Jump in the cockpit and start up the engines, because Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson’s company Cardiff Aviation has recently secured a £5 million investment, which translates to around $7.68 million for Americans and will allow the business to expand its operations. The singer is a licensed pilot, and has been heavily involved in the aircraft industry in the past. Cardiff Aviation is primarily an aircraft maintenance and flight training business, but according to business co-owner Mario Fulgoni, the recent influx of cash will allow them to expand operations to include the manufacturing of aircraft parts:
“Cardiff Aviation will be permitted to manufacture and certify aircraft parts alongside our maintenance and training operations, thereby providing us with a full opportunity to exploit the range of technical equipment and expertise we acquired in taking over Twin Peaks from the RAF, and in establishing Cardiff Aviation.”
£1.6 of the investment came from Welsh Government subsidiary Finance Wales, with the rest coming from private investors such as Dickinson and Fulgoni. The investment not only helps the business, but helps the Welsh economy as well, says Dickinson:
” The Welsh Government has played a fantastic role in a difficult economic environment in providing tremendous support and enthusiasm. Finance Wales’ long-term backing is the fuel not just to put St Athan on the map, but has the potential to create a consequentially much wider impact across the entire South Wales aerospace industry.”
So if you find yourself on a flight in the U.K. area, it will be possible that your aircraft will have parts manufactured by the lead singer of Iron Maiden. How cool is that? In the words of Iron Maiden: “Live to fly, fly to live, aces high”.