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Ian Kelly – Co-Founder/MD

I fell into the world of aircraft structures and stress analysis through a rabbit hole. In 1984 I was hired into the engineering department of Short & Harland on Queens Island in Belfast when the SD330 and Belfast Heavylift transporter were still on the boards, and yes they were still using drawing boards! After a whistle-stop tour of some of the industrious aircraft design offices around Europe of the time, including Westland Helicopters, a fledgling Airbus and Snecma, Peter and I founded Base in 2000. The rest is history and some of the highlights can be found in the pages of this site. What about the low-lights I hear you say……well “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger“…… maybe in a strange twist of irony that could be my epitaph!