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2019 AOPA Annual General Meeting
The 53rd Annual General Meeting of the British Light Aviation Centre Ltd, trading as the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of the UK, will be held on Tuesday 17th September 2019 at:

50a Cambridge Street
commencing at 2.00 p.m. The formal announcement and agenda of the AGM appears below:

The 53rd Annual General Meeting of the British Light Aviation Centre Limited,trading as the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of UK will be held at AOPA, 50a Cambridge Street, London, SW1V 4QQ on Tuesday 17th September 2019 at 2.00 p.m.


1. Apologies for absence

2. To confirm the Minutes from the 52nd Annual General Meeting.

3. To receive and endorse the Directors’ Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31st March 2019.

4. The election of Directors to the Board of Management. The following Directors are due to retire by rotation: George Done, Richard Hawkin, John Walker and John Pett. Richard Hawkin, John Walker and John Pett offer themselves for re-election.

5. To appoint as Auditors Messrs Venthams, at a fee to be fixed by the Board of Management.

6. To conduct any other business that may properly be dealt with at an Annual General Meeting.

A set of the financial accounts for the year ended 31st March 2019 will be provided in advance of the meeting on the AOPA website together with the minutes of the 52nd AGM and brief personal details of the members offering themselves for election and re-election. These data will also be available at the AGM.

Any member wishing to elect another member to the Board of Management must provide notice in writing or email to the AOPA office at least 10 days in advance. A statement of willingness to serve will be expected from the proposed member together with appropriate personal details. Proxy voting is permitted, either by nominating in writing or by email a member who will be present at the AGM as proxy, or by nominating the Chairman as proxy.

Following the formal business of the meeting, there will be time for informal reports from the Chairman and CEO and for general discussion.

Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be available for those attending from 1.30 p.m. and it is expected that the meeting will finish by 3.30 p.m. It is very important for planning purposes that members who intend to attend are requested to please let the AOPA office know in advance, either by telephone (020 7834 5631), email (, or by post to AOPA, 50a Cambridge Street, London SW1V 4QQ.

General Aviation Reports (GARs) provide Police and Border Force with important information about individuals on board and enable authorities to ensure the security of the UK border.
All general aviation pilots, operators and owners are required to submit GARs to advise UK authorities of their expected journey for all inbound flights and currently outbound flights to non-EU countries and the Common Travel Area.
Border Force have launched a free digital service to enable electronic submission of GARs.
The system has been designed to make the GAR submission process as streamlined as possible, removing the need for pilots and operators to email or fax documents to Border Force and Police.

To register and submit a GAR online, please visit

Once you have registered, you will be able to:
  • submit GARs online quickly and easily;
  • upload supporting documents, to help make travelling through the UK border even easier;
  • manage all your GARs from a single platform;
  • save your previous details, making submitting future GARs even quicker;
  • create draft GARs for future travel; and
  • receive confirmation of GAR submission.
Pilots, operators and owners can submit GARs as far in advance of their journey as required and the deadline for doing so should still adhere to current submission timings. These can be found on GOV.UK.
Once GARs have been submitted, they are received by Border Force and Police.  Users will receive a transmission reference number for their report submission.
The ‘Submit a GAR’ service is currently in its infancy and developers are continuing to undertake research and collate feedback to consider future improvements where possible and to enhance the user experience. Feedback about this service will help Border Force gather the data they need to keep the UK border secure.
 The system has been designed with security of users and data in mind, with a two-factor authentication process when logging in, to ensure that personal information entered by users is protected.
Users are encouraged to leave feedback on the service via a link found at the top of the initial registration homepage.

Young Aviators Event
14 September 2019

The 14th Annual Sywell Young Aviators event will be held at Sywell Aerodrome on Saturday 14th September 2019.

Sponsors & Exhibitors – If you would like to sponsor or you would like to take part in the 14th Annual Sywell Young Aviators event at Sywell Aerodrome either as an exhibitor or as a participant, then please send an e-mail to the event organiser

Pilots – we always need pilots and so please send an e-mail to the event organiser who would be delighted to welcome you to fly some youngsters, subject to the correct currency requirements being met (these will be sent to you when you get in contact by e-mail).

Youngsters (and parents and their friends) – We would be delighted to welcome you to what promises to be yet another day of Education, Inspiration but above all else Fun.

AOPA Round-up
Lord Kirkhope Inquiry into UK Lower Airspace

The inquiry report into UK Lower Airspace has been published, see our
news item here.
Pauline Vahey, Chairman AOPA UK, was on the Inquiry Panel.  

Renters Insurance for Self-Fly Solo Hire in the USA

We get a number of enquiries from members each year about insurance cover when hiring an aircraft for self-fly solo hire in the USA. It is often the case that the aircraft insurance will not cover non-US citizens (aliens) or only provide reduced cover.
Avemco Insurance Company offer Renters Insurance and have confirmed that it will cover non-US citizens. AOPA Members get a 5% discount on premiums.

Henstridge Airfield (EGHS)

Show your AOPA Membership Card for FREE Landings on Saturday's or Sunday's. For Pilot Information see the
Henstridge Airfield website.
AOPA Response to Proposed U-Space Regulation

EASA are proposing to introduce a new U-Space airspace category as part of a Regulatory framework to safely accommodate Drones alongside other airspace users. AOPA has responded to an initial stakeholder consultation on Initial Draft proposals. EASA plan to publish a Draft Opinion in December 2019. The Articles of the Draft Proposals can be found on this website.

Key points of the AOPA Response:
  • AOPA UK supports the safe integration of manned and unmanned aircraft operations within the existing airspace classifications.
  • U-Space is yet another form of controlled airspace reducing the freedoms that are currently enjoyed today.
  • AOPA believes that any future autonomous traffic management system should operate within the existing classes of airspace, and be made available to all airspace users.
  • By not thinking about manned aviation needs the proposal will make it harder to achieve the integration of airspace users.
  • Article 10 Priority rules appear to give manned aviation priority over unmanned aviation.  We support this article however this should make clear that this article applies to operations that are participating in and are in receipt of a U-Space Service.
  • Article 11 Sets out what unmanned aircraft operators shall avail themselves of, however an essential element of aviation safety is that all participants fully understand the service levels.
  • Article 13 Pricing Freedom. This is a concern because whereas in Article 12 permission is required to fly in U-Space, unless the operator is paying for U-Space services that permission is unlikely to be provided.
  • GA in Europe pays substantial sums of monies in fuel tax and VAT no such tax is likely/proposed for UAS/UTM and this needs addressing.  However EASA has no competence  in areas of taxation: This initial draft proposes to introduce greater airspace restrictions for GA as well as a new charging scheme there is a need for more transparency on this specific issue.
  • Leave manned aviation, airspace classification and flight rules as they are and as they were intended.
  • Do not make manned aviation subject to the U-space Regulation.
  • Designate U-space airspace, with the same class of the airspace it is located, with associated usage criteria, and do not make U-space restricted airspace.
  • Below 500 ft, let manned aviation carry on, but make drone information available to help pilots to plan and operate safely. Ensure drone operations are suitably constrained by regulation and technology. Use SORA for any non-Open category operations. Use technology as it emerges for better Situational Awareness. Train and educate drone pilots in respect of the rules .In the future think about greater use of Geo-fencing. Drones must be the ones taking avoiding action.
  • Above 500 ft, airspace classifications remain as now, with manned aircraft flying under flight rules as now. All drones are subject to SORA-based approvals, as well as more technology support, and this information is available to VFR manned aviation. Changes must be incremental, affordable and safe.
  • Inside controlled airspace, the ANSP dictates the rules for drones, which must comply, but are not actually controlled by ATC; this is achieved through a suitable interface between U-space service provider and ATC. IFR aircraft are kept away by the IFR, whilst VFR, where permitted, operates as point 5 or is managed clear by ATC. Many GA aerodromes reside inside class G airspace with aircraft arriving and departing.
  • Autonomous traffic management systems of the future must demonstrate  high levels of safety before being deployed.
  • Drone operators are not necessarily aviators and therefore they need to have demonstrated knowledge of thing such as the rules of the air .
  • There are many operators today flying below 500feet and EASA should be aware of the interests of the air-sport community as well as low level helicopters to cite a few activities.
  • AOPA will continue to support integration but not additional segregated airspace.

AOPA Awards 2019
Lennox-Boyd Trophy
Awarded to Ken Ashton. Ken has a lifetime career in aeronautical navigation service provision. He led the project team that introduced LPV approach procedures at Alderney Airport, one of the first to be approved by the CAA. He now supports smaller
airfields in implementing Performance Based Navigation operations and in particular Approaches with Vertical guidance. AOPA has been privileged to have Ken working as the Project Manager of Project GAGA for the last three years. Project GAGA is all about the implementation of GNSS approaches for General Aviation. It is expected this will contribute significantly to the safety of General Aviation in the decades to come.
Best Aerodrome
Awarded to Blackbushe Airport. Like many smaller airports in the UK Blackbushe has had its ups and downs. However, by all reports Blackbushe is now definitely on an up with its new management team in charge. By all accounts the facilities at Blackbushe have
improved as has the welcome for GA. The vision and strategy for the sustainable and viable future of the airport as a centre of excellence for general aviation and a key contributor to the local community is outlined on their website. A model for other smaller airports to take a serious look at if the UK is to keep its airfields for aviation and not housing.
Contribution to the Community
Awarded to Luc and Edith Dufour. For over thirty years Luc and Edith have run the restaurant at Cherbourg Airport, Le Coucou de Forchette. They have provided an unfailing welcome and assistance to the Brits who make Cherbourg their first or last stop to clear Customs and Immigration when flying to and from the Continent. Luc and Edith are retiring at the end of this year. We wish them the very best for their retirement, they’ll be missed.
Instructor of the Year
Awarded to Simon Aitkin. Head of Training at Booker Aviation Simon continues to work in General Aviation when a career in Commercial Aviation would have been an easy step for him. His outstanding knowledge of the GA sector and its rules and regulations together with his continued support has earned him widespread respect through the UK GA community including the CAA who value his knowledge.

Friend of AOPA
Awarded to Roger Kimbell (pictured), Paul Layzell and Mike Smart. Roger, Paul and Mike are founder members of the AOPA Maintenance Working Group from its earliest days in 2009 and, at that time, owners and operators of general aviation maintenance organisations. Over the past 10 years, they have applied their specialist knowledge in the provision of valuable advice on a wide variety of AOPA members’ engineering problems to the ultimate benefit of those members.
Individual Merit.
To be awarded to Arthur Williams. Arthur became a Royal Marines Commando in 2004. In 2007 Arthur had a car accident which left him paralysed from the waist down resulting in him leaving the Marines in 2009. After leaving the Marines he fulfilled a childhood ambition to learn to fly. He learnt with the disabled flying charity Aerobility, for whom he is now an Ambassador. Arthur is also a patron for Help the Heroes. As a television presenter or guest. he has now presented many aviation documentaries. However, it was his personal journey in his own Piper Cub in the series Flying Across Britain which brought him to the attention of the GA community. In his own words Arthur gets to celebrate the resilience of the human spirit with disability sport but he’s also combined his love of flying with his enthusiasm for broadcasting, providing an inspiration to others.
IAOPA Presidents Award
Dan Akerman has been presented with an IAOPA Presidents Award in recognition of his work as Senior Technical Advisor to AOPA Sweden. Dan has worked vigorously to right the wrongs of Part M Regulations for GA and reduce the unjustified regulatory cost burdens on GA. A higlight of his efforts to reduce the cost burden on GA was his successful petitioning, on behalf of IAOPA Europe, for the removal of Airworthiness Directive 2006-0265 concerning Modes C and S Transponders. This has saved aircraft owners significant costs by no longer having to comply with the AD. A clear example of AOPA working for you and GA.
Recent SkyWise Alerts
Update to EU exit information - Licensed Engineers:

Update to EU exit information – Commercial pilots:

Using your National licence to fly G-reg EASA aircraft in the UK

Pilots that hold a LAPL may continue to fly a UK registered aeroplane or Touring Motor Glider (TMG) with an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness or EASA Permit to Fly.
An exemption set out in ORS4 1293 has been replaced by
derogation ORS4 1309. This continues to allow holders of an appropriate UK National licence to exercise the privileges of a Part-FCL LAPL.
The derogation meets the requirements of relevant National legislation and will remain effective until 8 April 2020. Licencing arrangements beyond 2020 are not yet in place, but this is something we are working on.

Policy for the Establishment of Visual Reference Points (VRPs)

This Policy Statement presents CAA policy and guidance regarding the establishment and use of VRPs, as well as the process to be followed to establish or disestablish a VRP, and replaces Aeronautical Information Circular Y 006/2013 dated 21 February 2013, which will be cancelled 29 August 2019.

Visual Reference Points (VRPs) may be established in the vicinity of an aerodrome located within Controlled Airspace in order to facilitate access to and from aerodromes located within, and transit of, the airspace in question by VFR traffic. They may also be used to assist pilots to plan flight around or beneath Controlled Airspace when traffic conditions require. Additionally, VRPs may be established around aerodromes located outside Controlled Airspace for which an instrument approach procedure is published. Finally, VRPs may be created in association with airspace that is temporarily established for special events.

The establishment of VRPs (including replacement of existing VRPs by new VRPs) is to be undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the CAA’s Airspace Change Process (
CAP 1616). The CAA has determined that VRPs should be categorized as Level 0 airspace changes, sponsors should follow the Level 0 process and provide the required VRP specific information in their DAP 1916.

Infringement update: RAF Syerston ATZ infringement

On 3 July 2019, a pilot pleaded guilty to an airspace infringement of the RAF Syerston Aerodrome Traffic Zone in November 2018. The pilot was ordered to pay over £3,200 in fines. Background, flight details and learning points now available on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website: SW2019/143
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