Aero and Engineering Services

Aero and Engineering Services Ltd.


In 1981 David Wilson, who ran Aero & Engineering Services (AES) in Washington, Tyne & Wear, acquired the sole European rights to the American Striplin Lone Ranger and Sky Ranger machines. He made a number of modifications to these before putting his own versions into production.

David decided to design a productionised version and sought proper finance to get the machines into quantity production. Concentrating on the two-seater, he produced a prototype outwardly very similar to the AES Sky Ranger but simpler and quicker to build and with provision for the Lotus four-cylinder four-stroke engine Magnum. He called it the Rover and set up Rover Aviation to build it, closing AES after some 12 aircraft had been built. But the new company never got off the ground due to a series of financial problems, and David went to work instead for Aviation Composites

Company References
  1. Ultralight and Microlight Aircraft of the World, Alain-Yves Berger & Norman Burr (Haynes, 2nd Ed., 1986)

Project Data top

Project No
Type No
Alternative Name(s)
Spec (Requirement)
     Lone Ranger    1981    Proto  1  1S, 1E microlight  1
     Sky Ranger    1983    Proto  1  1S, 1E microlight  2

Production Data

Lone Ranger: One UK registered aircraft:
G-MBDL (c/n 109). To Aero and Engineering Services Ltd., Washington, Tyne & Wear.
Sky Ranger: Three UK registered aircraft:
G-MJHB (c/n SR100). To Johan Hendrik Wijsmuller, Jersey, Channel Islands.
G-MJTG (c/n SR101). To Aero and Engineering Services Ltd., Washington, Tyne & Wear.
G-MMFZ (c/n HAW-01). To Howard Arthur Ward, Winchester

   Total AES Production     4    

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