A particularly notable 2015 development saw business minister Anna Soubry open a 10m aerospace investment fund to find interesting and novel ideas from SMEs to keep Britain at the forefront of the global aerospace market .Elsewhere, London-based drone firm Sky-Futures secured the largest drone investment on the company back in May, when it bagged a 2.5m investment from MMC Ventures. “We have experienced a fantastic level of growth in the past year, expanding our global reach and further establishing ourselves as the world leaders in oil and gas drone inspection said James Harrison, co-founder and CEO of Sky-Futures. Building on the movements, a drone training school called UAV Air has been opened by four senior airline pilots and drone operators Cloud12 and UAViate. With experience of flying both Hollywood movie drones and commercial airliners, the crack team has designed a series of courses based on manned aviation principles all of which have been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). A full schedule of courses has been put together, the first of which will be held in Berkshire, Staffordshire and East Yorkshire throughout September and October. The material is set to provide students with technical, theoretical and practical knowledge to fly drones commercially in Britain. Will Coldwell, director of UAV Air and an A320 pilot, said: The commercial drone industry is very new and growing at a phenomenal rate so there is a real need to provide formal training, by experienced instructors to accepted aviation guidelines. We have set out to do just this with UAV Air and have already seen phenomenal interest in our courses.
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