Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

In November 2012, Cornwall Airport Newquay partnered with West Wales Airport to form the National Aeronautical Centre (NAC).

A unique environment for the development, testing and deomonstration of systems and technologies associated with the aeronautical industry and the gateway to global Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operations. 

West Wales Airport and Cornwall Airport Newquay work in partnership to provide the only infrastructure and restricted airspace available to operate UAS flights beyond the visual line of sight in the EU. 

The NAC aims to give the UK a major opportunity to establish a commercial advantage in the development and manufacture of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and their associated technologies.  The civilian UAS industry is forecast to be worth £20 billion by 2020, and the NAC is the main vehicle to capture some of this market for the UK.

Complimenting West Wales' UAS facilities, Cornwall Aiport Newquay offers the Unmanned Aerial Systems Sector a further unique opportunity to develop and grow. 

Why the NAC and Aerohub for UAS activity?

  • Uncongested airspace
  • Low residential build-up
  • Access to restricted airspace
  • Joint-operations ability with West Wales Airport
  • One of the longest runways in the UK
  • Space for operational freedom.

Aerohub will be continuing to work with the NAC to improve Cornwall Airport Newquay capability as a site for UAS testing and operations.

If you want to find out more about our UAS capabilities, then contact the team at Aerohub here

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