The Honourable Company of Air Pilots incorporating Air Navigators

Company Objectives

  • To establish and maintain the highest standards of air safety through the promotion of good airmanship.
  • To maintain a liaison with all Authorities connected with licensing, training and legislation affecting pilot or navigator whether private, professional, civil or military.
  • To constitute a body of experienced airmen available for advice and consultation and to facilitate the exchange of information.
  • To assist air pilots and air navigators in need through the Benevolent Fund.
  • To promote the Company as an active Livery Company of the City of London.

Taken from an address given by the (then) Grand Master, and now Patron, His Royal Highness, the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh:

"The Guild (now Company) is concerned with every technical aspect of flying from safety to navigational aids, from airport facilities to training methods and in particular with new developments in aircraft and their handling.  It's a unique organisation, as its upper membership is restricted to qualified pilots and navigators and therefore it can truly claim to bring together the views and ideas of people who control aircraft in the air.  Perhaps, the most important function of the Guild (now Company) is to help set and maintain standards of conduct among flying people.

"The Guild (now Company) is not intended to be a lobby or pressure group and it does not function in the same way as the Airline Pilots' Associations.  However, that doesn't mean that it will never offer considered advice if it thinks it necessary, and of course it is always ready to offer an opinion if asked for."