RVL Group is a specialist aviation services provider based at East Midlands Airport. Formed after a management buyout in 2007, the company began re-locating its core business from Coventry Airport to East Midlands Airport in autumn 2010 following completion of its state-of-the-art purpose built hangar and maintenance facility.

Operating and maintaining its own fleet of 16 aircraft, RVL Group provides services to a range of private and public sector clients and offers expertise in areas as diverse as aerial surveillance and survey, passenger and cargo ad hoc and long-term charter, temporary and permanent aircraft modifications for project work and aerial spraying of pollution dispersants. RVL Group and its wholly-owned operating subsidiaries are the holders of various UK, European and US regulatory approvals to conduct almost all types of aerial activity and full maintenance on a wide range of aircraft and components. These include EASA AOC and CAA Type A Operating licence, Part 145, Part M, Approved Training Organisation and Dangerous Goods approvals.


RVL Group operates the following aircraft:

  • 5 x Beechcraft B200 King Air
  • 7 x Reims-Cessna F406
  • 3 x Cessna 404 Titan
  • 1 x Cessna 402

RVL has also operated the following types during the course of its history:

  • 4 x Cessna 310
  • 2 x Partenavia P.68
  • 1 x Britten Norman Islander

RVL Senior Management Team

Dave Connor

Managing Director

Function & tasks
As MD I have overarching responsibility for the business and its regulatory approvals. I have many years of experience in specialist aviation market segments including survey and surveillance, passenger, and cargo transportation. Most of my career has been in operations management and in commercial facing roles. I started in aviation as an operations officer for Air Atlantique in 2006. I was recently awarded an MBA by the University of Hertfordshire and am now engaged with both the CBI and the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers, an active livery investing in young people with a focus on engineering.

Customer Focus
RVL comprises a team of passionate people, which I am proud to lead, with a commitment to service. This commitment is what makes our team so great. With a wide and extensive breadth of experience across the business, we are able to offer a unique and authentic value proposition to current and prospective customers.

Mark Adamson

Finance Director

Function & tasks
As Finance Director, I have responsibility for the Finance function of the group. This involves providing a service to stakeholders internally and externally to customers alongside supporting the growth plans of the business. I have worked as a Finance Director in Aviation for 13 years and have previous experience from different sectors including logistics and shipping which gives me a broad industry perspective.

Customer Focus
My priorities are to provide timely accurate financial information both to the team within RVL and also to support the needs of our supply chain and customers.

Dean Simpkins

Head of Engineering

Function & tasks
As Head of Engineering and nominated EASA Form 4 Post holder & Accountable Manager – Part 145, I have responsibility for providing the RVL Group and its customers its Engineering requirements. I have worked in Aircraft maintenance and airline project management for almost 30 years both in large commercial airlines and other entities.

Customer Focus
My priority is ensuring our practices have the highest levels of safety and compliance and ensuring the Engineering team provide the necessary aircraft reliability and availability to meet the operational needs of the Business.

Joe Somers

Head of Commercial / Ground Operations

Function & tasks
As Head of Commercial / Ground Operations, I am responsible for providing RVL Group’s Operational requirements so we can serve our customers efficiently and reliably. I work closely with the Heads of Engineering and Flight Operations and between us we are on top of the tasks we have to perform. I have worked in the Aviation sector for 30 years which includes roles in large commercial airlines, smaller start ups and consultancy positions, in various parts of the world.

Customer Focus
My priority is to ensure that we satisfy customer expectations by providing aircraft availability to fulfil our operational commitments.

Adam Sweeney

Head of Airworthiness

Function & tasks
Being responsible for continued airworthiness for the RVL operated fleet as Head of Airworthiness (Part M). My team and I are responsible for establishing, managing and fulfilling the aircraft maintenance programs on all of RVL’s various aircraft types for both Part 145 and Part M, monitoring fleet reliability, ensuring regulatory compliance, working with aviation design companies regarding mission specific aircraft modifications, management of aircraft technical records and planning all scheduled maintenance events from a simple tyre change to a turbine engine overhaul. As the nominated postholder with the UK CAA, I am the appointed Continued Airworthiness Manager and Airworthiness Review Signatory for RVL Aviation and have the tremendous privilege of confirming that an aircraft is airworthy.

Customer Focus
Through a combination of extensive experience with RVL types and strategic planning, my aim is to achieve the minimum amount of aircraft downtime and the minimum number of maintenance visits to maximise aircraft availability and utilisation without any detriment to dispatch reliability or flight safety. This is accomplished through comprehensive scheduling and extended fleet monitoring across a number of elements ranging from oil usage to engine performance parameters. Such a thorough and complex measure gives our customers the confidence that flights will go ahead when they need them to, and maintenance events are streamlined to be both efficient and economic.

Jackie Welburn

Head of HR

Function & tasks
As Head of HR, I have responsibility for the people functions of the group. This involves working closely with the Senior Management Team on the people strategies for our business to support our market strategies and customer requirements whilst leading the engagement of our existing employees and attracting new talent into the Business to support our future needs. I have worked in Aviation for 3 years, but prior to this have HR experience in various sectors including Engineering, Construction, IT and pharmaceutical businesses both SME’s and larger Corporations.

Customer Focus
My priority is our people, this is in partnership with the Senior Management Team and the needs of the Business to engage and develop our existing employee group whilst attracting future talent.