Headquartered in Consett, County Durham, CAV is a leading provider of ice protection and drag reduction technology to general aviation, commercial aerospace, and defence markets worldwide.
The only supplier of fluid-based ice protection systems globally and the leading supplier of laser perforated surfaces, CAV has operated as a critical technology and manufacturing partner to major commercial OEMs since 1942.
Working alongside aircraft engineers, CAV assists in the design, testing, analysis, manufacture, integration and approval of unique technology solutions to overcome critical safety challenges and increase the efficiency of flight.
In 2017 CAV became an independent business, supported by Baird Capital, the direct private investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co. Since this time, the business has continued to prosper and in September 2023 became a member of the Loar Group Inc. portfolio which will enable the company to further develop and cement its leading position as a Tier 1 supplier in the aviation and aerospace markets.
AS9100 Rev D Certification
CAA Part 21 Approved
CAA Part 145 Approved
FAA Repair Station Approved
FAA PMA Holders
Global Headquarters: Consett, Durham, UK
CAV operates its principal administrative, engineering and manufacturing operations from a modern industrial complex, in the heart of County Durham. Situated in a region of the Northern Powerhouse dominant in aerospace research, technology development and manufacturing, CAV is close to Newcastle upon Tyne, one of the UK’s six Science Cities. Only an 80 minute flight from Amsterdam or Paris, CAV services a diverse global aviation market.
Tel: +44 (0) 1207 599 140
North American Operations: New Century, Kansas, USA
Located at New Century Air Center (KIXD), CAV’s North American facility boasts an FAA-approved repair station and specialises in design engineering, certification and approval, aerodynamics and thermodynamics. Producing some of the greatest aviation pioneers of the 20th Century, including aviators Amelia Earhart, Clyde Cessna and, Walter and Olive Beech, Kansas remains home to several major aircraft manufacturers.
Tel: +1 (913) 738 5390
If you are visiting nearby or would like to visit either of our facilities please get in touch, as we would be happy to show you around.
CAV, formerly known as TKS Ltd, was formed between Tecalemit, Kilfrost and Sheepbridge Stokes in 1942 by the UK Government’s Ministry of War to assist RAF Command tackle the issue of icing on a newly designed aircraft.
de Havilland’s development of the 125 business jet from 1961, saw them select TKS in favor of pneumatic boots, which were considered aerodynamically unacceptable for the Bristol Siddeley Viper turbojet.
Work with NASA and McDonnell Douglas on applications of hybrid laminar flow control began in 1978 and CAV went on to develop techniques for production of laser perforated titanium, which was also used to make TKS panels.
Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s HLFC research progressed and in 2006 Boeing began production of the 787 with HLFC technology applied to its tail fin.
CAV became an independent business, supported by Baird Capital, the direct private investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co. with a view to cement its leading position as a Tier 1 supplier in the aviation and aerospace markets.
CAV joins the Loar Group Inc family, a diversified manufacturer and supplier with established relationships across leading aerospace and defence OEMS, Tier One manufacturers, and airline customers worldwide.