We use this page to highlight just a few of AOPA UK's achievements. A browse through here will give you a feeling for the way AOPA UK works. Most things in aviation never result from a single cause. AOPA had significant input into the achievements below, in many cases in co-operation with other organisations.

More information on AOPA's achievements can be found through previous editions of the GA Magazine.

Lifting of Channel Islands PPR Restrictions

In Spring 2011, pilots were suddenly asked to a pre-book a time slot with Air Traffic Control for all inbound non-IFR flights to the Channel Islands. Deemed unacceptable to many visiting and resident pilots, AOPA successfully influenced ATC to lift the restrictions.

Read more: Lifting of CI PPR Restrictions

Creating the UK IMC Rating

The UK IMC Rating was proposed from within AOPA and guided through the CAA approval process by the late Ron Campbell and Peter Skinner. It entails a 15-hour flying course, teaching low-time pilots to keep control of aircraft and to land safely in IMC. It confers no additional privileges over the PPL apart from reduced visibility minima.

Read more: Creating the UK IMC Rating

Fuel Duty Concessions

For many years pilots throughout the UK have benefited from fuel duty concessions negotiated by AOPA UK. George Done, Chairman of AOPA UK provides the historical background.

Read more: Fuel Duty

Strasser Scheme - Landing Fees waiver for emergencies

In the UK landing and handling fees are very high and in some places can easily amount to over £100.

In 1997 the CAA published CAP 667, Review of General Aviation Fatal Accidents 1985-1994 which included the following:-

"There were a number of fatal accidents where a timely diversion or precautionary landing could have avoided an accident. In the UK there is a ‘culture’ of pressing on and hoping for the best rather accepting the inconvenience and cost of a diversion. This ‘culture’ needs to be changed, firstly by educating pilots and secondly by persuading aerodrome owners that there should be no charge for emergency landings or diversions. It is recommended that all aerodrome owners be persuaded to adopt a policy that there should be no charges for emergency landings or diversions by general aviation aircraft.”

Read more: Strasser Scheme

Saving Aerodromes and Airstrips

Since 1988, (when records were started,) AOPA has handled more than 700 operational/planning issues relating to General Aviation aerodromes and airstrips. In fact AOPA has done more than any other organisation to fight for facilities to remain available nationwide.

Read more: Saving Aerodromes and Airstrips

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