By Howard Wheeldon
Aviation is a word that covers a multitude of different activities but of the majority it is a word that describes the ability to travel by air, airlines, airports, fast movement of cargo and both commercial and business aircraft. Aerospace on the other hand is the word used to describe the wider area dedicated to design, development, production, operation and use of heavier-than-air aircraft and that includes not only commercial, military and business aircraft, rotary but also space. Aerospace may best be used to describe the science of aviation.
The words aviation and aerospace are of course intertwined – you cannot have one without the other. But while Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on many elements of both, the military, space and satellites segments of aerospace have continued to do well as has air cargo movement within the wider aviation sector.
UK aerospace employs over 100,000 people directly across around 2,500 individual companies ...