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Airspace design legislation is unfit for purpose finds APPG Inquiry

Monday 8 July 2019.  The Lord Kirkhope Inquiry into Lower Airspace has called for the Government to scrap and replace the legislation that sets the direction for UK lower airspace design. The current Airspace Design Process, the Inquiry found, is unfit for purpose at...

CAA approach to conspicuity ‘flawed’ says Parliamentary group

Friday 24th May 2019. Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA) have called the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) approach to electronic conspicuity ‘flawed’ and ‘too limited in scope to be of practical use’.The comments were revealed...

UK aviation firms ‘coping with Brexit uncertainty’

Wednesday 17th April 2019. British aviation firms were given a welcome boost at an international exhibition.A delegation from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA) attended Aero 2019 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.The group included APPG-GA...

Aviation Minister responds to concerns over new drone laws

Wednesday 16th April 2019. Aviation Minister, Baroness Sugg, has responded to concerns raised about a new drones law.A joint letter from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for General Aviation (APPG-GA) and the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) highlighted the...

Prime Minister responds to question about Eshott dispute.

Friday 29 March. At a session of Prime Minister’s Questions, Theresa May responded to a call for action over the ongoing situation at Eshott Airfield in Northumberland.Local MP and member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation, Anne Marie Trevelyan,...

Threatened airfields saved from closure

Friday 15 March 2019. Several military airfields threatened with closure have been saved – some permanently.The announcement came after concerns about the speed and scale of airfield closures were raised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation...

New Drones Law punishes British Model Flying Community

Monday 11 March  A new set of regulations intended to tighten rules on drone operators is in danger of having a disproportionately negative effect on the model flying community, according to the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) and the All-Party Group on...

Fairer fees for future airline pilots have come a step closer.

Monday 25th February 2019.  Ministers from the Treasury have vowed to “look further into” removing VAT from professional pilot course fees.The move follows pressure from pro-aviation campaigners.It is estimated that VAT on flight training costs student pilots more...

All-Party Group Announces Ambitions for 2019

Wednesday 20th February 2019.   The All-Party Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA) has set out its vision for what it wants to achieve during 2019 in the form of five updated Work Programmes. The programmes, one for each Working Group of the APPG, set out policy...

Parliamentary Aviation Group flies past 200 members

Tuesday 19th February 2019. Membership of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA) has passed an important milestone with its 200th Parliamentarian joining. This, they say, is a clear sign of support for the UK General Aviation sector. The...

All Party Group response to the General Aviation Strategy

Wednesday 6th February 2019. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA), welcomes the release of the General Aviation’s strategy, but calls on the CAA to be more ambitious. The progress made by Ministers and the General Aviation Unit is recognised...

APPG steps up battle for more affordable pilot training.

The number of students in Britain learning to become airline pilots is far below potential – due to much higher training costs in this country compared to elsewhere in the world.Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA), have now met...

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 by Lord Kirkhope of...

“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...

APPG on GA launches new Working Group on STEM Jobs and Skills

17 October 2018 The All Party Parliamentary Group for General Aviation (APPG-GA) has published the Terms of Reference for its new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Jobs & Skills Working Group. The Terms of Reference were drafted following a...

Airspace Inquiry – Terms of Reference and Call for Evidence

18th September 2018: The All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA) is parliament’s largest APPG, With 174 MPs and Peers[1]. The parliamentary group works to educate parliamentarians and ministers about the role that aviation plays in society and our...

Aviation Minister pledges to change law to legalise writing in the sky

The Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg CBE has promised to update UK law to allow for the practice of Skytyping and other forms of sky writing in the UK. The move follows pressure from parliamentarians and aviation aerobatic experts to change outdated legislation, which...

Immigration Minister gives green light to ‘hangar homes’

The Immigration Minister has confirmed that UK Border Force “would not ordinarily object” to the development of so-called ‘hangar homes’ on aerodrome sites, in a letter to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on General Aviation. Housing built airside on working...

All-party parliamentary group visits IWM Duxford

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on General Aviation visited IWM Duxford, the UK’s leading aviation museum, to discuss the challenges they face and their exciting plans for the future. The group heard about the many air displays that Duxford produces every...

APPG visits Wycombe Air Park

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on General Aviation visited Wycombe Air Park to talk to businesses and airfield operators about the challenges facing the General Aviation sector, and how they can be overcome. A number of businesses at the Air Park spoke about...

Parliament supports General Aviation with 70 parliamentary members

Membership of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on General Aviation has soared to 70 parliamentarians, in a clear sign of support for the General Aviation sector. Some of the latest additions to the Parliamentary membership include the current Leader of the...

All-Party Parliamentary Group sets out key asks of Government

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on General Aviation has written to the Secretaries of State for Transport and Communities and Local Government, outlining the existential crisis facing the General Aviation sector and detailing five key areas that Government...

All-Party Parliamentary Group reaches 32 members and rising

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on General Aviation now has 32 parliamentarians from across the main political parties and both Houses of Parliament signed up in support of the general aviation sector. Since the inaugural meeting of the new Parliament in...

General Election Notice

Please note that Parliament is now dissolved and the APPG’s work has been suspended until further notice.