Q&A with Oli Micklefield, Business Director at ATL

Q&A with Oli Micklefield, Business Director at ATL

ATL will be one of many exhibitors showcasing their latest products at Vertical Flight Expo 2019 this November. Oli Micklefield, Business Director at ATL, reveals what attendees can expect from them at the show and the biggest challenges facing their company today.


Can you tell us a bit about ATL?

ATL is an EASA approved Design Organisation (DOA No. EASA.21J.016), authorized to design and certify modifications (known as Design Changes) and repairs, to both large and small rotor-craft. All changes or repairs are classified as ‘major’ or ‘minor’ and certified as complying with the requirements of EASA Certification Specifications CS 27 and CS 29. Our scope of approval includes changes and repairs to aircraft related structures, avionics installations, cabin interiors, electrical systems and hydro-mechanical systems in accordance with the applicable type-certification basis and environmental protection requirements.


What can we expect to see from ATL at the show, and where can we find you?

We will be displaying our manufactured Vernier Ice Accretion Meters, Lumbar Support Cushions and our Troop Seats both for use in helicopters and rotor-craft. Come and visit us at Stand J11 for all your design and certification requirements.


This will be your first year exhibiting at the show – what attracted you to the Expo?

ATL previously exhibited at Helitech International when it was held in the UK. We had a great experience at the show, so exhibiting at Vertical Flight Expo seemed to be a logical follow on. We have also attended Helitech International as a visitor in the past, so we’re really looking forward to the event in its first year as Vertical Flight Expo.


Tell us more about a recent product or project that you’ve worked on

ATL has recently obtained an EASA STC for the Installation of a Solid-State Quick Access Recorder (SSQAR), on Sikorsky S-76 rotorcraft. The SSQAR is introduced for the purposes of operational flight data monitoring and replaces the existing Multi-Purpose Flight Recorder (MPFR) and Remote Data Acquisition Unit (RDAU). It records a variety of parameters as specified by the operator.


ATL is currently working to achieve CAAC (China) validated approval of this STC for the Chinese market. The company also produces Vernier Ice Accretion Meters, Troop Seats and Lumbar Cushions for civil and military aircraft.


What do you think is the most exciting upcoming trend in the vertical flight industry? And what is the biggest challenge facing the industry?

We think the operation of aerial taxis, and the challenges that this will pose for the regulatory framework of certification requirements, is the hottest trend in the industry and one to follow closely.

However, for the UK, we feel that Brexit is the biggest challenge facing our industry at the moment, particularly with regards the relationship between the UK CAA and EASA.

To mitigate any effects of Brexit, and in order to maintain our current DOA Scope of Approval, ATL has set up an EU-based subsidiary company, ATL Europe, to which our DOA approval is in the process of being transferred. This will enable us to maintain our current services and support to our customers following the UK’s exit from the EU.


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