A very Happy New Year for the LAA!
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