SFL lands two-way radio deal at Cotswold Airport
Written by: Richard Hook | Published:
View looking east overhead at Cotswold Airport The airfield was renamed Cotswold Airport in 2009 (credit: Adrian Pingstone/Wikimedia Commons)

SFL Mobile Radio has announced a deal to supply Gloucestershire-based airfield Cotswold Airport with Motorola DP1400 two-way radios.

The Ronan Harvey-owned airfield, formerly known as RAF Kemble, spans a 532-acre site and has acquired a set of the DP1400 radios to support its CAA-licensed flying clubs.

Speaking about the new deal, airports operations assistant Julian Simms said: “Spread across a 532 acre site and being a hive of activity means there is a need for clear communication across the airfield.

“Having explained the requirements for the radios, SFL recommended going with the Motorola DP1400 two-way radios. Using licenced equipment means the coverage is greater than basic unlicensed radios and the lines are also more secure. This is paramount considering the inherent dangers of operating an airfield.”

From 1966 until 1983 the airport housed the Red Arrows, the RAF's aerobatic display team, but all military flying ceased at Kemble airfield in 1993. The Ministry of Defence leased buildings on the site before selling the airfield to Harvey, a Gloucestershire businessman, in March 2001. The site was renamed Cotswold Airport in 2009, having previously operated as Kemble Airport or Kemble Airfield and also has an onsite restaurant open to the public.

In the past two years, SFL has also signed deals with international retailer L’Occitane, hotel chain IBIS and Brixton-based London Camera Company (LCC) to supply them with Motorola DP1400 two-way radios.

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