UK: Newquay Cornwall Airport and West Wales Airport in England have come together to form the National Aeronautical Centre (NAC). The NAC will operate the world’s first private facility at the Newquay Cornwall Airport to allow companies to develop unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of all sizes.
Newquay Cornwall Airport has one of the longest runways in the UK, at 3,000 metres which is capable of hosting large unmanned aircrafts. The centre will be open to both the civilian and military companies. It will provide necessary services and accommodation for production of all sizes of unmanned aerial systems over the next 20 years. “The global aerospace market is forecast to be worth four trillion dollars by 2030, yet the UK is currently forecast to see just 10% of this investment. The UK aerospace industry has a major opportunity in the UAS (unmanned aerial systems) market but first it must develop, demonstrate and prove that systems and sub-systems can contribute to ensuring safe and reliable operations, whilst being properly regulated,” said Al Titterington, managing director of Newquay Cornwall Airport.