Global ATS Limited (GATS) announced on 23rd October 2019 that it has been acquired by the Burgess Hill, UK based Quadrant Group Limited (Quadrant).
Quadrant is a specialist aviation simulation and training company. The acquisition of GATS enables Quadrant to strengthen its position in Air Traffic Control (ATC) simulation and training and supports GATS’ growth ambitions.
Quadrant comprises Quadrant Systems Limited (QSL), the UK operating company based in Burgess Hill, West Sussex; Quadrant Simulation Systems, Inc. (QSSI), the US operating company based in Orlando, Florida; Micro Nav Limited, the ATC simulator specialist operating in Bournemouth, Dorset; and Quest Flight Training Limited (Quest), based at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, UK and now GATS.
GATS is a growing company specialising in ATC and Air Traffic Management (ATM) training for the United Kingdom and worldwide markets. To further maximise its growth potential, GATS has been acquired by Quadrant. GATS will remain a separate company, operating as a further arm of the Quadrant Group of Companies.
Murray Cole, outgoing GATS Chairman welcomed the transaction and said “This signifies a major positive move for GATS as it continues to grow”. Marcus Mimms, GATS Managing Director said “I am excited about the prospects for GATS being part of Quadrant, this transaction offers greater opportunities to maximise GATS’ growth potential. Quadrant has synonymous values to GATS, and I look forward to supporting Quadrant through the transition period as GATS embarks on the next phase of its growth agenda.”
Commenting on the acquisition David Coghlan, Quadrant Chairman said “This is an exciting time for Quadrant having recently celebrated our 25-year anniversary. The addition of GATS provides Quadrant a training service provision to complement our existing, world-leading ATC product proposition. It also allows Quadrant to grow within its natural realm of training and simulation. Combined revenues for Quadrant are now £30Million, with around 220 staff.”
Stephen Williams, Quadrant CEO added “GATS has similar company values to those of Quadrant in that it is customer-centric, people focussed and is striving for a strong open and communicative culture. I am delighted that GATS will be joining Quadrant. GATS is a leading independent provider of ATC training with customers worldwide. I am very enthusiastic about the growth potential of Quadrant, with GATS providing synergies to our existing capability in aviation simulation and training.”
Global ATS specialise in the provision of Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) training to both the UK and worldwide markets. GATS is a UK CAA Certified Initial Training organisation (ITO) providing a range of EU2015/340 training to its extensive UK customer base at its Gloucestershire Airport HQ. GATS is also holding formal approvals from several International organisations for the provision of ICAO compliant ATC training which is delivered either from the Gloucester College Campus in Cheltenham, UK or at the customers site depending on specific requirements.
Quadrant Group comprises Quadrant Systems Limited (QSL), the UK operating company based in Burgess Hill, West Sussex; Quadrant Simulation Systems, Inc. (QSSI), the US operating company based in Orlando, Florida; Micro Nav Limited, the ATC simulator specialist operating in Bournemouth, Dorset; and Quest Flight Training Limited (Quest), based at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, UK.
QSL provides a comprehensive range of services that cover all the core areas of flight simulation tailored to the specific needs of both civil and military customers in the UK and worldwide.
QSSI provides a comprehensive range of services that covers relocations, manufacturing services, visual systems updates and OEM support.
Micro Nav is a leading specialist company developing and supplying Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Air Defence simulators and training systems.
Quest is a 50/50 joint-venture with Rockwell Collins to deliver the Sentry Aircrew Training Service to the UK Ministry of Defence; the Service is delivered by Quadrant.
Quadrant’s focus is on delivering high-quality solutions that meet customer requirements on time. The comprehensive range of products and services, covering all key areas, is tailored to suit individual needs for both Military and Civil customers worldwide.
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