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LFD successfully recertified for AS9100 for another three years

LFD has been assessed in a recertification audit by BSI for compliance with EN 9100:2018 (AS9100D) and ISO 9001:2015.

The audit progressed with no major non-compliances and certification now extends to 2026.

A copy of the new certificate is available here.

LFD is proud to be selected by Leonardo as part of Team AW149 UK

The UK AW149 would be built in Yeovil, Somerset and draw on a UK-wide supply chain of more than 70 organisations. LFD is one of the first suppliers to be announced as a team member.

Len Fleck, LFD’s Managing Director said: “LFD has been fortunate to work in a close and successful relationship with Leonardo Helicopters. Leonardo has generously given its support to help LFD in designing and developing world beating aircraft lighting systems. LFD supplies lighting kits for most Leonardo platforms including the AW149, AW159, and AW101. As a small team of 15 staff we are proud and appreciative of our relationship with Leonardo and its support to the UK aerospace industry.”

LFD proud to be supporting the RN Carrier Strike Group

LFD is proud and privileged to supply and support UK military helicopters with lighting equipment, through Leonardo, during the deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth and the Carrier Strike Group.

LFD’s involvement was recognised in an article in The News, Portsmouth.

LFD approved distributor for all Luminator Aerospace products

LFD have had a successful partnership with Luminator over many years promoting their range of aircraft Searchlights.

LFD are proud to announce that they are now approved distributors for all Luminator’s aerospace equipment.

We look forward to working in partnership with Luminator to provide our customers with a more diverse range of lighting products.

LFD approved distributor for AW139 and AB139 LED Searchlight

LFD is now the approved distributor for the supply of a replacement for the existing Sirio Panel supplied halogen landing search light fitted to most AW139 and AB139 helicopters with the Luminator LS400 LED Steerable Searchlight under STC No SR04481AT.

The kit includes all structural components to carry out the modification.  

Contact sales@lfd.ltd.uk for further information.

LFD successfully passes Leonardo Helicopters supplier audit

LFD has been audited by Leonardo Helicopters against QRS-01 and passed with flying colours. No non-conformances were identified.

LFD has a long relationship with Leonardo Helicopters and is proud to receive this continuing recognition. A copy of the certificate with Scope of Approval is available here.

LFD gains Cyber Essentials certification

LFD is proud to announce that it is certified under the Cyber Essentials scheme. This means that its IT defences have been assessed as resilient to cyber attack.

A copy of the certificate is available here.

Major boost to LFD sub-contract machining capability

The new 5-axis machining centre has now been installed and commissioned in LFD’s machine shop, providing a significant increase to the machining capacity.

The machine is a YCM FX350A with full 5-axis simultaneous capability and a Heidenhain iTNC 530 control system, offering the latest in 5-axis technology and performance, capable of machining complex work pieces in one setup.

Staff have been fully trained in its use and it is up and running producing high quality output for LFD’s many aviation and space industry customers.

LFD Celebrates 30th Anniversary

LFD Limited has recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The company was formed in 1989 in Gosport, Hampshire, rapidly acquiring a market leading position for the supply of covert and visible lights to military aircraft customers on both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

The company facility includes aerospace quality design, machining and assembly.

Major customers in the UK include Leonardo, Cobham, BAE and the Ministry of Defence. LFD also exports equipment to Europe, Asia and North America.

In the past two years the company has invested heavily in expanding to larger new custom built premises in Lederle Lane, Gosport. The premises were designed to accommodate a newly acquired machining company (Mellish Engineering) into LFD Limited.

Further investment is anticipated over the next year with significant expenditure on an additional 5th axis machining centre and additional automated mechanical measuring equipment. Also during 2019 the company will be implementing new manufacturing and project control software.

These investments will ensure the long term growth potential and stability of the company.