Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis and Deputy Lieutenant Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach presented Inzpire Limited with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation during a reception at the company’s newly refurbished head office yesterday (Tuesday 23 November).
This is the second time the Lincoln-based defence company has been bestowed with the Queen’s Award, after initially receiving the award in 2014 for its GECO Air electronic flight bag.
This year, it is the company’s GECO Mission Support System which has merited Inzpire’s inclusion in the prestigious awards.
Designed by ex-military aviators and industry-leading engineers from Inzpire’s Mission Systems Division, the GECO Mission Support System enhances safety and effectiveness for aircraft operations. Consisting of ground-based mission planning tools and a ruggedised tablet which is used in-flight to assist aircrew during complex operations, the system has been in use with the UK Ministry of Defence for over a decade and is employed by several international armed forces, as well as being utilised during a number of humanitarian crises.
Since winning Inpire’s first Queen’s Award in 2014, the company’s mission systems experts have been working tirelessly to enhance the capability which now enables aircrew to plan, fly and debrief missions using one system. The system can be used by multiple aircraft at once, and enables communications between aircraft during flight using an instant messaging tool.
During the ceremony, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis explained that since the awards’ inauguration in 1966, 1357 companies have been honoured with a Queen’s Award, averaging around 25 per year. He said this demonstrated how prestigious the award is, especially for a business to have won it twice.
The award winning Inzpire mission systems team with Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis (third left) and Deputy Lieutenant Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach (centre).
Hugh Griffiths, Inzpire CEO said: “It was an honour to host Her Majesty’s representatives at Inzpire’s new head office facility. This award means a huge amount to me personally, as it does to so many people here, because 80% of our employees are ex-military and spent a great number of years serving Her Majesty in the armed forces. Many of our employees are still reservists and continue to serve alongside their day jobs here at Inzpire.”
On accepting the award from Her Majesty’s representatives, Andy Woodrow, Head of Mission Systems at Inzpire said: “To repeat our 2014 achievement and receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation for the next iteration of our GECO Mission Support Systems is testimony to our determination to provide the very best for our customers.
“Through hard work and close liaison with our customer base we have created a market-leading Mission Support System which continues to support military aircrew through all phases of their mission cycle, increasing operational effectiveness and safety for all aircraft operations; something we are all very proud of.
“As we increase our user community, with new customers such as the UK Military Flight Training School, we will continue to deliver first class systems and support to the armed forces’ future aviators. With the excellent people within Inzpire, the sky truly is the limit.”
Inzpire’s GECO System
Inzpire’s GECO System is designed to enhance the safety of missions through its suite of safety and aircrew assistance applications. The system increases mission effectiveness through the provision of situational awareness and decision assistance applications, whilst offering outstanding value for money through the use of commercial off the shelf hardware solutions where appropriate. There are over 400 GECO Systems in service with the Royal Navy, Army Air Corps and the Royal Air Force along with overseas customers including the Royal Jordanian Air Force and the Indonesian Air Force.
Because of its complex mapping system, GECO can also be used to monitor and assess terrain, allowing aircrew to plot points of interest on the tablet whilst flying. It is this capability which makes the system so versatile allowing it to be used by the military during humanitarian efforts. In late 2017, GECO was used by the UK Joint Helicopter Command’s Puma Force assisting in the relief efforts in the Caribbean, following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Inzpire’s Mission Systems Division
Inzpire’s Mission Systems Division produces some of the most innovative and highly-regarded mission systems available for the air environment. The products are in frontline operational use with UK and international armed forces, delivering situational awareness, safety of flight and mission enhancing capabilities across helicopter, fixed wing and multi-engine platforms.
Images: Stuart Wilde Photography
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