The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association UK is part of the largest association of pilots in the world, with over 400,000 members in over 50 countries. AOPA UK is a not-for-profit organisation which exists to serve the interests of its members as aircraft owners and pilots, promoting the economy, safety, utility, and popularity of flight in general aviation aircraft. They cater for all pilots and owners of any kind of general aviation aircraft, including fixed-wing singles and twin piston and turbine, airships, sea planes, helicopters, microlights, gliders, and balloons. They campaign for better regulation within the UK and Europe rather than the specialist needs of particular sections of aviation. They complement the work of representative organisations dealing with particular interests, such as gliding, homebuilts, vintage, warbirds, microlights, instrument rated pilots, business flying, instruction and the plethora of other methods of getting into the air.
AOPA UK provides the vital voice that speaks for the interests of UK pilots, for issues including and not limited to airspace access, aerodrome access, threats of aerodrome closure, over regulation, and flying costs. It speaks not only to the UK authorities but to Europe and the rest of the world through IAOPA’s seat at ICAO, the United Nations body that oversees civil aviation throughout the globe.
They provide advice and support to our members when they are threatened with prosecution for alleged violations of aviation legislation.
AOPA UK provides incentives for further flight training and pilot development beyond ordinary licence standards, by means of the Wings Scheme, Mentoring Scheme, and other courses such as the Aerobatics, Radio Navigation, Ground Instructor, and Flying Companion certificates, as well as Seminars for instructors.