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Scholarship Winners 2021

Nov 1, 2021

Congratulations to all our Scholarship Winners in 2021 PPL Scholarship Winners 2021 Charlie Gazzard - Cadogan Scholarship Max Ellison - Air BP Sterling Scholarship Tyler Audu McGregor - Donaldson Scholarship Chris Barrott - Grayburn Scholarship Omar Mshihadani - Air Pilots Visits Team Scholarship David Hart - Wigley (Balpa Benevolent Fund) Scholarship Luke McConnell (Balpa Benevolent Fund - Lane-Burslem Scholarship Anne Soltow - Bob Dawson (Balpa Benevolent Fund) Scholarship and...

Trophies and Awards 2021

Sep 7, 2021

Ejection seat pioneer Martin-Baker among those recognised for excellence as the Honourable Company of Air Pilots celebrates the best of civil and military aviation with 2021 awards Martin-Baker, the British family-run business which achieved global dominance with its famous aircraft ejection seat, has been recognised for eight decades of pioneering service to aviation safety. The company, whose products have to date saved more than 7,500 lives, is among the recipients of the annual...

Refocusing the UK Airspace Modernisation Strategy

Mar 23, 2021

FiSO BALPA GA Alliance GATCO Air Pilots Refocusing the UK Airspace Modernisation Strategy The departure from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the reduction in flight movements due to the pandemic present the UK with a once in a lifetime opportunity to fully address the outdated UK airspace, its regulation, procedures and supporting technology. The Department for Transport (DfT) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) developed a shared objective for modernising...

The UK Airspace of the Future

Feb 17, 2021

FiSO BALPA GA Alliance GATCO Air Pilots Joint Position Statement The departure from EASA, as part of Brexit, and the reduction in flight movements due to the pandemic present the UK with a once in a lifetime unique opportunity to totally redesign outdated UK airspace, its regulation and procedures and the technology that supports it. While the UK’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy is a welcome step in the right direction, it continues the piecemeal approach of airspace...

An Open Letter from the Master Air Pilot

Jun 8, 2020

Dear Sir The welfare of pilots is vital to the aviation sector, and yet we have seen little to ensure their wellbeing. The future of UK airports and airlines is in jeopardy, but instead of the support that is vital, there are forced redundancies and degraded terms of employment. Described in Parliament as immoral, opportunistic, greedy and bullying, they seriously demoralise a skilled workforce on which the whole sector depends. Pilots operate complex integrated systems in today’s...

Master Air Pilot's letter to the Secretary of State

May 28, 2020

Dear Secretary of State With UK aviation at a tipping point there is real concern the UK will not have a sustainable aviation sector unless the Government provides the same consideration and priority given to other business sectors. Airlines will face a major financial challenge when flying re-commences with low passenger confidence. Our economy relies on a thriving aviation industry, which is led by demand for passenger and cargo connectivity. Subsidised overseas competitors are poised to...