Gen­eral Avi­a­tion APPG grows and shapes its agenda

Pilot - - NOTES -

The Gen­eral Avi­a­tion APPG (All-party Par­lia­men­tary Group) now con­sists of more than seventy Par­lia­men­tary mem­bers from across all the ma­jor par­ties and both Houses of Parliament. Membership in­cludes seven for­mer Cabi­net min­is­ters and eleven Privy Coun­cil­lors (the full list can be seen at www.gen­er­alavi­a­tion­ par­lia­men­tary-mem­bers/).

The APPG Ex­ec­u­tive met early in Novem­ber when it was agreed that the APPG will be estab­lish­ing Work­ing Groups in the fol­low­ing ar­eas: air­fields and plan­ning re­lated to air­fields and the ar­eas in close prox­im­ity; airspace and main­tain­ing ac­cess for gen­eral avi­a­tion; and tax­a­tion in­clud­ing ‘fair­ness’ with VAT on train­ing etc.

‘We are cur­rently writ­ing to par­ties we wish to in­vite into the Work­ing Groups. This is with a view of be­ing able to show a balanced view­point from across the in­dus­try when us­ing our pow­er­ful lobby of Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans. Our aim is to hold Par­lia­men­tary In­quiries, and there­fore hav­ing the right ex­per­tise on the Work­ing Groups is im­per­a­tive,’ APPG pub­lic li­ai­son of­fi­cer Matthew Bol­shaw tells Pi­lot

Ad­di­tion­ally the APPG re­cently vis­ited Wy­combe Air Park where mem­bers ex­pressed their de­light on see­ing how far the air­field has come since its threat of clo­sure three years ago. ‘Our thanks to ev­ery­one who made us so wel­come,’ adds Matthew.

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