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6th August 2016

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Bruce Dickinson was back at his day job as Head Of Cardiff Aviation around nine hours after departing Wacken's Main Stage on Thursday night after a triumphant final night of Iron Maiden's 72-date Book Of Souls World Tour and he walked right into a blazing row with the Government, along with negative comments in the mainstream media.

Bruce set up Cardiff Aviation in 2012 at RAF St Athan, Vale Of Glamorgan after verbal assurances from the Welsh Government that the company could use a landing system but the Government have not kept to their word over this as Bruce still does not have access to the instrument landing strip (ILS).

An ILS allows pilots to land without visual contact with the runway and Bruce said that "no-one is allowed to use it for reasons which to me appear frankly just Byzantine and people in The Awkward Squad, for reasons that I frankly don't want to understand - just get it fixed!" Bruce is meeting with Ministry Of Defence officials on Tuesday.

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A Welsh Government spokesman told the BBC that it had worked closely with Cardiff Aviation and Bruce "for a number of years" and added that officials will meet him next week to "discuss how we can continue to best support his business".

"The introduction of an ILS procedure is a matter for the Ministry Of Defence and we continue to lobby them on behalf of Cardiff Aviation and the wider enterprise zone to ensure a favourable outcome for what is one of Wales' flagship industries," he added.

The BBC say they have asked the MOD to comment.

During the winter Cardiff Aviation will have two 737s based at Cardiff Airport available for charters and Bruce, born in 58, 58 on Sunday, said: "We have a 737 flying out from St Athan to start passenger services next week." Bruce will be flying that aircraft himself.

"We are providing more Welsh jobs to do with the airline right now than we are with the maintenance in St Athan and that is a crazy situation."

On a visit to Cardiff earlier this year Bruce described the Welsh Government's aviation enterprise zone as "a joke".

Here's Bruce back at work on Friday morning, shortly after The Book Of Souls World Tour ended. We've got the full lowdown of Thursday night, along with some superb pictures, top quality videos and a highly interesting interview with Iron Maiden's Recording Engineer Tony Newton right here.

Iron Maiden February to August 2016

11th February: Outside Iron Maiden: A Book By Erwin Lucas
20th February: Ed Force One Lands In Fort Lauderdale As The Book Of Souls World Tour Gets Underway
12th March: Ed Force One Seriously Damaged At Santiago Airport
17th March: HSBC Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Gig Review
22nd March: Massive Ed Force One Repairs Completed In Just Ten Days
17th May: Airforce, Featuring Former Iron Maiden Drummer, To Release New Album In July
20th May: Nicko McBrain Recalls Getting Fired, How He Got His Broken Nose And Staying Sober
31st May: Iron Maiden: Waldbühne Amphitheatre, Berlin Gig Review
3rd June: Iron Maiden Release Official Performance Video For 'Death Or Glory'
9th June: Ed Force One Set For A UK Landing This Weekend
11th June: Iron Maiden Land At East Midlands Airport For Sunday's Download Headline Appearance
12th June: Nicko McBrain: "Bruce Dickinson Is My Hero"
12th June: Download Festival, Castle Donington Gig Review
16th June: Iron Maiden Part Company With Ed Force One: Watch Bruce Say "Goodbye" On Video Here
3rd July: Iron Maiden Ilustrator Designs Shirt For One Direction's Zayn Malik, Maiden Launch Third Trooper Beer And Hi-On Maiden To Headline Puccstock
6th July: Legacy Of The Beast Mobile RPG Game Is Out Now
8th July: Iron Maiden Want West Ham Manager Slaven Bilić To Join Them On Stage In Split
21st July: Steve Harris Drops The Price Of His Essex Mansion By £1million
29th July: Watch Iron Maiden Headline Wacken On Thursday Via Worldwide Stream
1st August: Watch New Ed Force One Special Video Right Here
4th August: Some Goodies To Wile Away The Hours Until Tonight's Global Wacken Stream
5th August: Iron Maiden Close The Book With Spectacular Wacken Performance



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