Saxon Air Norwich - "Ultimate FBO"
Dave Rose 26/9/11
A business meeting in Norwich and an overnight at an airport hotel meant I could catch up with things at Norwich. Since my last visit 2 years ago an enormous FBO has been developed by Saxon Air, and a friends son is the Operations Manager!! To make things even more interesting my mate hitched a ride down from MME on G-KLNR as it was positioning after its round trip to Palma!! He left MME at 1902 and landed at NWI at 1932, that's travelling in style.
Once inside I was given the grand tour, Saxon is owned by Roger Klyne (hence the regs) who is a successful local businessman. He bought the company in 2009 and has a vision for the future. The massive complex is divided into 3 main sections, Saxon Air have their operations on the right side, with hangar space for the fleet. Offices, Pilot rest suites and planning is located in the middle section and the hangar on the left is available for lease, at the moment there are some helicopters inside but the vision is for an offshore terminal concept. The waiting area complete with check in desks and immersion suit changing is complete and ready for use, currently Bond and Bristow are located on the airfield, so who knows.
I was given access to all of the fleet (photos below), and this currently consists of -
Future plans are for a longer range jet in the next 6 months.
Saxon handle all GA / Biz movements at Norwich, the large apron has handled up to BBJ size aircraft and they are kept busy, during my visit they had handled a German Citation, a Belgian Be200 and a DanCopter EC155 helicopter working the rigs.
Other Norwich visitors were -
The Good year Blimp was working for Sky at the Norwich City v Sunderland game