R A S Completions

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by R A S Completions's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from R A S Completions is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles


Highlighting best practice
Russell Pitt and Chris Ransley,
managing directors
RAS completed paintwork
for a Gulfstream G550
London Biggin Hill airport is best known for the role it
played during the Battle of Britain, where the airport served
as one of the principal fighter bases of the RAF, home
to the Spitfires and Hurricanes that protected London and
the southeast from attack. Today the airport is home to RAS
Completions Limited, who since 1996 under the joint leadership
of managing directors Russell Pitt and Chris Ransley have
established a reputation as one of the world’s leading aircraft
painting and completions companies.
Operating just feet from a Second World War dispersal hut, a range of commercial
and military aircraft leave our hangars expertly repainted and refinished by the RAS
team, including planes long-acquainted with Biggin Hill Airport and the history of
Britain, such as the iconic Spitfire.
RAS is able to serve many different markets, sectors and industries with a range
of products, enabling us to survive and flourish under many different market
conditions and changes. We are an established refinishing company with over 20
years’ experience, during which we have carried out aircraft repainting, aircraft
interior repair and refurbishment, interior design, interior refit, protective exterior
coatings, and custom livery. Any combination of these tasks can be carried out
on aircraft, including historical military aircraft, business jets, corporate jets,
helicopters, current military aircraft and light aircraft. It is essential that each of
these tasks be carried out with precision, accuracy and quality in mind. Aircraft
operate in incredibly hostile environments, and both the exterior and interior of an
aircraft need to be fit for purpose.
»Joint managing directors:
Russell Pitt and ChrisRansley
»Established in 1996
»Based at London’s Biggin Hill
airport, just off the M25
»Services: Manufacture and
installation of interior and
exterior aircraft refurbishments
»No. of employees: 50
RAS Completions
The RAS approach
Regardless of whether it’s an interior
or exterior project, all services require
and deserve a specialised approach
to both project management and
customer service. Whether it is an
entire interior refurbishment and luxury
refit for a private jet, a full repainting
in custom livery for a business jet, or
the repainting of a military aircraft,
all our services start with the same
Design teams work closely with our
customers to understand the exact
requirements of the individual aircraft
and the changes proposed. Once
the purpose and design aims are
completely understood, our engineers
can take the functionality requirements
from mere ideas, through to concepts
and finally into the delivery stage.
The results of this approach are
stunning aircraft interiors and exteriors
which outperform the competition,
while also exceeding customer
RAS innovation
Each aircraft leaves the hangar ready
for whatever the owners require of it,
and this is ensured by our innovative
approach to our work. Innovation
is at the forefront of everything we
do at RAS, and these creative efforts
are focused upon the quality of
products we offer. We ensure that
the products fitted and supplied are
of an unmatched quality, and if a
supplier’s product does not meet our
exacting standards and testing, we
will make the required component
ourselves – resulting in a huge
increase in capability. Our in-house
skills on offer include fabrication, soft
furnishings, composite manufacturing
and a full range of paint finishes,
premium-quality wood veneers and
lacquers. This all combines to allow
the provision of goods and services of
an unrivalled quality.
RAS staffing
Operating in an incredibly small
industry, it is often difficult to find the
right people. That is why we take a
committed approach to recruitment.
Significant importance is placed
on not only finding and attracting
experienced industry experts, but
also on discovering fresh talent for
our apprenticeship programmes. It is
rewarding in equal measure to both
motivate the industry’s top engineers
into working on exciting projects
and see apprentices flourish within
RAS exterior case study
We offer a complete range of aircraft
exterior solutions for commercial,
business and private aircraft owners,
and aircraft operators trust us with
paint stripping, sanding, priming
and high-quality paint finishes, as
well as refurbishing any interior
“monuments”. Corporate jet interior
reworked and
refurbished by RAS team
All services
require and
deserve a
approach to
both project
and customer
Highlighting best practice
The painting and refurbishment
teams have extensive experience and
can adapt to any situation presented
during a project. These paint teams
also work closely with in-house
design teams and create a wide
range of livery including company
logos, images, stripes and specialised
RAS Completions case study
The majority of interior completions
work at RAS centres on business
and private aircraft, which demand
an interior that is not only luxurious
but fit for purpose. RAS typically
provides the design, manufacture,
refurbishment and certification
of aircraft interiors, as seen in
the illustrated example of a fully
certified interior that was designed,
manufactured and fitted for a
Bombardier Challenger.
RAS military aircraft case study
In recent years RAS has had the
privilege of working on some of the
world’s most iconic military aircraft,
including the TR9 Spitfire, almost
synonymous with the Battle of Britain,
as well as lesser-known aircraft such
as the North American T-28 Trojan.
These projects have been carried out
for both private, governmental and
charity customers, and give us an
outstanding opportunity to showcase
our repainting capabilities.
The future
Currently comprised of 50 staff, we are
looking at opening 20 new positions
over the course of this year as we enter
into a new contract with an original
equipment manufacturer. Within
an industry so small and providing
a service that will be in demand as
long as there are aircraft in the air,
RAS Completions Limited is confident
for the future, and we will continue
to maintain our excellent standard
of service in making aircraft fit for
purpose and celebrating Britain’s
illustrious aeronautical past.
RAS has had
the privilege
of working on
some of the
world’s most
iconic military
aircraft, such
as the TR9
» 1943 SPITFIRE T9 –
Built at Castle Bromwich during the
autumn of 1943, this aircraft was
first flown on November 27, 1943.
The aircraft entered service with 441
Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force and
served with the RAF from Advanced
Landing Ground B70, located in
Belgium. Piloted by Pilot Officer
Bregman, it shot down a Messerschmitt
Bf 109 over Arnhem before going
on to distinguish itself with sterling
service and numerous further sorties
throughout the remainder of the war.
Fast-forward to 1993: this aircraft
enjoyed its first post-restoration flight.
In tribute to its history, it was finished
in number 441 Squadron colours and
coded 9G-Q, complete with invasion
stripes, by our RAS paint teams.
RAS Spitfire T9 – MJ627


This article was sponsored by R A S Completions. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy