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AOPA UK 51st - AGM Chairmans Review

AOPA 2017 AGM, 19th September 2017

Chairman’s Review of the Year

This review covers briefly some of the activities and other aspects regarding the running AOPA as a business, and as an association providing a service to its members.


From the financial accounts ending 31St March 2017, the largest proportion (72%) of AOPA's net income is from the pilot/owner/instructor category. In line with the reducing number of new PPLs issued by the CAA, there has been a small but continuing reduction in this category of membership causing the Executive Committee to bear down continuously on all administrative costs. The Corporate membership has not been similarly affected, in fact, there has been a small increase in income from this source. But, for the first time, income has been boosted by management fees arising from externally funded projects that support the future needs of GA, specifically EVA and GAGA. It is hoped to be able to build up this particular form of income stream in future years.


The largest proportion (47%) of administrative expenditure is on salaries and pension for our permanent staff. We have a dedicated team committed to working together to deliver an efficient service to members. Mandy is Office Manager and also does the book-keeping, and Alina's duties include membership subscriptions. We welcome Alicia who joined us recently. Neil continues to work part-time as required. We were extremely sorry to see Pamela Stephenson retire after many years with AOPA. She started work with us long before I became involved with the association. Henry , who worked in the shop part-time, also leaves us to attend university. Martin, our CEO, has a wide ranging remit and his extensive range of activities is well publicised through "Chief Executive's Diary" in the AOPA magazine. This is now entitled AOPA UK, and is edited by David Rawlings who took over from Ian Sheppard 8 months ago.

Specialist support

AOPA's support of its membership covers many areas, making use of specialist committees and working groups and including access to expert advice on particular problems. The former is provided by the Training Committee, the AOPA members WG and the Maintenance WG. Attending and chairing these meetings relies on the commitment of many members, too numerous to name here, but they all know who they are! Under the purview of the Training Committee are the Flight Instructor Refresher Seminars, and the PPL Ground School, both now held in the AOPA Meeting Room.

50a Cambridge Street

Following on from the inside renovation of AOPA's headquarters building at 50a Cambridge Street to accommodate the shop and the meeting room in the basement, it has been necessary to carry out some urgent repair work on the building exterior, which added significantly to the administrative costs. Some mainly cosmetic work remains to be done, but we are fortunate to be in a position of owning a building that constitutes a significant financial asset.

In conclusion

As Chairman of an association of an extremely supportive membership, backed by a strong and dedicated team of staff and volunteers, I wish to express my sincere thanks to all.

George Done

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