Leading one of metal's most iconic and legendary outfits, Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson has managed to effectively split his time between the band and his career as a commercial airline pilot for several years. Now, he hopes to turn his passion for flying into hundreds of new jobs in Wales.

After losing his pilot job last year when Astraeus Airlines went under, Dickinson has now launched a new firm called Cardiff Aviation Ltd. that will take up shop in the Twin Peaks Hangar at St. Athan, Vale of Glamorgan. Cardiff Aviation Ltd. aims to serve as a maintenance business for aircraft carriers.

The new company will focus on servicing airliners and large aircrafts for both major and independent airlines in addition to eventually providing training and certification. The new business venture is expected to create hundreds of new jobs in south Wales, making Dickinson and Cardiff Aviation Ltd. a welcomed commodity.

Dickinson spoke to the BBC about his new business, saying, “South Wales has long had an association with the aircraft industry and I am delighted that I am able to have a small part in the continuation of that tradition." Dickinson also commented on being welcomed with open arms, expressing that he’s received “a level of enthusiasm and drive that has been a delight to behold."

Dickinson and Iron Maiden are set to take over North America on their summer tour that kicks off in June.