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Welcome to 2020
Chairman's New Year Message

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and I wish you all a successful and prosperous New Year. A new year is an opportunity for some new beginnings and changes.

The Board of AOPA has decided to keep all Membership Rates for 2020 the same as last year.

David Chambers was elected the new Chairman of the Members Working Group (MWG) in the November meeting. I wish David all the very best and I hope all of you will continue to show your support to David and the MWG.

The next meeting is Saturday January 25th at AOPA HQ, 50a Cambridge St., London SW1V 4QQ. Both members and prospective members are welcome. Don’t forget we offer a discount to those who join up at an MWG meeting.

Lest we forget, this is the year we’re ‘going to get Brexit done’. I want to assure all our members that AOPA will continue to work on your behalf to protect your rights at National and European levels and to clarify the implications and consequences this will have on your flying.

AOPA UK is hosting the AOPA European Regional Partners meeting in London in March, to which delegates from all of the AOPA European organisations have been invited. There has never been a time when the work AOPA carries out on your behalf has been so important.

Thank you again for your support. Please spread the word to non-members.

Pauline Vahey
CEO's New year Message

I wish all members a very happy new year. 2020 is going to be another challenging year, but we have a great year coming up with a number of activities and events being planned. We would like to get our members more involved with these.
BREXIT is still going to be a challenge as we still do not know how the requirements for aviation may change, or not.I believe that we will come to know more during the transition period but for now there is nothing that you need to do with you licenses other than keep them valid in accordance with the current requirements.  Other issues, like border crossings,VAT or tariffs, we are still have no clarity , however there is a meeting planned for the 30th January 2020 after which we may have some additional information to share.We have no idea what the European reaction will be to BREXIT as we will need to clear both immigration and customs presumably after the transition period, which are   separate agencies in some Countries. Will there be further restrictions on Airports of Arrival and a reduction in the numbers of these or will EU member states put in place a new system. AOPA is trying to keep abreast of these issues and will keep you informed.
The AOPA GAINS projects came in third place at the  Air Traffic Management (ATM) awards recently, so a big congratulations to all the participants for a project that was well received and well executed. AOPA is going to be working with ForeFlight over the coming months, so watch out for some great new innovative products. We will be inviting members later in the year to get involved too.
Tied in with this will be the airspace discussions where there will be even grater focus on lower airspace and the management of it as drones seek greater access to it for Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations (BVLOS). 

Environmental issues are going to become an even more focussed issue for GA in the coming years and this may accelerate the drive towards more electric and hybrid engines, which has already started in the automotive industry.
The regulatory environment will continue to be a challenge as well as the costs associated with the CAA, which is currently consulting on their fees and charges, all feed back welcome.

Martin Robinson

Recent News Items
Farnborough Airspace Change - Implementation 27 February 2020

The CAA have published
AIC Y002/2020 which details the changes to Farnborough Airspace that will come into effect from 27 February 2020.

All IFR and VFR Pilots operating in, or near, this airspace should be conversant with the changes and operating procedures in this AIC and also:

AIC Y128/2019 - Changes to SSR Transponder Code Procedures
AIC Y127/2019 - Changes to Class E ATS Procedures

CAA Consultation on proposals to allow paid flight training on Permit to Fly aeroplanes and microlights

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have launched two related consultations that propose expanding the types of aircraft allowed to be used for initial paid private pilot training. If enacted, it would add certain aeroplanes and amateur-built microlights operating on national permits to fly. The proposals are in line with the CAA’s approach to make the regulation of General Aviation (GA) in the UK more proportionate.

The move follows an amendment to European regulations, that came into effect in late 2019, that now allows countries to recognise training and experience gained on certain aircraft with permits to fly towards gaining a private pilot licence under European Aviation Safety Agency requirements. For those training in microlights a national licence would be issued.

Input from the GA community has been directly included in the consultation as the working group developing the proposal was comprised of key stakeholders from the sector’s representative groups.

The CAA believes the proposals could have a positive impact on the flight training sector, including potential cost savings that may lead to more people learning to fly.

The two consultations are open until 17 February 2020 and are available on the CAA website:
Please let AOPA know your views by email to

Infringement hot-spots: East Midlands Controlled Airspace

The latest narrative in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known 'hot-spots' focuses on
preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of East Midlands. It has been written by members of the Midlands LAIT including East Midlands ATC and operators at Nottingham Aerodrome.

General Aviation Policy Framework

The CAA General Aviation Unit has reviewed and updated its GA Policy Framework. This provides guidelines to help ensure they fulfil their statutory duties as they continue to deregulate, delegate and introduce proportionate regulation, further to the Government’s Red Tape Challenge as set out in CAP1188: Let There be Flight: Regulating General Aviation. The Framework was first introduced in 2014. Minor revisions have been made to reflect guidance and regulation that has been published since then.

Submission of revalidation and renewal documentation

All Examiners and those Instructors with FCL.945 privileges are reminded of the importance that it is their responsibility to submit documents relevant to the revalidation or renewal of an individual’s rating privileges within 14 days of a proficiency check or revalidation check flight.

CAA records are required to be kept fully up to date, failure to submit such documentation can affect the reputation of an individual as it can appear that the individual has undertaken a flight without valid privileges

Instructors providing training within the scope of their privileges

There have been several instances where LAPL only instructors have conducted training for which they do not have the instructor privileges stated in “XII – Ratings, Certificates and Privileges” page of their licence.

The Skywise release of this information was supposed to include a specific website link, but this was omitted in error.  Nevertheless, LAPL-only FIs are reminded that they may only provide training for ab-initio LAPL (or NPPL) applicants or those who already hold a LAPL or NPPL.  However, if such instructors also hold CRI certificates, they may provide any necessary Class Rating training for holders of any relevant pilot licence.  With the change in CRI revalidation criteria introduced last November now in effect, once the updated Easy Access Rules for Aircrew have been published AOPA will be seeking a CAA policy agreement for consolidated revalidation criteria applicable to LAPL-only FIs who are also CRIs.

Airprox magazine

The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has published its annual safety magazine for GA pilots and air traffic controllers. The magazine looks in depth at the factors leading to a serious loss of separation between aircraft, and how such incidents can be avoided in the future.

The magazine can be downloaded from the
UKAB website.

Enabling ADS-B Out in the UK General Aviation Fleet

The CAA have published
Aeronautical Information Circular Y 141/2019 (alternative link) which details the use of ADS-B out in the UK GA Fleet.

This AIC covers the use of ADS-B Out using Mode S Extended Squitter transponders or portable ADS-B transceiver. It also gives approval to the use of a portable ADS-B transceiver in an aircraft fitted with a transponder that does not have an ADS-B out capability.

Airspace classification review 2019–2020

On 30 October 2019 the Secretary of State for Transport wrote to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to amend the 2017 Air Navigation Directions to give a new requirement to review the classification of airspace.

The CAA are now beginning the first airspace classification review and would like your help to identify volumes of controlled airspace in which the classification could be amended to better reflect the needs of all airspace users on an equitable basis.
Click here to see the consultation for more information and respond online before 3 March 2020.

Please let AOPA know of any such volumes of controlled airspace by email to

Consultation on CAA charges

The CAA are consulting on proposed amendments to their statutory charges, due to take effect from 1 April 2020.

online consultation will close on 7 February 2020.

Please let AOPA know your views on these proposed changes by email to

Carbon Offsetting your Flying

The GA community can expect to come under scrutiny of its green credentials in the coming years, whether or not you accept Climate Change or that Human activity is affecting the climate.

All the main Political parties included environmental issues in their manifesto, with potential (cost) impact on our flying activities if we are not seen to take responsibility for our environmental impact.

One area growing in popularity is Carbon Offsetting your CO2 footprint. Depending on the scheme you might choose to support, the offset cost is likely to be around £0.50 to £1.00 per hour of flying. Read more here.

If you have any views on how the GA Community and AOPA can build its green credentials to answer potential critics of our activities let us know by email to

Members Working Group
The next Members Working Group (MWG) will be held on Saturday 25 January 2020 at AOPA, 50a Cambridge Street , LONDON SW1V 4QQ.

All members are welcome, along with non-member guests.

The MWG is your chance to meet members of the AOPA Board, hear about the current work being done on your behalf, join in the discussion and make your views known.

Meetings start at 10:30, with arrivals from 10:00, when refreshments will be available. There will a finger buffet at lunch. Meetings end at around 15:00.

If you plan to attend, please email David Chambers (
) by Wednesday 22 January 2020.
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