We are also a specialist disposal contractor for aircraft/aircraft parts; undertake aircraft/component restoration work, aircraft engineering, aircraft transportation and logistical work to individual customer requirements. We aim to provide a unique service by offering a combination of items and services which you just can't get anywhere else.
The business was started by Chris in 2006 after he left the Royal Air Force. He started building bespoke aviation themed furniture and display items trading as ‘Jet Art’. The business quickly evolved and over the next few years the role of the business changed with the market.
The demand for aircraft parts in their raw state as well as larger projects such as the restoration and the supply of complete aircraft for display use led to expanding the business. We are now a small but skilled and highly professional Limited Company offering the diverse range of products and services that can be seen throughout our site today. The business is very much an international venture with customers and clients all over the world.
As well as providing a service for aircraft operators, large aviation museums, and the top end aviation collector we also believe in supporting the lower end of the market and treat all customers equally whether you are buying a complete aircraft or a small component for a grass roots aviation restoration project. Thousands of items supplied by us have gone to be used on aircraft and cockpit restoration projects helping to preserve aviation history for generations to come.
Ex Royal Air Force Engineering Technician (Airframe) by trade, Chris served for 8 years in the RAF with 2 years as ground crew on the Red Arrows as an airframe mechanic working on both 1st and 2nd line maintenance. A fantastic posting that was accompanied with plenty of travel as well as the opportunity to fly in the back seat of the Hawk jets.
After qualification as an airframe fitter this followed a tour on Tornado F3 aircraft with 11 Squadron at RAF Leeming. 11 Sqn again offered the opportunity of travel with exercises in Alaska, Florida, Oman and a stint in Saudi for Op Resinate South. Chris left the RAF to get married, settle down and run his own business in 2004.
The skills and experience gained while working on military aircraft have enabled him to succeed in the private sector aircraft business; working till the job is done with a constant drive for excellence. Chris is married to Mel and they have a son, two cats and a couple of rather mad dogs.
A long time ago in a world far, far away Melanie was a Primary School Teacher. Achieving a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and qualified Teacher Status in 1998; she taught in a Leeds Primary School for 7 years.
After meeting and marrying Chris life and her career changed dramatically. After setting up the business together, Mel left the teaching profession to work full time for Jet Art Aviation. She now manages a staff of 8 including volunteers; keeping a sane head when others are losing theirs and ensuring a smooth running office. Whilst not really fully understanding the scrap, ahem, sorry, pieces of aircraft treasure that have overtaken her home she embraces them all the same.
With over 20 years experience in mechanical engineering Paul is no stranger to hard graft, or at least so he claims. Paul is the latest addition to the Jet Art team and we wish him the best of luck settling in to his new role. He will be heading up Jet Art's future projects and running things down in the workshop.
A bit of a whizz when it comes to Marketing, Cameron has fully taken onboard the challenge of taking the Jet Art brand to new levels through social media and the internet. His role has expanded into dealing with the movie prop side of the business, and assisting the MD on a daily basis. Cameron is not afraid of rolling up his sleeves and enjoying an afternoon of aircraft restoration, so long as he can top up his tan in the process.
Katie joined the Jet Art team in July 2014. A self professed "aviation geek", Katie spends most of her free time flying a Slingsby Firefly when she's not busy restoring parts and aircraft for Jet Art Aviation. Katie processes and photographs the more fruity items for our eBay store.
Brenda is an experienced member of the Jet Art team. As a family member she has seen the company grow from it's humble beginnings to eventually joining in and helping bring Jet Art Aviation to where it is today. Brenda is part of the office team and the day-to-day running of the eBay store.
Cameron "Toucan" Farley has kick started his career with us as a workshop/restoration apprentice. Working as Paul's protege it's hard to know whether it will be the good or bad traits he will pick up.. however he's getting stuck in, and isn't afraid to order in more tartan paint or spirit level bubbles.
Affectionately known as "Half-job Copey" due to his ability to drop tools mid-way through a job by order of the management. Craig initially joined to manage the Jet Art grounds. He soon found himself getting stuck in on some restoration work and developing his interest in all things aviation.
The resident comedian, Colin retired from his career as an Electromechanical engineer and now keeps himself busy restoring aircraft and wisecracking here at Jet Art Aviation. In his spare time, Colin plays Bass guitar while jamming with his band.
Steve is a volunteer restoration assistant at Jet Art Aviation. A retired systems engineer, Steve is married to Brenda and occasionally offers his services to the Jet Art team (when he's not strumming his guitar or solving sudokus).
Whilst often found sleeping on the job, Tilly's responsibilities include patrolling the grounds, working with leads, and the acquisition of Jet Art's tennis balls.
Many jobs can be very demanding. In this case, it's the employee. Cassidy's main role is to keep the site clear of any rodent intruders, but he can be found most of the time clawing for attention, walking across keyboards, pouncing on shoulders whilst we are working on aircraft or generally being very demanding asking for cat treats.