Annual General Meeting 19 September 2017

The 51st 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 19th September 2017 at AOPA, 50a Cambridge Street, London SW1V 4QQ, commencing at 2.00 p.m. The formal announcement and agenda of the AGM appears below.

Information for the AGM can be found by clicking the relevant link below.  This will also be available at the AGM.

The minutes of the 50th AGM can be found here.

Brief personal details of Directors seeking election or re-election can be found here.

Published accounts to 31st March 2017 will be published here in advance of the meeting.

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 let the AOPA office know in advance, either by telephone (020 7834 5631), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to AOPA, 50a Cambridge Street, London SW1V 4QQ. 


2017 AOPA Annual General Meeting

 The 51st 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 19th September 2017 at 2.00 p.m.


  1. Apologies for absence
  2. To confirm the Minutes from the 49th Annual General Meeting
  3. To receive and approve the Directors’ Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31st March 2017.
  4. The election of Directors to the Board of Management. The following Directors are due to retire by rotation: Geoffrey Boot, John Pett, Chris Royle and Pauline Vahey. John Pett, Chris Royle and Pauline Vahey offer themselves for re-election. Martin Robinson, having been co-opted onto the Board in April 2017 offers himself for election. The election of other properly nominated Members of AOPA.
  5. To appoint as Auditors Messrs Waller & Byford, at a fee to be fixed by the Board of Management.
  6. To conduct any other business which may properly be dealt with at an Annual General Meeting.

By Order of the Board

George Done, Chairman

UK Aviation Strategy - Have Your Say

The Government has published a Call for Evidence on its Aviation Strategy, to be followed by several Green Papers, leading to a White Paper for a new Strategy by the end of 2018.

You can view full details here. The DfT can send a pdf or a hard copy to anyone having problems downloading it.

GA readers might particularly want to look at paragraphs, 1.27, 6.17, 6.18 and 8.23 though other parts will be relevant too to different stakeholders.

The closing date for responses is 13 October 2017.

Responses should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Andy Kirby (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) is happy to take questions from GA stakeholders.

Please send a copy of any response to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Evolution of General Aviation and Light Aircraft - from Moth to eGo

The Royal Aeronautical Society would like to formally invite you to an evening lecture with Dr Ronald Smith FRAeS, Aeronautical Engineer and Author taking place on Thursday 7th September.

 General Aviation is a very important sector of the aviation industry, dwarfing the commercial sector in terms of the number and variety of aircraft involved. This lecture will review factors that influence (positively and negatively) the health of this sector. It will focus on enduring light aircraft roles and discuss representative designs from the start of private flight to the present day, including some comparisons of the performance of modern and older aircraft. The lecture will conclude with a look at future trends and challenges for the private aircraft sector.

This event will be held at the Royal Aeronautical Society headquarters and No.4 Hamilton Place, London W1J 7BQ. The Lecture will commence at 18.00 hrs, and there will be refreshments available beforehand from 17.30 hrs.

For more information and to reserve a seat please click here.

Man prosecuted for flying without a licence

A 68-year-old man, who flew an aircraft without a valid pilot's licence, has been fined and ordered to pay the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) costs.

Andrew Hart, took off in a PA 28 light aircraft, from Weston Airport, Dublin, bound for Shobdon Aerodrome, Herefordshire, on 12 December 2016.

Mr Hart had first obtained a private pilot's licence in 1979, but on the date of the flight it was no longer valid. His medical certificate, which is required to validate a licence, had also expired.

On landing at Shobdon Aerodrome, Mr Hart was stopped by a visiting flight training instructor and asked to produce his licence. The training instructor had been concerned that Mr Hart had carried out a landing in poor weather conditions. Having failed to produce his licence, the training instructor informed the CAA, which began an investigation.

Appearing at Worcester Magistrates' Court on 6 July 2017, Mr Hart, of Pembridge, Leominster, Herefordshire, pleaded guilty to one count of flying without a licence in contravention of the Air Navigation Order 2016.

He was fined £600 and ordered to pay CAA costs of £552. Mr Hart must also pay a victim surcharge of £60.

The court heard that during his flight to Shobdon, Mr Hart had also flown through restricted airspace in West Wales, without obtaining air traffic control clearance. MoD Aberporth is a military weapons testing facility, protected by a Danger Area which excludes, all unauthorised aircraft. Mr Hart made no attempt to contact air traffic control before flying through the Danger Area. He was later traced by his aircraft's registration mark.

Speaking after the hearing, Tony Rapson, Head of the CAA's General Aviation Unit, said: “It should be self-evident that anyone flying an aircraft needs to be appropriately licenced for the type of activity they are engaged in.

“Unfortunately, a small number of people still think that the rules don't apply to them and they can carry on regardless, despite the obvious risk to other airspace users and the general public. We will always take action against such people.”

Acceptance of Training Gained Prior to 17 September 2012

The CAA have published Information Notice IN-2017/012.  Although this was issued in April, it will only apply until the end of September 2017 and will not be re-issued. Pilots who need to make use of the IN’s terms are strongly recommended to complete their training as soon as possible, then apply to the CAA for the ‘temporary exemption’ and have received it prior to taking the Skill Test by the end of Sep 2017.  After that date, it will still be possible until Apr 2018 to obtain an NPPL, then convert it to a LAPL or PPL.  Any NPPL issued after April 2018 cannot be accepted for conversion.

Third Country Licences: Use Within The United Kingdom

The CAA have published Information Notice IN-2017/029. The purpose of IN-2017/029 is to advise on the policy regarding the use of Third Country Licences issued in accordance with ICAO Annex I and their use within the airspace of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). Please note that, In the context of this IN, the airspace of the States of Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man are excluded from the area considered UK airspace.

Birmingham Airport Consultation on Proposed changes to SID from Runway 33

Birmingham Airport is a strategic national asset, making a significant contribution to the West Midlands economy, serving its demand for air transport and acting as a catalyst to boost employment and inward investment. In 2014 we extended our runway, enabling direct, non-stop services to long-haul destinations in emerging markets, part of a £450 million investment programme to meet the needs of the 12 million passengers who fly from Birmingham each year.

In common with airports throughout the UK, Birmingham Airport is required to make changes to its flight paths, known technically as Standard Instrument Departure routes. We are bringing forward our proposals as part of a national programme which will deliver improvements and efficiencies to the UK’s airspace infrastructure. Before we can make any changes, we must formally present an Airspace Change Proposal, which is the subject of this consultation.

Full details of the proposal can be accessed via our website

Hard copies can be supplied on request by writing to:

Airspace Change Process
Birmingham Airport
Diamond House
Birmingham, B26 3QJ

or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This proposal will be subject of a 14 week consultation commencing on Monday 3rd July and will close on Monday 9th October.

We take the concerns and views of our stakeholders very seriously. Your feedback into this consultation process is important and I encourage you to respond.

David Winstanley
Chief Operating Officer

NATS Airspace Consultation for a proposed introduction of Controlled Airspace (CAS) in the vicinity of the Portsmouth and Southern CTAs

NATS have opened an Airspace Consultation regarding a proposed introduction of Controlled Airspace (CAS) in the vicinity of the Portsmouth and Southern CTAs off of the south coast of the UK. This consultation runs from Friday 30th June until Friday 25th August 2017, a period of eight weeks.

The proposal is to introduce a volume of Class C Controlled Airspace from FL125 to FL195 directly underneath the Southern CTA. The adjacent Portsmouth CTA (to the west) FL125+ will be reclassified from Class A to Class C.

The Military will retain primacy over the airspace which contains three Military Danger Areas.

This will deliver a uniform airspace classification of Class C across both airspace volumes and a uniform base of FL125.

It will also enable an improved descent profile for a south to north CDR which is currently under consideration by the CAA and facilitate direct routings to airports in the south of England.

Please got to for full details. 

To respond, please use this email link. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Email attachments will be accepted if you prefer to write a longer, more detailed response.  Please supply files in standard formats such as Word or PDF, maximum file size 5Mb.


Glasgow Prestwick Airport Airspace Change Consultation

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is holding a 13-week consultation, starting on June 14 and ending on September 13, outlining potential departure and arrival routes.

The Airport is undergoing an Airspace Change Process due to the removal of old navigation aids as part of a national replacement programme.

Airports need to update their procedures to be compatible with new, state of the art satellite-based systems.

The navigation aids that assist aircraft to fly in and out of Glasgow Prestwick Airport are due to be taken out of service in 2018, and in preparation for this, we need to design upgraded routes to meet this date.

Our intention is to replicate the existing conventional routes as closely as possible, however, some changes are required to meet the more modern design criteria.

We are also taking the opportunity to future-proof our airspace to ensure it will accommodate growth and development whilst also looking for improvements relating to noise impact or environmental efficiency.

An online response form is available on the website.

Holders of FAA Pilot Licences with FAA Class 3 Medicals - Exemption

The CAA have published ORS4 No.1228 which notifies the Part-FCL Annex III licensing validation requirements for holders of third country, non-Part FCL, (‘EASA’) licences wishing to exercise private, non-commercial, licence privileges, after 8 April 2017.

It explains that, whilst the final terms of EU-US bilateral aviation safety agreement (BASA) for mutual licence recognition are still under negotiation, affected FAA licence holders will be exempt from the need for full compliance with Annex III, subject to their satisfying certain criteria drawn from the current draft BASA. The criteria proposed will permit the continued interim use of FAA Class 3 medicals for the non-commercial flying in question until such time as the finalised, signed BASA is in place.

AOPA Members - Pooley's Flight Equipment Online Store Discount

As from today, AOPA Members can get a 5% discount (subject to Pooley's terms, conditions and exclusions) when shopping online at Pooley's Flight Equipment and using the members discount code.

To find out more, go to the AOPA page at Pooley's Flight Equipment. Every purchase made using the AOPA membes discount code will also mean a small commission for AOPA, so a win for you and your Association.

We have closed our online store - the pilot store online - for Pilot Supplies, but it remains open to allow you to buy new membership or renew membership of FI Seminars online. Any orders placed before the online store was closed will be completed by AOPA.  

Our Pilot Store at 50a Cambridge Street, LONDON SW1V 4QQ remains open, with a full range of Pliot Supplies, inlcuding Bose Headsets. Members discounts are available on a range of products. Unfortunately, as with Pooley's, we are unable to offer discounts on all products, including Bose Headsets.

NATS Publish Informative Blog Articles

NATS are running a series of informative articles or blog posts over the summer period on various topics, such as LARS, FIR, TMZs etc. These are aimed at reducing airspace infringements.

The first blog article written by Farnborough LARS, which can be found here:

Further articles will be published on a regular basis.

GNSS Centre of Excellence publish new Video Series for GPS Navigation

The GNSS Centre of Excellence have published a further set of short educational videos about the use of GPS for IFR flight and approaches. These vidoes are designed to inform and educate, they are not substitutes for formal training. Any pilot considering using GNSS approaches should undertake formal training and, of course, hold a valid rating for such use.

The full video series, both VFR use of GNSS for navigation and IFR use can be found here.

The GNSS Centre of Excellence Facebook Page can be found here.

Implementation of Performance Based Navigation

The CAA have published Information Notice IN-2017/026 which gives further information on the implementation of Commission Regulation (EU) No. 2016/539 Performance Based Navigation (PBN) that amends Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011 (the Aircrew Regulation).

The new PBN regulations will require the following:

  • From 25 August 2018 pilots may only fly in accordance with PBN routes and procedures after they have been granted PBN privileges as an endorsement to their Instrument Rating;
  • All pilots will need to have PBN privileges within their Instrument Rating (IR) or Enroute Instrument Rating (EIR) after 25 August 2020.
  • All Approved Training Organisations (ATO) conducting training for the addition of PBN privileges before 25 August 2020 must ensure that the training satisfies the flight and theoretical knowledge requirements stated in the Regulations.
  • ATOs must submit their application and amended ATO Manual(s) including their proposed training syllabus for approval before they conduct the training. See section 7.
  • As reference material, the ATO should refer to EASA Learning Objectives (AMC7 FCL.615(b)). Also, ICAO Doc 9613 provides additional guidance for pilot knowledge and training.
  • All ATOs conducting training for the IR1 or the EIR must ensure that the IR training courses they offer are compliant with the requirements of Annex I (Part-FCL) if the courses are due to complete on or after 25 August 2020.
  • The Head of Training (HT) at the ATO is responsible for ensuring that all their instructors are trained and hold the PBN endorsement on their licenses before they provide PBN instruction.
  • A Course Completion Certificate that confirms the pilot has received the required technical knowledge and flight training, as applicable, must be presented to the examiner before the Skills Test or proficiency check is undertaken.

The UK CAA will issue further information on the impact of the PBN regulations on the Instrument Meteorological Conditions Rating (IMC)/Instrument Rating (Restricted)(IR(R)) and update Standards Document 25 later in the year.

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