The GA APPG soldiers on

Pilot - - NOTES -

“It has been a tu­mul­tuous sum­mer in West­min­ster and the All-party Par­lia­men­tary Group on Gen­eral Avi­a­tion has been busy work­ing with the new Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port (and for­mer APPG Chair) the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP and his team at the Depart­ment for Trans­port,” APPG spokesman Ge­orge Law­ley tells Pi­lot.

“We are also pleased to an­nounce that the pro­posed new Chair of the APPG is Mark Pritchard MP, the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for the Wrekin. Mark and other mem­bers of the APPG will be meet­ing to elect the new ap­point­ments and lay out the broad work struc­ture for the APPG in the com­ing year. We have also been work­ing with the new Avi­a­tion Min­is­ter, Paul May­nard MP, who wrote to us lay­ing out how the Depart­ment for Trans­port will ‘cham­pion’ Gen­eral Avi­a­tion in the UK.

Ear­lier in the sum­mer the APPG (GA) pub­lished the Lord Kirkhope In­quiry into Lower Airspace De­sign in the UK. “We are look­ing for­ward to the Gov­ern­ment re­sponse [and] hope that the Gov­ern­ment and the CAA will take into ac­count the APPG’S find­ings in the up­com­ing Avi­a­tion White Pa­per.”

The work con­tin­ues to go on within the APPG’S many Work­ing Groups and this in­cludes sav­ing air­fields from be­ing closed down and turned into hous­ing de­vel­op­ments. The APPG has se­cured ma­jor changes to the Na­tional Plan­ning Pol­icy Frame­work (NPPF) which will pro­tect long-es­tab­lished air­fields from be­ing threat­ened by the oc­cu­pants of newly-built hous­ing. “There has also been good news from Welles­bourne, where the lo­cal au­thor­ity is com­plet­ing a Com­pul­sory Pur­chase Or­der which will keep air­craft fly­ing for gen­er­a­tions to come,” adds Law­ley. “New in­vest­ment is also go­ing into Shore­ham (Brighton City Air­port), keep­ing the site as a cor­ner­stone for flight train­ing in the South East.”

Founder Chair­man and nom­i­nated GA cham­pion By­ron Davies has been awarded a Peer­age and will be en­ter­ing the House of Lords. In the event of a Gen­eral Elec­tion (which looks likely as this edi­tion of Pi­lot goes to press) work by the APPG has to be sus­pended in the same way as Par­lia­ment it­self. How­ever, as its ti­tle sug­gests, the APPG has mem­bers from all po­lit­i­cal par­ties and will be back in ac­tion un­der what­ever new ad­min­is­tra­tion is elected.

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