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TEAM TELEDRONE as constituted for the purposes of the GoFly challenge features Colin Hilton and Peter Day at its core, beside the use of drone manufacturers and pilots as well as IP attorneys on an as-and-when basis.

Colin has held down (just) a variety of jobs, whether washing dishes in NHS hospitals or driving mini-cabs around London. He learned to fly in the RAF reserve while at the University of Sheffield, where he was marked down for suggesting East and West Germany might one day be reunited.

During various roles inside the nascent computing market in the capitol, he devised a secure signature system featuring in the DEFTEC awards and presented to Margaret Thatcher's Minister of Technology and the National Physical Laboratory.

"It came to nothing" he says, "but I got to meet both Donald Davies and Norman Kitz", otherwise known as the inventors of packet-switching and the desk-top calculator.

Subsequently he turned to flight instruction, later qualifying as a synthetic- and line-trainer on Boeing and Airbus types during the course of over 15,000 flight hours. "The show is over," he adds "but at least I was rated as above-average at either end."

Nonetheless he only really ever wanted to fly helicopters and building one in the garage that may go on to be used around the world is what gets him out of bed.

Peter Day meanwhile, a colleague of some forty years, is also a pilot trained in the reserve whilst studying for law at Keele University. Subsequently he built a software company which pioneered the use of PCs in freight-forwarding, a battle with regulators that suits him ideally to urban air mobility (UAM).

When not assisting with the project, Peter is introducing the Velocity kit-construction aircraft to the domestic market as well as complimentary hangar-home developments.

No strangers to the UK Civil Aviation Authority, the pair are ideally placed to pioneer truly 'personal' aircraft of a type set to transform the means of moving from A to B.

"It's flying," says Colin "but not as we know it."