The Honourable Company of Air Pilots incorporating Air Navigators

Structure and Constitution

The Patron of the Honourable Company is His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG KT and the Grand Master is His Royal Highness The Prince Andrew, Duke of York KG GCVO.

The governance structure and constitution of the Company is based on that of a City (of London) Livery Company.  The business of the Company is conducted by a Court (effectively the Board) which consists of the Grand Master, Master, Immediate Past Master, Wardens and Assistants. The Master, Wardens and Assistants are elected yearly from the Livery on a rotation basis. The secretariat is managed by the Clerk to the Company, who is effectively the Chief Executive Officer.

Otherwise, the Company structure has been established in order to represent pilot and navigator interests within all areas of aviation. The majority of our members are or have been professional licence holders both military and civil but we also have many private licence holders. Our members operate aircraft not only in airlines and all branches of Her Majesty s armed forces but also in every area of general aviation, sporting aviation and private flying. The aircraft flown range from supersonic military and civil, through single and multi- engine fixed wing and helicopters, training aircraft, microlights, gliders and balloons to experimental aircraft. Indeed, for many members the particular strength and attraction of the Company is this diverse spread of interests, together with an entirely apolitical outlook and a constitution which forbids it from engaging in trade union activity.

The executive arm of the Court is the General Purposes and Finance Committee. The Court is further assisted in its work by a number of committees, in particular by the Technical, the Careers and Education and the Trophies and Awards Committees.

The Air Pilots is unique amongst City Livery Companies in having active Regional Committees in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and North America. The Company is a charitable organisation and all the members of the Court and the Committees are unpaid. The only salaried staff are the Learned Clerk and the small secretariat.