Airspace inquiry takes off.

11 December 2018: Concerns over the design of the aviation skies above Britain were raised during the first Oral hearing session of an inquiry commissioned by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA). The inquiry, chaired led by Lord Kirkhope of...

Parliamentary Group on General Aviation urges Minister to bring ‘Church Bell’ and ‘Live Music’ protection to Britain’s Airfields.

  08/12/18 The All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA) has called upon the Housing and Planning Minister to provide airfields with the same level of retrospective protection as churches, live music venues and farms. In a meeting between members of...

APPG-GA Welcomes EASA’s Renewed Commitment to GA at 2018 Safety Conference

Representatives of the All Party Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA) travelled to Vienna to contribute to the 2018 EASA Annual Safety Conference held from the 5th to the 7th of November. The conference comprised two days of panel discussions aimed at building...

“MP’s countdown to launch of STEM jobs in aviation”

30th October 2018: On Tuesday 23rd October, 24 members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA) joined Carol Vorderman to launch the ‘Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Jobs and Skills’ Working Group. The STEM jobs and...

All Party Parliamentary Group asks Secretary of State to ‘call in’ Shoreham planning applications

23rd October 2018: The All Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA) has written a letter1 urging the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP,  to ‘call in’ the decision to approve plans for a...

Chancellor commits to working with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation and UK Aviation sector on VAT flight training.

22nd October 2018: The Chancellor of the Exchequer has written, after meeting with the APPG on General Aviation (APPG-GA), to highlight the importance of flight training in the UK. Recognising that “new pilots are essential for the growth and sustainability of the UK...

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.

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.

Carol Vorderman, MBE RAFAC, APPG Ambassador

“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.”

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“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.”



“Boeing’s mission is to ‘connect, protect, explore and inspire the world through aerospace innovation’ and General Aviation is a critical link between the communities we serve and the opportunities that aerospace presents for individuals, our society and economy.  As a growing UK business, Boeing is proud to sponsor the General Aviation APPG.”

Sir Michael Arthur, President, Boeing Europe


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“General Aviation has positioned the UK as a global leader in aviation, generating jobs, trade, and connectivity around the world. The highly skilled jobs and training that come from general aviation are making sure the UK aviation industry is equipped for future growth and continued global leadership.”

Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines Officer


Saab UK


“The UK’s diverse and dynamic aviation sector has general aviation at its very core, inspiring the aviators and innovators of the future. Saab, like the General Aviation APPG, is committed to supporting the sector both for the skills that it nurtures as well as by providing it with solutions that contribute to the continued viability of the UK’s airfields and the technological advancement of civil aviation.”

Andrew Walton, Head of Saab UK

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.”



“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.”



“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.”


“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.”

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

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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.

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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.

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The world’s largest aerospace and defence business, Boeing has been present in the UK for 80 years and is growing rapidly here. Since 2011, Boeing’s UK supply chain spend has trebled to £2.1 billion and the company’s direct UK employment has doubled.

Boeing now supports 18,700 UK jobs (2,200 direct employees and 16,500 in its Tier One suppliers). In 2017 Boeing broke ground on its first European manufacturing facility in Sheffield; gained planning permission for a new civil aircraft maintenance facility at Gatwick Airport and began the expansion of its Crawley pilot training facility which will be the largest such facility outside of the US.

Boeing businesses in the United Kingdom cover a wide range of activity covering: digital aviation, managing airlines’ maintenance activity, pilot training, aircraft interior design engineering, defence and security services and manufacturing.

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Operating London Southend and Carlisle Lake District Airports, as well an executive Jet Centre and an airline, Stobart Aviation recognises the breadth of the contribution made by general aviation to the UK civil aviation industry.

Like others in our sector, we depend for our continued growth on a combination of skilled, passionate, entrepreneurial people, and the innovative technologies, which have historically emerged from general aviation.

Addressing the paradox of congested larger London airports and the closure of smaller airfields requires the same mix of innovation, determination and imagination. It is for these reasons that we are proud to support the work of the General Aviation APPG.

CargoLogicAir is the United Kingdom’s only maindeck all-cargo airline.

Headquartered close to London Heathrow Airport and with its main operating base at London Stansted, CargoLogicAir connects British companies with prime export markets in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. It also supports international businesses importing goods to the UK to supply British companies and consumers.

CargoLogicAir’s growing fleet of modern Boeing 747 freighters includes the latest 747-8F with its increased payload of 139 tonnes for scheduled and charter operations, supporting customers in industry sectors including aerospace, pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, perishables, automotive as well as those responsible for off-size and humanitarian cargoes.

RiverOak Strategic Partners are working towards reopening Manston Airport (Kent).

With a plan to turn Manston into a vibrant hub for international airfreight – one which delivers economic prosperity and employment across Kent and protects a strategic aviation resource for the nation.

With the air freight market ripe for an alternative to the overcrowded London airports system. RiverOak believe that Manston’s accessibility, long runway and community support represent the strongest option available to Government to increase runway capacity in the south east for air freight.

In association with the following organisations

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation works closely with the sector and benefits from the knowledge, expertise of the UK’s leading aviation organisations. We are therefore delighted to enjoy significant input from all the following bodies: