Meet The Team
John Wighton FRAeS
John's career began at British Aerospace (Hatfield) where he completed an Undergraduate Apprenticeship. He joined the Stress Office working on TA9/10 (A330/A340) Airbus wings, HS125, BAe 146 at which time he realised a passion for engineering analysis. He worked at HW Structures as an analyst and thereafter, in 1988 created his first business to bring computational methods (FEM/FEA) to companies who could not afford (or understand) how to use them. He set up a JV with GE Plastics [design division] which led to rapid growth in the deployment of engineering thermoplastics across a wide industry base. Divesting ownership of that company in the mid-'90s allowed him to re-focus on specific capabilities in aerospace and automotive product development. The company achieved UK CAA Design Organisation Approval in the early 2000s. 9/11 led to a reduction in privately funded aircraft programs which had become the mainstay of the consulting business. John then changed strategy, reverting to blue-chip clients (GKN, Ford, Fokker, Daimler Chrysler, Cobham, GSK, Lockheed, etc) to build the business. Acroflight's current client portfolio consists of SME, start-ups (eVTOL) and research projects, such as involvement in the Rolls Royce ACCEL electric aircraft program.