Welcome to Aviation Composites
Based at Lasham Airfield in Alton, Hampshire UK with an aviation heritage dating back to 1956.
Originally founded in 1956 by Ken Fripp, the current managing director’s grandfather, in Shoreham-by-Sea Sussex, Southdown Aero Services moved to the current site at Lasham Airfield, around 45 miles southwest of London, in the early 1960s to carry out general aviation repairs.
The company developed through general aviation and motorsport and in 1997 Aviation Composites was formed to solely serve the aerospace OEM supply chain with high quality composite components. This left Aviation Composites’ sister company Southdown Aero Services to concentrate entirely on the EASA part 145 certified aircraft composite repair market.
Aviation Composites is an AS9100 rev D and ISO 9001:2015 and NADCAP Composites approved composite tooling and component manufacturer. Privately owned Aviation Composites is also an EASA part 21G production organisation. The 2 acre site at Lasham Airfield houses manufacturing facilities that include: environmentally controlled clean room with temperature and humidity constantly monitored, temperature controlled freezers, CNC prepreg kit cutter, 3 autoclaves, computer controlled ovens, component trimming and assembly areas, 5-Axis CNC router, 3-Axis CNC router, paint shop and material testing facilities calibrated to aerospace requirements.