Bruce’s plane firm nets £5m

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CARDIFF Aviation, the plane maintenance and training firm set up last summer by Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, yesterday confirmed £5m in fresh investment.

The firm said the Welsh government’s investment arm Finance Wales will put in £1.6m, while private backers including Dickinson and co-founder Mario Fulgoni will provide the rest.

Dickinson, a trained pilot with more than 7,000 hours of flying time under his belt, flew commercial jets for Astraeus Airlines before the carrier went bust in 2011.