2Excel Aviation recruits Aimee Neale as SAR specialist


UK-based 2Excel Aviation has recruited Aimee Neale to work as project manager for special missions search and rescue (SAR), based at Lydd Airport, Kent in southern England.

Neale will lead a team of project officers to work on delivery of fixed wing aerospace services for the MCA second generation search and rescue (SAR2G) aviation contract on behalf of His Majesty’s Coastguard, as part of the partnership between 2Excel Aviation, Bristow Helicopters and Nova Systems.

Backed by extensive maritime experience, including crewing a superyacht in the Caribbean, Neale has worked for more than 25 years  in UK search and rescue.

She was the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) very first female lifeboat trainer, and then spent 18 years with HM Coastguard, including 10 years as  watch officer, rising to the role of tactical commander at the UK’s national maritime command and control centre in Southampton. There Neale took charge of the UK national SAR and was appointed station commander at Dover.

Aimee said: “I am looking forward to driving the SAR2G project for 2Excel Aviation and seeing the UK’s search and rescue region benefit from the innovation and advances in technology to save more lives, even more quickly.”