H+S Aviation History

Still going strong after 70 years!

H+S Aviation Limited was founded by the Hawes family in 1946 as Hants and Sussex Aviation and celebrates its 70th Anniversary in 2016.

In those 70 years H+S Aviation Limited has seen many changes but as a testament to the quality of our service and company culture we are still going strong.

The first Hants and Sussex office was located above the archway of what was then the Bailey family business of builders and estate agents in Bognor Regis. The company’s first workshop was in Fratton, Portsmouth and comprised of an estimated 1,500 square feet. We relocated to the edge of what was then Portsmouth Municipal Airport in 1947 and have been here ever since.

Enjoy the varied photo’s from our long history, below is a list of company milestones as we have moved through the years!!


1946 Company founded by A.H.Hawes, W.E.Hawes, A.E.Hawes & F.G.Lewis with a workshop in Portsmouth and a workshop in Bognor Regis – Hants & Sussex Aviation Ltd.
Main activities are government contracts for demolition of surplus WW II aircraft and engines
1947 Both workshops relocated to Portsmouth Airport
1949 Aircraft scrap work reduced
Aircraft maintenance and piston engine R&O activities started
1953 Designed and constructed the prototype Hants & Sussex Herald single seat ultra-light aircraft
1956 Became first independent aircraft piston engine overhaul facility to have a correlated Dynamometer Test Cell
1965 Constructed two replica Levavesseur Antoinette IV aircraft for the film “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines”
1968 Purchased by RTZ Pillar Engineering Group
1971 Air Engine Services ltd at Blindley Heath absorbed into Hants & Sussex Aviation to become Division 2
First gas turbine R&O activities started
Rolls Royce Dart Technical Assistance Agreement
Allison Model 250 Distributorship
1973 Portsmouth Airport closes
Aircraft maintenance activities stop
1975 Hants & Sussex Division 3 opened at Portsmouth Airport
Hants & Sussex Division 4 opened in Bournemouth
1978 Purchased the design rights for the STAD Low Pressure Air Starter
1980 GE CT58 Technical Assistance Agreement
1981 Purchased the design rights for the De Havilland Gypsy Major & Queen series of engines
1983 New Division 3 facility built at Portsmouth Airport
1984 GE CT7 Technical Assistance Agreement
R-R Nimbus approval
1986 Division 1 site redeveloped
The company renamed H+S Aviation Ltd
1987 Queens award for industry
1992 All activities moved to Portsmouth
1993 Purchased by MB Caradon plc
1996 50th Anniversary
Purchased by Vector Industries ltd
1997 Piston engine R&O activities stop
1998 Honeywell 36-100 & 36-150 approval
Purchased by BBA
1999 Hamilton Sundstrand APS500 & APS1000 approval
2000 Honeywell 331-200 & 331-250 approval
2004 P&WC JT15D Distributor and Designated Overhaul Facility
2006 DAI Regional Turbine Centre relocates to Portsmouth
2007 Propeller R&O activities stop
2009 Hamilton Standard T-62T-40-1 approval
P&WC PT6T Distributor and Designated Overhaul Facility
2011 H+S celebrates 65 years in business, GE CT7-8 capability
2012 H+S achieves Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status
2013 H+S gains BBA Aviation Aftermarket Division prominence, 100% GE ECMP approval
2014 Establish P&WC DOF (Designated Overhaul Facility) in Abu Dhabi
2016 H+S Celetrates 70 years in business.
45 years AMROC for Rolls-Royce M250 engines
30 years OH of General Electric CT7 engines