Cobham says it will make redundancies after moving services from Durham Tees Valley Airport

The Northern Echo: A Cobham Falcon 20 at Durham Tees Valley Airport A Cobham Falcon 20 at Durham Tees Valley Airport

AN aerospace firm is cutting jobs at a loss-making North-East airport, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Cobham, based at Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA), says it is making redundancies as it moves work from the region.

Bosses, who employ about 90 people at DTVA, say its flight inspection services are being transferred to Bournemouth Airport.

The firm has not confirmed how many workers' posts are at risk.

However, Cobham says it remains committed to its North-East base, and will continue providing the Ministry of Defence (MoD) with training in a £165m five-year deal from the region.

The move comes as DTVA chiefs work on plans to stem annual £2m losses that could see part of the site turned into a 400-home estate and an industrial hub, strengthened by flights to Amsterdam and Aberdeen.

Cobham's flight inspection division includes commissioning, engineering flight checks, and inspections for instrument landing systems, airfield ground lighting and distance measuring equipment.

Its work is used by airport operators and service providers, equipment makers, Government regulators, and organisations responsible for flight inspections and air traffic management aids.

A spokesman said: “Cobham has no plans to leave DTVA but is restructuring and moving its flight inspection operation to Bournemouth Airport.

“There will be some redundancies due to the move.

“However, we will continue to use DTVA for the foreseeable future as our Northern base to provide the MoD with operational readiness training.

“That mission involves five aircraft flying about 3,000 hours annually.”

The airport's MoD work includes operational readiness work, which builds on a 25-year partnership with the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy to train service personnel on Eurofighter Typhoon jets and Type 45 Destroyer battleships.

Cobham uses Falcon 20 aircraft that use equipment to emulate jammed radar and communication systems and work as targets for gun and missile firing.

The firm's DTVA team also conduct calibration of air traffic and navigation systems for civilian airports and military airbases from London Heathrow to the Falkland Islands.

DTVA bosses' master plan includes selling land for housing, which they say will generate millions of pounds and help fund nine new hangars, office space and industrial units.

They say rent occupants would make the airport viable and protect scheduled flights to Aberdeen and Amsterdam.

  • DTVA's plans, which are on public consultation until January 10, will be discussed today (Tuesday, December 17) at a NOF Energy Subsea North East Oil and Gas event at Hardwick Hall, in Sedgefield, County Durham.

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11:27am Tue 17 Dec 13

Darloresident says...

Yet another firm that uses the airport for flying related activities leaves.
Peel rub there hands in glee.
Yet another firm that uses the airport for flying related activities leaves. Peel rub there hands in glee. Darloresident

12:11pm Tue 17 Dec 13

It_Must_Be_Me says...

This move has nothing to do with the airport, and everything to do with lining the pockets of those at the top.
This move has nothing to do with the airport, and everything to do with lining the pockets of those at the top. It_Must_Be_Me

12:23pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ally F says...

There will be crocodile tears at Peel Holdings over this news. Time for Peel to revist the (ever-so-ironically-
titled) 'Durham Tees Valley Airport Development Plan' and get a few dozen more houses added on....
There will be crocodile tears at Peel Holdings over this news. Time for Peel to revist the (ever-so-ironically- titled) 'Durham Tees Valley Airport Development Plan' and get a few dozen more houses added on.... Ally F

12:31pm Tue 17 Dec 13

It_Must_Be_Me says...

Ally F wrote:
There will be crocodile tears at Peel Holdings over this news. Time for Peel to revist the (ever-so-ironically- titled) 'Durham Tees Valley Airport Development Plan' and get a few dozen more houses added on....
It is my understanding that the Hangar will remain in place and will still be occupied as the 'Northern base to provide the MoD with operational readiness training'.
[quote][p][bold]Ally F[/bold] wrote: There will be crocodile tears at Peel Holdings over this news. Time for Peel to revist the (ever-so-ironically- titled) 'Durham Tees Valley Airport Development Plan' and get a few dozen more houses added on....[/p][/quote]It is my understanding that the Hangar will remain in place and will still be occupied as the 'Northern base to provide the MoD with operational readiness training'. It_Must_Be_Me

12:53pm Tue 17 Dec 13

gramps427 says...

The jets will still be flying around the area for a few more years to come; the redundancies involve the Beechcraft turbo engined aircraft , but we should remember the 5 year contract mentioned in the article. The housing and other aspects of the "Master Plan" will not protect those actual air services mentioned no matter how often Peel claim it. The cost for airlines operating out of Tees Valley are higher than for any other airport near us, that is why other airlines have left Tees Valley and we already know that Peel told Thompson's that they were not wanted. When you consider how little they bought the land for, and include the incredulous clause in the contract that ended with Peel now owning 89% of the shares; it makes you wonder just how Peel turned a profitable concern into a housing development with the blessing of the 5 local Councils who are now desperate for the connection to Amsterdam to stay?
The jets will still be flying around the area for a few more years to come; the redundancies involve the Beechcraft turbo engined aircraft , but we should remember the 5 year contract mentioned in the article. The housing and other aspects of the "Master Plan" will not protect those actual air services mentioned no matter how often Peel claim it. The cost for airlines operating out of Tees Valley are higher than for any other airport near us, that is why other airlines have left Tees Valley and we already know that Peel told Thompson's that they were not wanted. When you consider how little they bought the land for, and include the incredulous clause in the contract that ended with Peel now owning 89% of the shares; it makes you wonder just how Peel turned a profitable concern into a housing development with the blessing of the 5 local Councils who are now desperate for the connection to Amsterdam to stay? gramps427

1:57pm Tue 17 Dec 13

bafatimbi says...

i dont know why peels dont try to sell the airport they clearly cant make it work and its to the detriment of the good people of this area that we have to travel to newcastle or further shame on you peel
i dont know why peels dont try to sell the airport they clearly cant make it work and its to the detriment of the good people of this area that we have to travel to newcastle or further shame on you peel bafatimbi

2:22pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ally F says...

bafatimbi, Peel don't want the airport to succeed. Indeed their master plan has, as its core, the presumed failure of the airport as a pre-requisite. You don't build major housing developments right next to an active airport, the two are simply not mutually compatible due to the noise and intrusion of airside operations.

Something has to give, and I strongly suspect it will be the remaining scheduled flight services by KLM and Eastern Airways to Schiphol and Aberdeen respectively. Once they are no more Peel is in the clear to build houses-a-plenty on the land it has all but been gifted. I fly from Newcastle about 20 times a year, short haul commuter tickets are at least £100 than flying from DTVA, so as business decision driving to Newcastle is a no-brainer as my commuting costs come directly off the bottom line.

I believe Peel intend to carpet bag DTVA for maximum private profit at the expense of an asset to the region. What almost beggars belief is that senior local Government officials serve on the board of Peel Holdings. Now in my line of business that would be a clear conflict of interest (i.e.: when the potential benefit to oneself or a private company you represent was countrary to the public benefit you are supposed to be safeguarding) However, that seems not to bother some of our regional elected representatives.
bafatimbi, Peel don't want the airport to succeed. Indeed their master plan has, as its core, the presumed failure of the airport as a pre-requisite. You don't build major housing developments right next to an active airport, the two are simply not mutually compatible due to the noise and intrusion of airside operations. Something has to give, and I strongly suspect it will be the remaining scheduled flight services by KLM and Eastern Airways to Schiphol and Aberdeen respectively. Once they are no more Peel is in the clear to build houses-a-plenty on the land it has all but been gifted. I fly from Newcastle about 20 times a year, short haul commuter tickets are at least £100 than flying from DTVA, so as business decision driving to Newcastle is a no-brainer as my commuting costs come directly off the bottom line. I believe Peel intend to carpet bag DTVA for maximum private profit at the expense of an asset to the region. What almost beggars belief is that senior local Government officials serve on the board of Peel Holdings. Now in my line of business that would be a clear conflict of interest (i.e.: when the potential benefit to oneself or a private company you represent was countrary to the public benefit you are supposed to be safeguarding) However, that seems not to bother some of our regional elected representatives. Ally F

2:53pm Tue 17 Dec 13

roaduser98 says...

Ally F wrote:
bafatimbi, Peel don't want the airport to succeed. Indeed their master plan has, as its core, the presumed failure of the airport as a pre-requisite. You don't build major housing developments right next to an active airport, the two are simply not mutually compatible due to the noise and intrusion of airside operations.

Something has to give, and I strongly suspect it will be the remaining scheduled flight services by KLM and Eastern Airways to Schiphol and Aberdeen respectively. Once they are no more Peel is in the clear to build houses-a-plenty on the land it has all but been gifted. I fly from Newcastle about 20 times a year, short haul commuter tickets are at least £100 than flying from DTVA, so as business decision driving to Newcastle is a no-brainer as my commuting costs come directly off the bottom line.

I believe Peel intend to carpet bag DTVA for maximum private profit at the expense of an asset to the region. What almost beggars belief is that senior local Government officials serve on the board of Peel Holdings. Now in my line of business that would be a clear conflict of interest (i.e.: when the potential benefit to oneself or a private company you represent was countrary to the public benefit you are supposed to be safeguarding) However, that seems not to bother some of our regional elected representatives.
It would appear that your assertions are correct as shown by the article earlier this week where Durham County Council want 'explore' the possibility of setting up a housing development/building company. An 'AT ARMS LENGTH' company paid for by the tax payer!! Nice one!!
[quote][p][bold]Ally F[/bold] wrote: bafatimbi, Peel don't want the airport to succeed. Indeed their master plan has, as its core, the presumed failure of the airport as a pre-requisite. You don't build major housing developments right next to an active airport, the two are simply not mutually compatible due to the noise and intrusion of airside operations. Something has to give, and I strongly suspect it will be the remaining scheduled flight services by KLM and Eastern Airways to Schiphol and Aberdeen respectively. Once they are no more Peel is in the clear to build houses-a-plenty on the land it has all but been gifted. I fly from Newcastle about 20 times a year, short haul commuter tickets are at least £100 than flying from DTVA, so as business decision driving to Newcastle is a no-brainer as my commuting costs come directly off the bottom line. I believe Peel intend to carpet bag DTVA for maximum private profit at the expense of an asset to the region. What almost beggars belief is that senior local Government officials serve on the board of Peel Holdings. Now in my line of business that would be a clear conflict of interest (i.e.: when the potential benefit to oneself or a private company you represent was countrary to the public benefit you are supposed to be safeguarding) However, that seems not to bother some of our regional elected representatives.[/p][/quote]It would appear that your assertions are correct as shown by the article earlier this week where Durham County Council want 'explore' the possibility of setting up a housing development/building company. An 'AT ARMS LENGTH' company paid for by the tax payer!! Nice one!! roaduser98

3:16pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Darloresident says...

Ally F wrote:
bafatimbi, Peel don't want the airport to succeed. Indeed their master plan has, as its core, the presumed failure of the airport as a pre-requisite. You don't build major housing developments right next to an active airport, the two are simply not mutually compatible due to the noise and intrusion of airside operations.

Something has to give, and I strongly suspect it will be the remaining scheduled flight services by KLM and Eastern Airways to Schiphol and Aberdeen respectively. Once they are no more Peel is in the clear to build houses-a-plenty on the land it has all but been gifted. I fly from Newcastle about 20 times a year, short haul commuter tickets are at least £100 than flying from DTVA, so as business decision driving to Newcastle is a no-brainer as my commuting costs come directly off the bottom line.

I believe Peel intend to carpet bag DTVA for maximum private profit at the expense of an asset to the region. What almost beggars belief is that senior local Government officials serve on the board of Peel Holdings. Now in my line of business that would be a clear conflict of interest (i.e.: when the potential benefit to oneself or a private company you represent was countrary to the public benefit you are supposed to be safeguarding) However, that seems not to bother some of our regional elected representatives.
100% correct AllyF.. "Puffing Billy" Dixon is the council rep on Peels airport Board and has not spoken a word in favour of keeping the airport as exactly that an airport.. He misled people as to why Thomson pulled out blaming decreased passenger numbers - as if the Teesside pubic was to blame.
However both Thomson and Balkan holidays had increased flights and destinations for 2014 but were told by Peel they were not wanted.
Peel deliberately keep charges to airlines high and charge fees to passengers wishing to use the airport.
It is blatently obvious that neither the Council(s) nor Peel want the airport.I am sure that KLM and Eastern only stay because of previously contracted arrangements.They too will pull out shortly and Peel will keep Doncaster as their Northern airport and use Teesside as a land grab with all the benefits of break up and sell ons as well as rental income.
Peel and the councils should be ashamed - and even more disgusting is our local MPs have watched it happen and have been compliant in the death of what only 10 years ago was a thriving and growing concern.So best get used to it folks - your business and holiday flights will start from Newcastle,leeds or Doncaster. RIP Teesside Airport
[quote][p][bold]Ally F[/bold] wrote: bafatimbi, Peel don't want the airport to succeed. Indeed their master plan has, as its core, the presumed failure of the airport as a pre-requisite. You don't build major housing developments right next to an active airport, the two are simply not mutually compatible due to the noise and intrusion of airside operations. Something has to give, and I strongly suspect it will be the remaining scheduled flight services by KLM and Eastern Airways to Schiphol and Aberdeen respectively. Once they are no more Peel is in the clear to build houses-a-plenty on the land it has all but been gifted. I fly from Newcastle about 20 times a year, short haul commuter tickets are at least £100 than flying from DTVA, so as business decision driving to Newcastle is a no-brainer as my commuting costs come directly off the bottom line. I believe Peel intend to carpet bag DTVA for maximum private profit at the expense of an asset to the region. What almost beggars belief is that senior local Government officials serve on the board of Peel Holdings. Now in my line of business that would be a clear conflict of interest (i.e.: when the potential benefit to oneself or a private company you represent was countrary to the public benefit you are supposed to be safeguarding) However, that seems not to bother some of our regional elected representatives.[/p][/quote]100% correct AllyF.. "Puffing Billy" Dixon is the council rep on Peels airport Board and has not spoken a word in favour of keeping the airport as exactly that an airport.. He misled people as to why Thomson pulled out blaming decreased passenger numbers - as if the Teesside pubic was to blame. However both Thomson and Balkan holidays had increased flights and destinations for 2014 but were told by Peel they were not wanted. Peel deliberately keep charges to airlines high and charge fees to passengers wishing to use the airport. It is blatently obvious that neither the Council(s) nor Peel want the airport.I am sure that KLM and Eastern only stay because of previously contracted arrangements.They too will pull out shortly and Peel will keep Doncaster as their Northern airport and use Teesside as a land grab with all the benefits of break up and sell ons as well as rental income. Peel and the councils should be ashamed - and even more disgusting is our local MPs have watched it happen and have been compliant in the death of what only 10 years ago was a thriving and growing concern.So best get used to it folks - your business and holiday flights will start from Newcastle,leeds or Doncaster. RIP Teesside Airport Darloresident

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