquisition David Coghlan, Quadrant Chairman said “This is an exciting time for Quadrant having recently celebrated our 25-year anniversary. The addition of GATS provides Quadrant a training service provision to complement our existing, world-leading ATC product proposition. It also allows Quadrant to grow within its natural realm of training and simulation. Combined revenues for Quadrant is now £30Million, with around 220 staff.”
Stephen Williams, Quadrant CEO added “GATS has similar company values to those of Quadrant in that it is customer-centric, people focussed and is striving for a strong open and communicative culture. I am delighted that GATS will be joining Quadrant. GATS is a leading independent provider of ATC training with customers worldwide. I am very enthusiastic about the growth potential of Quadrant with GATS providing synergies to our existing capability in aviation simulation and training.”
Murray Cole, outgoing GATS Chairman welcomed the transaction and said “This signifies a major positive move for GATS as it continues to grow”. Marcus Mimms, GATS Managing Director said “I am excited about the prospects for GATS being part of Quadrant, this transaction offers greater opportunities to maximise GATS’ growth potential. Quadrant has synonymous values to GATS, and I look forward to supporting Quadrant through the transition period as GATS embarks on the next phase of its growth agenda.”
For further information contact
Stephen Williams, CEO – Quadrant Group
David Coghlan, Chairman – Quadrant Group - +44 (0) 1444 246226
Marcus Mimms, Managing Director – Global ATS - +44 (0) 1452 715630
Quadrant Group comprises Quadrant Systems Limited (QSL), the UK operating company based in Burgess Hill, West Sussex; Quadrant Simulation Systems, Inc. (QSSI), the US operating company based in Orlando, Florida; Micro Nav Limited, the ATC simulator specialist operating in Bournemouth, Dorset; and Quest Flight Training Limited (Quest), based at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, UK.
QSL provides a comprehensive range of services that cover all the core areas of flight simulation tailored to the specific needs of both civil and military customers in the UK and worldwide.
QSSI provides a comprehensive range of services that covers relocations, manufacturing services, visual systems updates and OEM support.
Micro Nav is a leading specialist company developing and supplying Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Air Defence simulators and training systems.
Quest is a 50/50 joint-venture with Rockwell Collins to deliver the Sentry Aircrew Training Service to the UK Ministry of Defence; the Service is delivered by Quadrant.
Quadrant’s focus is on delivering high-quality solutions that meet customer requirements on time. The comprehensive range of products and services, covering all key areas, is tailored to suit individual needs for both Military and Civil customers worldwide.
Global ATS specialise in the provision of Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) training to both the UK and worldwide markets. GATS is a UK CAA Certified Initial Training organisation (ITO) providing a range of EU2015/340 training to its extensive UK customer base at its Gloucestershire Airport HQ. GATS is also holding formal approvals from several International organisations for the provision of ICAO compliant ATC training which is delivered either from the Gloucester College Campus in Cheltenham, UK or at the customers site depending on specific requirements.