The Honourable Company of Air Pilots incorporating Air Navigators




We welcome any pilots of any background as members.


A professional pilot or navigator, military, civil or test pilot, with five or more years experience.

A professional unmanned air system pilot/operator/commander exercising a National Authority (or equivalent) approval to operate air vehicles of greater than 150kg maximum take-off weight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) for five or more years.

Similar qualifications as above, but with less than five years experience

OR a private pilot with two years experience and a minimum of 75 hours

OR any other person who, in the opinion of Court, has rendered or may render outstanding service to the profession or to the Company

A person engaged in training as a professional, private or military pilot

OR the holder of a PPL or equivalent with less than two years experience

OR a person under 35 years of age, irrespective of flying experience - this is to permit those aged under 35 who may wish to be included in the Young Air Pilots group to join as Associates (even if qualified to join as Freemen or Upper Freemen)

NB for all categories, equivalent experience in a glider, hang glider, balloon, microlight or airship is acceptable.

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All applicants aged under 35 are automatically eligible for membership of the Young Air Pilots irrespective of their membership grade. (See: YOUNG AIR PILOTS at the foot of this screen)



Members (or those applying for membership) in UK whose sole, or principal, source of income is as a civilian Flying Instructor are able to apply annually for a reduced subscription rate (£60 from 1 Oct 2020), whilst still enjoying the benefits of the freedom of the Company. Current members should contact the office for advice The application form for this reduction in membership may be downloaded at this link.

Please note: Potential members who are resident in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, or North America are directed to the regional areas of this site (at the foot of this screen).  The Australian, Hong Kong, New Zealand and North America regional forms are slightly different and must be returned, in the first instance, to the appropriate regional administration centre which will then forward applications to London.

The Livery

Members of the Company may aspire to become Liverymen.  This is limited by statute to 600 and is conferred by the Court on persons who have contributed significantly to aviation or the Company.  'Taking the Livery' is an honour unique to members of the Livery Companies of the City of London.


Fees for membership through the Australian, Hong Kong, New Zealand and North America regions are payable locally.  Fees for other overseas areas and UK are payable through the London office.   Fees payable through the London office should be paid by Direct Debit and a full schedule of fees for the year 2020 - 21 can be downloaded here.  A completed Direct Debit Mandate should be submitted at the time of application by those who have a UK bank account. For those members without the facility of a UK bank account, please contact the office in London to make alternative arrangements. Fees for those professionally engaged in aviation may be eligible to be offset against taxed income as the Company is a recognised Professional Body.



Membership Application

The Membership application form for applicants resident in UK or other overseas areas outside the established regions can be downloaded by clicking on the blue link.  A completed  Direct Debit form will also be required for UK applicants/applicants who have a UK bank account.  Please note, we need the original signed direct form to be sent by post to the office address, however, the application for membership form may be submitted by email.  Residents of Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and North America (USA and Canada), please refer to local arrangements in the 'Regions' section at the foot of this screen.

Potential applicants who have been previously members of the Company may submit an application using the re-admission form which does not require sponsoring signatures.  Application for re-admission to membership


More information about applying for membership can be found at this link


For your information - the two links below contain the Data Protection Policy and the Privacy Notice relating to storage and use of members details held on file following submission of the completed membership application form.

Data Protection Policy - GDPR

Privacy Notice - For Members