A very Happy New Year for the LAA!

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The Light Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion started 2019 with 7,725 ac­tive mem­bers – an in­crease from 7,638 last year, mak­ing it the UK’S largest pow­ered fly­ing mem­ber or­gan­i­sa­tion. The num­ber of air­craft op­er­at­ing on LAA Per­mits to Fly has also in­creased, to 2,791, an all-time record. In ad­di­tion, the As­so­ci­a­tion is over­see­ing more than 1,400 home­built or restora­tion projects, bring­ing the to­tal LAA air­craft fleet to over 4,100, ‘the largest air force in Europe!’ it says.

“The num­bers clearly demon­strate that more and more fly­ers are see­ing the LAA as a means of fly­ing for fun in the most af­ford­able man­ner,” said Chief Ex­ec­u­tive and Pi­lot colum­nist Steve Slater. “We’re see­ing the util­i­sa­tion of our fleet chang­ing, too. We have a steadily in­creas­ing num­ber of air­craft be­ing cleared for Night and IFR use, and the first own­ers seek­ing per­mis­sions for re­mu­ner­ated use, for pri­vate rental or by fly­ing clubs. We’re also see­ing more own­ers who are buy­ers of used Per­mit air­craft, rather than builders. One of our pri­or­i­ties this year is to as­sist them with an ex­panded mem­ber train­ing pro­gramme to help en­sure they have the knowl­edge to match their en­thu­si­asm.”

The num­ber of LAA Per­mit air­craft has risen to a record 2,791

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