27 April

Volunteers Complete Restoration of de Havilland Comet 1a

DTE provide CATIA design consultancy to enable panel reproduction

Oxford, UK, 28 April, 2016 – Desktop Engineering (DTE), a leading engineering software solutions provider and accredited business partner of Dassault Systèmes, is delighted to announce that the installation of replica pilots’ instrument panels in an Air France Comet 1A F-BGNX, complete with a full set of 50 original period instruments, has now been completed and is available for public viewing at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum.



During the restoration many companies have supported the restoration efforts by providing goods and services at no cost. Items supplied vary from hard to find hardware to original period instruments, without which it would have been impossible to restore the aircraft to its original state.
Alan Higson, a member of the volunteer team at the de Havilland museum focusing on the cockpit restoration, said:

The majority of the panels were manufactured, in aluminium, to the specific drawings for the Air France configuration, which were found at the BAE Systems document archive at Farnborough. In order to facilitate their manufacture, the panels were redrawn in CATIA by my son, James. With the generous sponsorship of his employers, Desktop Engineering, he was able to do this during working hours!


Geoff Haines, managing director at DTE, said:

We encourage both aviation enthusiasts and families to visit the de Havilland Aircraft Museum as it’s both a fun and educational day out. It is staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers who look to fully engage with visitors. The museum provides a wonderful insight into British aviation innovation and DTE is thrilled that it could offer support and assistance in a project.


Detailed information and pictures of the aircraft are on the De Havilland Museum website.



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