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Airfield protection and the championing of GA
Jan10

Airfield protection and the championing of GA

Safeguarding UK airfields from housing development is back on Government’s agenda, after a crucial intervention by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for General Aviation. The APPG for General Aviation, formed last February, has quickly grown to become one of the largest parliamentary groups in Whitehall and has been active in rolling out initiatives to support the General Aviation sector. Consisting of 124 cross-party MPs and...

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APPG General Aviation spreads its wings
Sep05

APPG General Aviation spreads its wings

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation was established earlier this year as a special-interest parliamentary organisation established to promote the Government’s stated objective of ‘…making the UK the best country in the world for General Aviation.’, The Chair of the APPG GA – Grant Shapps MP – has now written to Ministers calling for urgent and co-ordinated action to support GA. Shapps, who was instrumental in driving...

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APPG makes progress on airfield protection
Mar11

APPG makes progress on airfield protection

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for General Aviation has claimed an early win in its battle to protect GA airfields from housing development, announcing that a safeguarding measure has been included in the latest draft version of the UK Government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). However, while the APGG has welcomed the announcement, chairman Grant Shapps MP has said that the Group still harbours concerns over GA...

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Airfield ‘greenfield’ protection petition passes 10,000 signatures
Jun05

Airfield ‘greenfield’ protection petition passes 10,000 signatures

A member of the Save Nottingham City (Tollerton) Airfield campaign has started a petition to have airfields reclassified as ‘Greenfield’ sites instead of ‘Brownfield’ to help protect them from potential closure and redevelopment as housing estates. The petition to Parliament , which at the time of writing has attracted over 11,000 signatures, was started by Sarah Deacon, who said, “Airfields around the country are categorised as...

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General Aviation Awareness Council invite airfields to form ‘essential national network’
Jul02

General Aviation Awareness Council invite airfields to form ‘essential national network’

The General Aviation Awareness Council (GAAC) is an organisation founded by UK General Aviation associations, supported by commercial and professional bodies, to try to ensure that GA activity in the UK does not decline, while elsewhere, particularly in Europe, its expansion – whether in business flying, pilot training, sport, recreation or other forms – is publicly and privately encouraged. In a recent meeting with the Minister for...

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