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AOPA UK 50th AGM Chairmans Review

AOPA 2016 AGM, 8th September 2016

Chairman’s Review of the Year

Provided in this review are brief details of some of the activities and other aspects in respect of running AOPA as a business, and as an association providing a value-for-money service to its members.


Membership subscriptions continue to provide the bulk of AOPA’s net income, the pilot category contributing the largest proportion. However, the small but steady decline over the past 10 years places membership considerations as a permanent item on the Executive Committee agenda. The CAA has recorded a somewhat steeper decline in the number of new PPLs and NPPLs over the same period, providing  relevant background to the wider situation.


The largest proportion of administrative expenditure is on salaries and pension for our permanent staff. We have an extremely dedicated team committed to working together to deliver an efficient service to members. Pamela Stephenson and Neil Monks work part-time, Mandy Nelson being full-time. Lynne Knowles, who looked after membership subscriptions with complete dedication, decided to retire at the end of 2015, and we wish her well. We will miss her special talents. We welcome Alina who has, as yet, only been with us a short time. Leading the team is Martin Robinson, our CEO, whose tremendous range of activities is well publicised through “Chief Executive’s Diary” in our magazine, the Aircraft Owner and Pilot expertly edited by AOPA member Ian Sheppard.

Specialist support from the membership

The magazine carries reports of AOPA’s activity on behalf of its members over many areas - from active liaison with “grass roots” members through to the corporates, and including flight instruction, licensing matters, aircraft maintenance, and management of the BLAC by the Executive Committee and the Board. Attendance on external committees is also important in contributing to the future viabilty of general aviation. These include IAOPA Europe and IAOPA  and several EASA workshops and subcommittees. Attending, and in some cases, chairing, these committees rests with many dedicated volunteers, to numerous to name in this short review, but they all know who they are!

50a Cambridge Street

AOPA’s headquarters building at 50a Cambridge Street has been subject to much needed renovation and improvement, both inside and out. Some long standing problems have been addressed, not the least being provision of a decent washroom and toilet! The external improvement to the building is clearly visible to visitors. The investment in the Pilot Store shop on the ground floor provides a significant benefit to members, the revenue from which will help support the association in the future. Needless to say, however, we are extremely fortunate to be in a position of owning a building that constitutes a considerable financial asset.

In conclusion

As Chairman of an association of an extremely supportive membership, backed by a strong and dedicated team of staff and volunteers, I wish to express my sincere thanks to all.

George Done



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