HHA has access to a pool of highly trained and experienced pilots who between them cover all disciplines of military and trials support flying…
HHA can trace its roots back to the initial first civil operation of former military jet fighter aircraft in the UK in the early 1980’s when former three times Red Arrows Leader Ray Hanna founded OFMC and thrilled crowds at Air Displays throughout the world. Out of a friendship between former Management Consultant and financier Mat Potulski and Ray’s son and ex fighter pilot Mark, emerged the kernel of the outsourced fast jet service provision concept.
This idea gathered strength, various aircraft types were evaluated and a fast jet fleet was built up, initially based at Duxford Airfield, but relocating to its current home of RAF Scampton in 1998. Following the tragic death of Mark Hanna and the then Chief Engineer John Chillingworth in 1999, the enterprise was reappraised by Mat Potulski. It was deemed to be viable and, after significant further investment, was established as a standalone company in early 2000 under the management of Mat Potulski.
Today, HHA is at the forefront of Contractualised Air Support and has evolved into the largest civil owner / operator of military fast jets in Europe. Endorsed by the MoD and major defence contractors, HHA has access to an in-house fleet of 17 aircraft covering a broad performance spectrum, maintained and crewed by suitably qualified and experienced ex RAF, RN & Test Pilot personnel.
In the context of ever spiralling budgetary pressures faced by the Defence sector, HHA’s founding premise of a flexible, cost effective and bespoke service provision has become ever more relevant. We provide deployable fast jets (together with all related support services) on contract to Armed Forces as well as Defence Contractors for Trials Support, Threat Simulation, Mission Support Training, photo-chase and radar calibration taskings. Additionally, HHA undertakes project & trials management and provides various fast jet related maintenance, engineering and training services.
One of the biggest changes came in 2006 when HHA gained regulatory approval to operate on the UK Ministry of Defence Military Aircraft Register. This not only enables the seamless integration of HHA services within the NATO procedural and operating environment, but also acts as a testament to the operational and engineering standards maintained by HHA. At its core, this unmatched regulatory oversight hinges round the Military Aviation Authority’s endorsement of the HHA Air Safety Management System and associated Air Safety Management Plan as evidenced by our sixteen year track record of safe and dependable operations.