Rock-and-roll musician Bruce Dickinson (lead singer of Iron Maiden), who is also an airline pilot, was at the Paris Air Show this week, fired up with the news that he has won a £5 million investment in Cardiff Aviation, his Wales, UK-based aviation services company. Dickinson said that this would help the firm have a “much wider impact across the entire South Wales aerospace industry.”
Finance Wales, the Welsh Government subsidiary, has invested £1.6 million, with the rest of the cash coming from private or privately-owned investors including Dickinson and business partner Mario Fulgoni. The day before the airshow the Iron Maiden frontman met with three of his other aviation colleagues to raise awareness for the aviation charity for which he is vice patron: Flying Scholarships for Disabled People. The charity gives grants to disabled people to help pay for flying lessons, which helps rebuild their confidence.