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.
Another key event occurred in 2012 with the acquisition of Micro Nav Limited. 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
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.
Jeff Sandiford – Chief Executive Officer
Jeff is Chief Executive Officer of Quadrant Group. He has been in the Simulation and Training Industry for the last 40 years and was managing director of two of the largest flight simulation companies in the world. Jeff co-founded Quadrant in 1994 has led the Company since its inception.
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.
Stephen Williams– Director
Stephen is Managing Director of Micro Nav Limited. Stephen started out in 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