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6 August 2012

Cardiff and Vale College hosts top flight business breakfast to discuss the future of the aviation industry in Wales

Cardiff and Vale College’s International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT) recently played host to a high profile breakfast debate on issues surrounding the Welsh aviation industry.

Organised by Wales Business Insider Magazine and hosted at ICAT, which is based at Cardiff Airport, the breakfast event brought together leading figures from the aerospace sector in Wales. Some 140 people
from across the aviation industry attended the event.

A panel consisting of Cardiff Aviation Executive Chairman Mario Fulgoni, Aerospace Wales Chief Executive John Whalley, Steve Hodgetts the Commercial Director of Cardiff Airport and TES Aviation Senior Vice President Chris Pelley held a question and answer session to debate topical issues. The panel was chaired by Christian Annesley, Managing Director of Annesley Media which publishes Wales Business Insider.

Topics under discussion included the likely demand for apprentices and higher apprentices in the new St Athan Aviation Enterprise Zone and the accessibility of the Welsh aerospace industry to existing regional suppliers. There was also a lively debate surrounding the future of Cardiff Airport.

“Attention is focusing on the new Aviation Enterprise Zone and the ongoing political debate about the future of Cardiff Airport,” ICAT Business Manager Brian Sinkins said. “Added to that, Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson has announced he will open an aircraft maintenance business at St Athan – all of this means that the Welsh aerospace industry is well and truly on the radar. The debate was an excellent opportunity for the College to play host to leading figures from the aviation sector and enable them to discuss the major issues facing this important Welsh industry.”