Quadrant is an aviation simulation and training business founded in 1994 by 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 Simulation 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