ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP

GENERAL AVIATION

The official website for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation

ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP

GENERAL AVIATION

The official website for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation

ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP

GENERAL AVIATION

The official website for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation

ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP

GENERAL AVIATION

The official website for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation

ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP

GENERAL AVIATION

The official website for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation

ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP

GENERAL AVIATION

The official website for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation

ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP

GENERAL AVIATION

The official website for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation

ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP

GENERAL AVIATION

The official website for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation

ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP

GENERAL AVIATION

The official website for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation

All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation Mission

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation promotes the objective – as set out by British Government – of making the United Kingdom the best country in the world for General Aviation, and to stimulate interest in the sector. Our goal is to ensure that General Aviation inspires both current and future generations to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics, thereby creating high-tech jobs and growth in all nations and regions of our economy. In order to achieve this objective, the All-Party Parliamentary Group believes that a network of General Aviation airfields must be protected and enhanced by the government.

Welcome to our 134th parliamentary member of the #GeneralAviation all-party group - @DJWarburton! It's great that awareness of and support for this vital jobs-producing sector is growing in @UKParliament. Find out who else supports us here: https://t.co/OWaDevHJvu

Fantastic to see @NCLairport passengers at 10-year high! Regional airports so important for boosting jobs and growth in local economies, and many of the 4,500 on-site jobs at the airport are high-tech STEM roles which wouldn't be possible without #GeneralAviation

Welcome news from @GAManufacturers that aircraft and rotorcraft shipments are UP in 2017 year-on-year. Also piston aeroplane shipments grew by 6.5%. Good news for #GeneralAviation in the UK through which many of these are assembled. https://t.co/Si8I0bBU9Q

Great news today that @Airbus will continue to stay in the UK post-Brexit. The company employs 15,000 people in the UK, in high-tech jobs building aircraft. All of which wouldn't be possible without #GeneralAviation engineers and mechanics. https://t.co/ZM66qVNEws

Telegraph report re inspiring the STEM generation - gliding is a great example of the practical application of STEM @TheAirLeague @Boeing @GA_APPG @AirPilotsCo @aircadets

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Support from industry

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on General Aviation believes that, over a period of decades, successive governments have failed to fully appreciate the critical role that General Aviation plays in promoting UK plc.

Commercial, industrial and military aviation has a strong interest in keeping a thriving General Aviation sector alive. Many organisations have already approached this APPG to offer their support. Put simply, the importance of General Aviation to boosting scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) skills in the wider economy cannot be overestimated.

Yet no aviation sector can exist without a network of airfields, and virtually every airfield was a product of wartime Britain. When they are closed and built on, they are never replaced. Therefore, without a shift in government policy the UK will, by default, exit both General Aviation and overall aviation as a critical sector of our economy within a generation. We are delighted that industry more broadly is supporting the aims of this important APPG on General Aviation and we are proud to display their support here.

BAE Systems

“Most (if not all) aircrew individuals who help conceive, design, build, test and ultimately operate UK’s airborne defence capability point to their genesis from within the GA community. Drawing on the thick seam of talent that continues to flourish within GA circles, ensures that the UK armed forces and UK industry can attract and benefit from those individuals who can already demonstrate the airborne resourcefulness, aptitude and endeavour required. This not only reduces risk but importantly, financial strain. It is therefore imperative for UK GA to be recognised as a key enabler to our future sovereign wealth and prosperity; bringing together the positive elements of air-mindedness with the demanding high standards of technical knowledge and learning. Put simply, GA continues to inspire a nation!”

British Airways

“Small airfields are vital to encouraging people to learn to fly and to providing support for training new pilots for commercial aviation. The UK has always been a leader in world aviation and we should make sure we still have the capability to keep producing great pilots.”

London Luton Airport

“General Aviation has a proud history at London Luton Airport (LLA) and today we are the biggest hub for business aircraft in the UK. Without the pilot training, engineering and avionics jobs that smaller airfields help create, LLA would not be the success story it is today. But it is also General Aviation that offers passengers the flexibility they need to fit their travel around rigid business schedules and we believe that this is essential both for the health of a busy airport like Luton and for a prosperous UK economy.”

Rolls-Royce

“At Rolls-Royce we want the next generation to be inspired by the magic of aviation and hope that this will encourage them to become the pilots, ground crew and engineers of the future. General Aviation is part of the lifeblood of the aviation industry, helping to create the passion which keeps our industry alive and growing. We feel that General Aviation should be encouraged as it contributes to the sustainment and growth of the aviation industry, in which we are a key player.”

Airbus

“At Airbus, we recognise that a thriving General Aviation sector contributes to the overall growth and success of UK aerospace. Local aerodromes and pilot training schools play an important role in developing the next generation of pilots, employing engineers and inspiring people to consider a career in aviation. With the global aerospace market forecast to grow exponentially over the next 20 years having an available talent pool coming from the General Aviation market will be an important contributor to closing the future skills gap.”

Katherine Bennett OBE, Senior Vice President

Virgin Atlantic

“General Aviation plays an important role in maintaining a supply chain of pilots to commercial aviation. The UK is fortunate to have some of the best pilots in the world and it is vital that this route of learning to fly is not shut off for future generations by the closure of small airfields.”

AirlinesUK

“General aviation has been and remains a great UK success story – with the sector making an enormous contribution to economic activity and the creation of thousands of high-value jobs. As we continue to see growth in UK aviation – with increases in routes and connectivity – we will need pilots and indeed airfields on which to train them more than ever. From an airline perspective General Aviation plays a vital role in allowing us to train and supply these skilled men and women in the UK –we should be doing everything in our power to nurture our airfield network as a robust foundation for pilots and engineers of the future.”

Carol Vorderman M.A. (Cantab), MBE

“General Aviation is the inspiration for young people to reach for the skies. Fact. As we celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force, we must continue to engage young people through schemes such as the Air Cadets and the millions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics jobs our economy needs for the future. It is high time to back a sector that produces many high-tech skills. The biggest threat to all of this is the closure of airfields. We can’t fly without them. If we lose them, as is increasingly threatened, we will let down the next generation and unquestionably stop the continuation of our immense aviation heritage.”

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation is sponsored by:

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“Up and down the country, everyday businesses and enthusiasts engage in general aviation – airports, training schools, maintenance and engineering workshops to local air cadets experiencing aviation for the first time and retired commercial airline pilots simply enjoying the thrill of flying. As an industry, we all rely on and support each other. Hayward Aviation is pleased to support this APPG on general aviation, supporting our clients.”

Hayward Aviation is a specialist general aviation insurance broker, providing expert insurance advice to clients in almost every sector of general aviation. Formed in 1992 to specifically meet the needs of the general aviation, private jet and helicopter sector, they employ over 60 staff solely focussed on this niche insurance sector. They count over 30% of all UK G-reg light aircraft as our clients, along with 80%+ of the on-shore UK helicopter fleet, Business Jet operations, Air Ambulances, regional and general airports and many associated service companies.

Hayward Aviation actively support the aviation industry through our membership of EBAA, NBAA, BGAD, British Helicopter Association, AOPA (UK), The General Aviation Safety Council and many other organisations.

For more information or assistance contact info@haywards.net or visit their website www.haywards.net

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Heathrow plays a crucial role connecting London and the UK to the world. Our vision is to give passengers the best airport service in the world – we will achieve this by making every journey better. Achieving Heathrow’s vision relies on managing the airport responsibly. A responsible approach is key to how we do business and underpins everything we do.

Responsible Heathrow 2020 is our commitment to maximise the positive economic and social impacts of our business, whilst carefully managing our environmental responsibilities. It underpins and informs all four priorities for the business.

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London Luton Airport (LLA) is one of the UK’s largest airports and carried 15.8 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 8.6% on 2016. The airport indirectly employs over 9,400 staff and is a key economic driver for the region. It is the UK’s busiest airport for General Aviation, the third busiest in Europe and 7th busiest in the world.

easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Tui, EL AL, Blue Air, TAROM, SunExpress, Iberia (Air Nostrum) and Vueling currently operate from the airport. The airport’s route network serves more than 140 destinations including services to Europe, Africa, and Asia.

The airport is operated and developed by a consortium of which the majority shareholder is AENA, the world’s largest airport operator, and Ardian, a major European investor. LLA is currently investing over £150million to transform the airport and increase capacity to 18 million passengers per year by 2020.