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Aviation is a key pillar in both the United Kingdom’s economic and societal prosperity. It supports growth in our tourism industry, increases trade and business investment, and connects people and places both domestically and internationally.


Today, the UK has the largest aviation network in Europe and the third largest in the world, contributing over £22 billion to the UK economy and underpinning more than 350,000 jobs. In line with increasing demand, the sector is growing rapidly and future aviation systems will need to be more efficient, cleaner and smarter.

To achieve these goals and reach industry targets of net-zero we must utilise improvements in whole fleet efficiency, sustainable aviation fuels, air traffic management and novel technologies. These new and sustainable business models will transform the way we live our lives, enabling travel for all and securing a thriving UK aerospace industry.

KTN’s Aviation team connects you with the partners required to accelerate your innovation from idea to solution. Our deep expertise and established networks then help you to position this innovation within the competitive aerospace market, providing guidance and support on appropriate grant competitions and networking opportunities.

We support you in overcoming business challenges with solutions that stretch and inspire beyond areas of expertise you may not have yet considered. As one team working across sectors we provide invaluable industry insight and coverage, embracing new ideas to uncover the best opportunities for you and your ideas.

Our Aviation Expert

Hannah Abson

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Funding Opportunities

UK-Singapore Collaborative R&D

UK registered businesses can apply for up to £350k per project for the purpose of developing proposals with Singapore. Applications in advanced manufacturing and materials, agrifood tech, mobility and transport, cybersecurity and health and life sciences particularly welcome.

Opens: 24/01/2022 Closes: 20/04/2022

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Driving the Electric Revolution: Building Talent for the Future 2

Innovate UK’s Driving the Electric Revolution challenge, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £4.5 million in projects to create and deliver course content and materials that will support skills, talent and training across Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) manufacturing and supply chains.

Opens: 10/01/2022 Closes: 02/02/2022

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Future Flight Café: Transforming flight planning for the future aviation systems of systems

Join us to hear about project Fly2Plan. The team is keen to engage with airports, airlines, tech vendors, AAM manufacturers, UTM platform providers, flight planning software providers.

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British Airways will fly on the first UK produced sustainable aviation fuel

British Airways and Phillips 66 Limited have signed a multi-year sustainable aviation fuel supply agreement to power the equivalent of 700 net zero CO2 emission flights between London and New York on its fuel-efficient Boeing 787 aircraft, offering a saving of almost 100,000 tonnes lifecycle CO2 emissions.

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Creating an accessible and inclusive future flight

Businesses lose approximately £2 billion per month by ignoring the needs of disabled people.

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