What began a modest family business has evolved into the leading aviation safety equipment company in the Nordic region with in-house design, development, manufacturing and maintenance for civil and military customers.
Here are some of our accomplishments.
1977 Airsafe is founded by Olle Norrvi, a Parachute Engineer, specialising in technical sewing and aviation safety equipment retail. The entire Norrvi family is involved in the business and during the first few years, the company is operating out of the basement of the family home in Upplands Väsby north of Stockholm.
1982 Business is expanding and we move into more appropriate facilities in a nearby industrial zone.
1983 A large order is placed for several hundred thousand parachutes for battlefield illumination flares by Hanssons Pyrotekniska, a company since merged into Nammo Group.
1986 Let down by their previous supplier, Swedish arms manufacturer Bofors turn to Airsafe to develop new drogue parachutes for grenades. Airsafe promptly redesign, validate and begin production of Bofors’ new parachutes.
1991 Airsafe Sweden AB is formed by the merger of Airsafe AB, FOLA Maintenance and parts of Ekman Safety. Together, we offer design, development, manufacturing and maintenance of air safety equipment and at the same time, Airsafe Sweden is appointed General Agent by RFD Beaufort and Helmets Integrated Systems.
1992 The first validation flights with the new ground penetrating Carabas radar system are carried out. The antenna mast bags attached to the empennage of the Sabreliner aircraft used are designed by us.
1994 Airsafe Sweden design, construct and service the spin recovery chute used during high-alpha testing of the Saab JAS 39 Gripen aircraft. The very aircraft used is now displayed at the Swedish Air Force Museum.
1996 We design and construct a new modular aerial delivery system for the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to be used by the Parachute Ranger School. This marks the beginning of a fruitful cooperation with FMV and the Swedish Armed Forces that has increased over the years and now makes up for the majority of our business. In the late 1990’s, we expand further into the Nordic countries with the delivery of brake chutes for the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s fleet of F-16 fighters. Airsafe Sweden also becomes a member of the survival and flight equipment association SAFE Europe.
1999 Airsafe receive, in partnership with Irvin Aerospace, a major order from FMV, to supply the Swedish Armed Forces with the new British troop parachute named LLP (Low Level Parachute). Swedish Armed Forces call it Fallskärm 78.
2001 The last decade was very successful in retrospect with our turnover increasing from 8 to 45 MSEK.
2003 A growing customer base and expanded operations result in a move to larger and more modern facilities in Upplands Väsby.
2007 The Airsafe Oil Sampling Buoy, designed in cooperation with the Swedish Coast Guard, is awarded Product of the Year by the Swedish Textile and Clothing Industries Association. Used for marking out and sampling environmental pollution, the flotation system is also suitable for locating persons in distress for SAR operations.
2008 Airsafe Sweden is profiled in a Swedish national television news report on the labour market.
2012 Founder Olle Norrvi steps down as Managing Director in favour of his son Dawid and continues working for Airsafe Sweden as Chairman of the Board and Project Manager.