General Aviation APPG grows and shapes its agenda
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.generalaviationappg.uk/ 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.