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General aviation today continues to face complex issues that could impact its activity.

AOPA represents and promotes members interests to the Government, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA), EU Commission, Eurocontrol and National Air Traffic Services (NATS). 

IAOPA Europe speaks for all European AOPA's. Its voice is strong and its views are respected. AOPA transcends sectorial interests to speak for the whole of GA. No other UK GA Organisation has this level of access.

Effective lobbying is very expensive, and becoming increasingly so. Current membership fees, both Individual and Corporate, go a long way to meeting these costs, but we are fighting against the current rising costs and increasing regulatory change proposals that have to be covered from the earliest proposal to the final implementation and review.

It would be a shame if we had to "ration" our limited resources and fail to effectively consider and respond to change, missing a vital change that is wormed in at a late stage in consultation.

Membership of AOPA will help us to keep working to:

  •  Protect your pilot privileges
  •  Preserve your freedom to fly
  •  Combat increases in your costs
  •  Remove unnecessary regulations and restrictions
  •  Improve aviation safety
  •  Protect aerodromes
  •  Fight for your rights
  •  Improve General Aviation's image and awareness
  •  Make our members better pilots

AOPA's work benefits ALL of GA regardless of whether or not you are a member. There is estimated to be 15,000 GA Pilot Licence holders in the UK, yet there is only a core AOPA UK membership of around 3,200 members. By joining, you will help AOPA support GA. 

We publish most of the work we have been doing through our Aircaft Owner & Pilot Magazine.

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