26 APRIL 2021
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The Department for Transport last week published what it calls a General Aviation (GA) Roadmap, a 15-page document setting out its beliefs and aspirations for this vital part of the aviation community.
It presents its targets very clearly:
“We want the UK to be seen as the best place in the world for aviation and this starts at the grassroots. It provides the entry point for careers in aviation, as pilots, engineers, scientists and other highly skilled professions; includes a number of vital businesses and services that are vital to the aviation sector; and is an enabler of innovation. We want GA to be a flourishing, wealth generating and job producing sector of the economy.
“The network of airfields is a national asset. Airfields provide crucial connectivity, both for business and emergency services, but also for leisure and sporting flying. They offer potential for highly skilled, dynamic and innovative businesses to grow and flourish – be it for manufacturing and maintenance of aircraft, aviation services, flight training, and for research and innovation. Given their significant local and regional impacts, they are vital to levelling up.”
GA has always been the poor relation of the aviation industry with the actual airports the vital cog that holds everything together, as articulated in BTN this week. See ON THE SOAPBOX SPECIAL: Saving UK Airfields by Ian Sheppard.
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