Catalogue description Redifon Air Trainers Ltd, Aylesbury: papers from the office of Mr Bryan Hyde, Personnel Manager

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Details of D 199
Reference: D 199
Title: Redifon Air Trainers Ltd, Aylesbury: papers from the office of Mr Bryan Hyde, Personnel Manager

This collection includes marketing material, photographs, personnel records, correspondence, salaries and pension material, financial records, and other miscellaneous material

Date: 1956-1973

It has not been possible to recreate the original arrangement of these records and they have, therefore, been grouped according to their subject matter.


Summary of records


D/199/1 Information and marketing brochures


D/199/2 Photographs, descriptions and plans of the site


D/199/3 Personnel Policy, Welfare and General Personnel Matters


D/199/4 Job Descriptions & contracts


D/199/5 Correspondence


D/199/6 Personnel summaries and statistics


D/199/7 Salaries and remuneration


D/199/8 Pensions


D/199/9 Training and Apprentices


D/199/10 Industrial Relations (Consultative Committee and Trade Unions)


D/199/11 Finance and efficiency


D/199/12 Canteen


D/199/13 Social


D/199/14 Run-down of Aylesbury Unit and Redundancy


D/199/15 Miscellaneous

Held by: Buckinghamshire Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Redifon Air Trainers Ltd, Aylesbury

Hyde, Bryan, fl 1952-1972, personnel manager

Physical description: 197 files
Immediate source of acquisition:

AR 68/93

Administrative / biographical background:

The donor first joined the Company in 1952. He became Technical Personnel Officer in 1966 and succeeded Mr A J Sage as Personnel Manager in 1971, finally leaving the Company in 1972.


Company History


Air Trainers Ltd was formed in 1946 in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, apparently as successors to JVW Ltd which, since 1936, had been importing and servicing the American-made Link trainers for the RAF. It moved to Aylesbury in 1946. As well as manufacturing the Link trainer under licence, the company pioneered the development of DC analogue computing techniques for flight simulators, the first of which was delivered to the RAF in 1953. By 1954 the workforce had grown to 500. In 1956 Link Aviation of New York, USA, acquired a controlling interest. In 1959 the Link interest was transferred to the parent company, General Precision Equipment Corporation, and the name of the company changed to General Precision Systems Ltd. By 1963 there were 950 employees in Aylesbury occupying 120 000 square feet. In 1967 the firm became a subsidiary of Redifon Ltd, a member of the Rediffusion organisation, and was renamed Redifon Air Trainers Ltd. In 1972 production was transferred to the Redifon Flight Simulator Division, Crawley.


Chronological History of Company


1936 JVW Corporation Ltd set up at 30 Chester Street, London SW1


1938 Moved to 16 Buckingham Palace Gardens, London SW1


[1938 Establishment of subsidiary company - Civil Air Training School Ltd]


1939 Moved to Aston Clinton


1942 Moved to Meesrs Albertini Ltd site in Leighton Buzzard


1946 Moved to Cubitt works, Aylesbury


1946 Dec Air Trainers Ltd formed to continue work of JVW Co Ltd


1949 Additional factory opened on Aston estate, Aylesbury


1955 Moved from Cubitt works to Bicester Road, Aylesbury


1956 Name changed to Air Trainers Link Ltd after Link Aviation USA had acquired the majority shareholding


1959 Name changed to General Precision Systems Ltd after Link interest passed to General Precision Equipment Co.


1967 Name changed to Redifon Air Trainers Ltd after company became a subsidiary of Redifon Ltd


1972 Production transferred to Redifon Flight Simulator Division, Crawley

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