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  • TonyT
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Oct 2006
    • 9044

    Hearing CFS at Coventry have bounced back

    Sad to say, that is what is on the grapevine, they sent everyone home Friday and the answer machine is telling everyone the office is now closed.
    Last edited by TonyT; 5th December 2011, 16:48.
  • Bruce
    Independent analyst
    • Jan 2000
    • 10226

    #2
    Lets take care with an announcement such as this - we should wait for an official position before reading too much into it.


    Bruce

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    • Newforest
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Apr 2005
      • 8893

      #3
      This would presumably be CFS Aeroproducts for those of us not too familiar with the location.

      http://www.cfsaeroproducts.co.uk/
      http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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      • richw_82
        White Knuckle Airlines
        • Nov 2009
        • 1680

        #4
        Following a couple of phonecalls (SPT has one of WR963's props across there) it appears CFS is closed.

        Don't know the ins, the outs or why.

        Rich

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        • TonyT
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Oct 2006
          • 9044

          #5
          Hope things are resolved soon for all involved and their jobs are ok, shame, because a good bunch of lads that work there.
          Last edited by TonyT; 5th December 2011, 16:49.

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          • efiste2
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Aug 2007
            • 369

            #6
            excuse the lack of knowledge is this company owned by the chap who bought the airport at Coventry....

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            • TonyT
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Oct 2006
              • 9044

              #7
              Originally posted by efiste2 View Post
              excuse the lack of knowledge is this company owned by the chap who bought the airport at Coventry....

              No, it is I believe a private company based there.

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              • Phantom Phil
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Nov 2007
                • 1062

                #8
                CFS

                I used to work at CFS and can confirm the company was set up by three men. They were, Mike Collet, 'someone who escapes me' Foden and Martin Slater, hence CFS. I hope things are not as bad as they seem!

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                • Moggy C
                  Moderator
                  • Jan 2000
                  • 20534

                  #9
                  James Foden and Mike Collett were basically Atlantique.

                  As they got older they sold off or privatised much of the empire.

                  Highland Airways to a management buy-out etc. (Since failed)

                  I am guessing CFS was similarly disposed of.

                  Moggy
                  "What you must remember" Flip said "is that nine-tenths of Cattermole's charm lies beneath the surface." Many agreed.

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                  • Firebex
                    North Yorkshire
                    • Jan 2010
                    • 1600

                    #10
                    Originally posted by Phantom Phil View Post
                    I used to work at CFS and can confirm the company was set up by three men. They were, Mike Collet, 'someone who escapes me' Foden and Martin Slater, hence CFS. I hope things are not as bad as they seem!


                    Same here Phil it was yours truly who did most of the Prentice rebuild and had the pleasure of doing the Twin pin strip before being made redundant.They seem to make a habit of it there sadly. I might therefore have worked with you ?? ( 1990 to 1994)

                    But I digress. Martin Slater, Jame Foden, Mike Collet also previously known also as Air Atlantique and a few other hats.CFS was originally operated in Malta at Luqa airport and undertook the Engine and prop side of things then it was closed down and everything shipped back to Coventry including the Port wing I think it was for the BBMF DC3 we had in the shop for overhaul prior to going to them.The engines and props where then done in house at Coventry. I do not know what became of Jimbob as he used to be affectionately known but he was getting on ,all the DC3 spares and Twin pioneer stuff etc was stored in barns at his farm (think he planned to turn it into a golf course or driving range ??). Martin was director in charge of engineering and Mike Collet was over all supremo.

                    Then they appear to have expanded again and the CFS name got a rebirth but to be honest things seem to change at Coventry as often as Mike Collet changes his underwear so anything could be fact or not.But would not surprise a lot of us who know the place and organisation.

                    Mike E

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                    • Moggy C
                      Moderator
                      • Jan 2000
                      • 20534

                      #11
                      Originally posted by Firebex View Post
                      ... before being made redundant.They seem to make a habit of it there sadly. I might therefore have worked with you ?? ( 1990 to 1994)
                      I lasted three whole months in 1996-7 before being made redundant on one of Mr Collett's whims.

                      I can't fault the generosity of the pay-off though and still admire the guy for what he has done.

                      Moggy
                      "What you must remember" Flip said "is that nine-tenths of Cattermole's charm lies beneath the surface." Many agreed.

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                      • BlueRobin
                        Fast Moderator
                        • Jan 2000
                        • 3311

                        #12
                        A friend was considering an engine rebuild at CFS. I'm glad they went for the more expensive and operational option.
                        See how they wheel, bank and glide? Perfect. All in one.

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                        • Phantom Phil
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Nov 2007
                          • 1062

                          #13
                          My time at CFS was 2001 to 2002

                          Originally posted by Firebex View Post
                          Same here Phil it was yours truly who did most of the Prentice rebuild and had the pleasure of doing the Twin pin strip before being made redundant.They seem to make a habit of it there sadly. I might therefore have worked with you ?? ( 1990 to 1994)

                          But I digress. Martin Slater, Jame Foden, Mike Collet also previously known also as Air Atlantique and a few other hats.CFS was originally operated in Malta at Luqa airport and undertook the Engine and prop side of things then it was closed down and everything shipped back to Coventry including the Port wing I think it was for the BBMF DC3 we had in the shop for overhaul prior to going to them.The engines and props where then done in house at Coventry. I do not know what became of Jimbob as he used to be affectionately known but he was getting on ,all the DC3 spares and Twin pioneer stuff etc was stored in barns at his farm (think he planned to turn it into a golf course or driving range ??). Martin was director in charge of engineering and Mike Collet was over all supremo.

                          Then they appear to have expanded again and the CFS name got a rebirth but to be honest things seem to change at Coventry as often as Mike Collet changes his underwear so anything could be fact or not.But would not surprise a lot of us who know the place and organisation.

                          Mike E

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                          • Anon
                            Mike Davey
                            • Jan 2008
                            • 2871

                            #14
                            CFS

                            I had the pleasure, several times, of meeting and dealing with Martin Slater. We found him to be a decent chap and was a dyed-in-the-wool traditional engineer.

                            He showed us pics and told us the story of his rebuilding of a Gypsy engine to running condition at home, when he was in his teens. I think he got it running in the path out the front of the house!

                            He helped us out with all sorts of parts and answered all of our searching questions about what, how and why. Surrounded by vintage engines and propellers he was in his element (and we were in heaven).

                            CFS occupied the old Alvis works on the opposite side of the airport from the hangars. I remember the Twin Pin, Mike. It was (is?) stored dismantled down the outside of one of the buildings. I also remember a lot of Cheetah engines dotted about the place.

                            Seems that, with the demise of CFS another little nugget of old aviation has bit the dust

                            Anon.
                            Last edited by Anon; 6th December 2011, 21:59.

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                            • TonyT
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Oct 2006
                              • 9044

                              #15
                              Just because it has gone into receivership if it indeed has does not mean it has gone... fingers crossed.

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                              • philip turland
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Jan 2005
                                • 700

                                #16
                                tried to business with them a few years ago - almost impossible to get a figure for a prop overhaul

                                eventually quoted me 15 grand on a beech 18 prop overhaul so i bought 2 from the states for about 7 grand

                                that was my experience with CFS

                                saying that - a chap recently was very helpful on the phone but we still couldn't do business.

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                                • BlueRobin
                                  Fast Moderator
                                  • Jan 2000
                                  • 3311

                                  #17
                                  PT - heard the same, couldn't give a price!
                                  See how they wheel, bank and glide? Perfect. All in one.

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                                  • The Blue Max
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Mar 2005
                                    • 2127

                                    #18
                                    Sad news if it is true, Never had any probs getting a fair price out of CFS for Hamilton Standard prop overhauls and always a good job done. Where now will you get many older props O/H'd ???
                                    "I see something of the cobra in you Stachel!"

                                    Sywell Airshow 17th August 2014

                                    www.sywellairshow.co.uk

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                                    • philip turland
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Jan 2005
                                      • 700

                                      #19
                                      maybe just priced themselves out of the market place - it happens

                                      propshop at duxford should pick up the fall out i guess or we send our money to obama

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                                      • TonyT
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Oct 2006
                                        • 9044

                                        #20
                                        Anon
                                        I had the pleasure, several times, of meeting and dealing with Martin Slater. He was a decent chap and was a dyed-in-the-wool traditional engineer.
                                        Err I believe he still is....

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