BBGA achieves its aims through the following policies.
Firstly it promotes, provides for and fosters co-operation between its members and other organisations on matters of common concern.
Secondly it acts as a mouthpiece to express the general policy and views of the General Aviation industry.
Thirdly it provides advice and information to members on matters of common interest.
Fourthly it enters into discussions and campaigns with government and other authorities to obtain rights, privileges and concessions for the GA Industry.
Finally it helps apply for and protect such licenses and approvals required by the industry.
BBGA believes that the Government must recognise the benefits and the importance of a flourishing General Aviation industry. It is vital that all government agencies fully understand the benefit provided by Business Aviation and with a contribution of £2bn to GDP per annum, this is no small sector to be taken for granted. The Government can achieve this by consulting with the BBGA as a key association representing Business Aviation in the UK, before making any changes to policy.
Civil Aviation Authority Policy
BBGA believes that the Civil Aviation Authority, whilst having a statutory duty to look after the interests of the travelling public and the public at large by ensuring that high standards are maintained, must accept the importance of supporting the growth of a well managed and profitable British General Aviation industry. This, in turn, means that the imposition of regulations, inspection requirements and documentation must be kept at a level consistent with ensuring that adequate safety standards are maintained but without excessive and costly non-productive legislation. Furthermore, the cost of regulation must be affordable; the United Kingdom is unique in that its regulatory authority, the CAA, is required to recover 100% of its costs from industry.
European Harmonisation of Civil Aviation Legislation
BBGA is active in monitoring and participating in the development of Joint Airworthiness Requirements (JARs) and contributes to a number of JAR Committees through its representation on European bodies such as the European Business Aircraft Association (EBAA) and European Council of General Aviation Support (ECOGAS) and it takes a leading role within these organisations.
This leading role is of increasing importance with the development of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Through ECOGAS, BBGA sits on the Advisory Board of EASA ensuring General Aviation has a voice at the very heart of future rulemaking.
General Aviation Awareness Council
BBGA supports the General Aviation Awareness Council which is a body formed from the majority of organisations representing General Aviation, both trade and leisure. The Council aims to make the public aware of the benefits of General Aviation and campaigns to prevent the reduction of General Aviation airfields.
General Aviation Safety Council
BBGA supports the General Aviation Safety Council, the body which promotes sound flight safety principles throughout the General Aviation Community.
BBGA is conscious of the impact of aviation on the environment. BBGA supports the GAAC’s Code of Conduct for General Aviation pilots. BBGA member companies are environmentally aware.