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Hybrid hangars

A private aviation company has overhauled its security operation.

A £50,000 upgrade has enabled Multiflight in Yorkshire to meet recent changes in Department of Transport regulations. Multiflight adds that its overhaul has achieved cost savings. The upgrade was by Keybury Fire and Security; Keybury director Patrick Beebe is pictured.

Multiflight was established almost 20 years ago and operates a five-acre site beside Leeds Bradford International Airport. It has 270 approved users of the facility, including 70 of its own staff and deals with 3,000 flights a year. Its customers include business figures from Yorkshire companies and private jet owners who use the site to house their aircraft. More than 30 aeroplanes are kept in four hangars including two air ambulances and a Boeing 737. Multiflight has accommodated high profile clients such as the Queen and Prince Philip who used the site after a visit to the region during the Diamond Jubilee.

Multiflight sought to maximise the use of existing equipment while at the same time investing in new technology, taking into account the array of buildings and services on the site including: executive passenger and aircraft handling, aircraft management, fuelling, hangarage, aircraft charter, maintenance and flight training.

Keybury developed a hybrid system, with analogue CCTV equipment installed five years ago now integrated with high definition digital cameras.

Keybury installed the Paxton Net2 access control system which covers 13 doors and 26 card readers that lead into areas classed as ‘airside’. The access pass management system delivers an audit trail of movements by those authorised and carrying access passes.

As for CCTV, 10 new 180-degree high definition panoramic cameras have been installed, improving and replacing fixed cameras. These cameras provide general overview observation as well as close ups at ‘pinch points’ – entrances and exits. Infra-red lighting is in place where necessary. All CCTV footage is in real time and provides number plate as well as facial recognition. Images can be viewed by those authorised through their PCs, smartphones and Ipads – wherever they may be. Keybury was able to use existing underground analogue CCTV cables as part of the new IP network, minimising disruption during the project and costs.

Multiflight managing director, Steve Borrowdale, says: “The very nature of our operation means we need optimum security, not only so that we are compliant with industry regulations, but because it is a vital aspect of our service to customers and our responsibility to staff. Our investment has delivered not only these aims, but significant cost savings thanks to Keybury’s innovative approach and experience.”

Keybury director Patrick Beebe, adds: “The Multiflight environment is not dissimilar to those of other sectors where a large site or building is involved with numerous access points and users. It’s a good example of how existing security measures can be enhanced with the latest technology to deliver an up-to-date, reliable and efficient security system.”


Keybury Fire and Security is based in Keighley, West Yorkshire and operates across the UK. It has over 12,000 clients spanning the retail, commercial, water and education sectors. Its installations include Canary Wharf, Lakeside Shopping Centre Thurrock, The Metro Centre Newcastle, Trafford Centre Manchester, Welsh Water and Aldourie Castle on the shores of Loch Ness. The company was founded 30 years ago and employs 42 people; visit


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