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- pilot licensing- aircraft 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.
EASA is the European Union Authority for aviation safety. The main activities of the organisation include the strategy and safety management, the certification of aviation products and the oversight of approved organisations and EU Member States. Established in 2002, EASA enjoys over 10 years in operation. The Agency staff is composed of more than 700 aviation experts and administrators from all EU Member States. The headquarters are in Cologne (Germany) with an office in Brussels and 3 international permanent representations in Washington (USA), Montreal (Canada) and Beijing (China).
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association- a not-for-profit organization dedicated to general aviation- was incorporated on May 15- 1939. From the start- AOPA has fought to keep general aviation fun- safe- and affordable. Growth in the early years was slow- but by mid-1995- membership in AOPA had reached about 335-000- just over half of all pilots with current medical certificates.