The Sandy Gunn ACP Annual Review – 2019/2020
Updated: Oct 4
Late September marks the first anniversary of the launch of the Sandy Gunn Aerospace Careers Programme (ACP) and, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and consequent severe disruption to business and life generally, I am delighted to advise that the restoration to flight of Spitfire PR.IV AA810 and the behind-the-scenes preparatory activity of the ACP continue apace most successfully. Indeed, not only are we still on track for AA810 to take to the skies again in 2023 as planned, but we are also ready to commence ACP Presentations as soon as the schools are able to receive us in 2021.
Progress to this point is documented in our first ACP Annual Review. As you will see, this year’s edition is intended as a foundation document for all the subsequent Reviews; consequently, it goes into considerable detail in respect of the PRU, AA810, and Sandy Gunn himself. Additionally, as background it provides a brief history of aviation & aerospace. These elements will only be included in future Reviews when it is necessary to provide an update. However, those elements that will continue to be included will be the ACP as it further develops, the fourth industrial revolution and its effects as it progresses, the UK economy, the aerospace & aviation industries and associated careers, useful contacts, and a growing list of further reading. That said, because the Reviews are annual publications, to keep the careers information they contain up-to-date during each year, three short Newsletters will also be published in between.
Over the years, when collated together, these Reviews will be the story of the conception, operation and continuing development of the UK-wide ACP which, with Spitfire PR.IV AA810 herself, forms Project AA810, a living memorial to No. 1 PRU on the one hand and, with those brave young men in mind, an inspiration to future generations on the other. We welcome all comments and suggestions on these Reviews, and wish all who use them every success in their endeavours, however they are, or will be, involved in Project AA810.
Finally, recognising the difficult circumstances of the moment, we leave the last word to Matthew Ward, Partner and Aerospace Leader with Ernst & Young, one of the ‘Big Four’ global accountancy & consulting firms:
“Despite short term volatility, the longer-term outlook for the aerospace sector remains positive. Sector growth estimates pre-epidemic were higher than global GDP growth rates with the emerging markets, particularly Asia, driving much of this demand. The sector, while not immune, has survived many recent crises, e.g. the financial crash and the SARS outbreak, and it is expected that growth for the sector will continue on a similar upward trajectory post Covid-19 crisis, albeit the downturn may last longer. With long-term order books for OEMs, and a heritage of resilience and innovation, the flight path towards the future looks brighter than one might expect and the sector has a history of rejuvenating itself in a post-crisis world.”
Now read on with the full review in the PDF below.
Dr Michael Smith FRAeS
Chairman & Trustee, Sandy Gunn Aerospace Careers Programme