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 APPG-GA was founded in June 2017 and has continued to go from success to success.

The latest new members bring complete cross-party support from both Houses of Parliament.

Recent new members include former Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron MP and the former MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) the Rt Hon Lord George Foulkes of Cumnock.

The 200th member of the APPG-GA, the Rt Hon Tim Farron MP, said:

“I am pleased to join the APPG on General Aviation thereby helping to campaign for young people from harder-to-reach backgrounds to pursue STEM aviation-related careers. I am also interested in the APPG’s Manufacturing & Engineering Working Group’s determination to encourage research and development into cleaner aviation technology.”

The APPG-GA has also received the backing of some of the world’s leading aviation companies, including London Heathrow Airport, EasyJet and Boeing.

The APPG-GA aims to ensure the government maintains its promise to be the best place in the world for General Aviation.

Tim Farron also said:

“It is clear that the future of aviation must be to go green and the UK can and must help lead the way.”

To complete this work, the APPG-GA is split into six working groups; Airfields, Airspace, Tax & Regulations, Heritage, STEM Jobs & Skills, Manufacturing & Engineering and Drones & Model Aircraft. Each working group consists of expert members and are chaired by a Parliamentarian, who has an interest in their respected areas, and a leading sector expert.

Commenting, APPG-GA Chair, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP said:

“It is great that the APPG-GA has more than 200 members, continuing to make it the largest in Parliament. I would like to thank all my colleagues for their support. It has never been more important to support UK aviation especially in the post-Brexit world we are soon to find ourselves in.”

Notes to Editor

A full list of members can be found here: http://www.generalaviationappg.uk/parliamentary-members/