Airspace4All Trust Established with Grant Funding from DfT

Airspace4All Trust Established with Grant Funding from DfT

The Airspace4All Trust (A4A-T) has been established as a charitable trust with the objective of improving public safety through improvements to the safety of UK aviation, including by the efficient and equitable use of airspace for General Aviation users.

The Trust will represent the interests of UK recreational aviation, air sports, private pilots and flight training, primarily but not exclusively into the UK’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS) and individual Airspace Change Proposals (ACPs).

A4A-T’s aims are to:

• ·  Improve the safety and efficiency of aviation for participants by improving procedures, facilities, equipment and regulatory policies

• ·  Promote equitable access to airspace throughout UK FIR4 into the AMS and where appropriate individual ACPs

• ·  Reduce environmental impact by promoting the reduction of noise emissions and visual intrusion by all types of aircraft

Commenting on the award of Grant Funding, Chairman of Trustees, Sir John Allison said “The establishment of the Trust and the award of initial grant funding will enable the Trust to provide a strong and co-ordinated voice on behalf of the sector, enhancing safety, enabling collective representation as the UK’s programme for airspace modernisation moves forward and furthering the government’s stated ambition for the UK to be seen as the best place for aviation. To further its aims the Trust is open to any project proposals from any source that fulfils its charitable objectives”

Responding to the announcement of the establishment of the Trust, Minister of Aviation, Robert Courts said; “Safety is at the heart of everything we do, and I am proud to support this new trust, improving safety for general aviation pilots. It will act as an important voice for the sector, particularly on matters of airspace policy and development, and comes as we build back greener and stronger from the pandemic."

A4A-T is developing a programme of work to fulfil its aims for the benefit of the sector. A4A-T will do this by commissioning studies and reports undertaken on its behalf by expert service providers, making representations to AMS and other policy development and establishing a specialist group to respond to ACPs. The trust will actively engage with stakeholder organisations to enable it to agree priorities, develop the programme of work, maintain a regular dialogue and provide reports on progress and outcomes.