Aviation Organisations

For many years GATCO has provided representatives to serve on other aviation organisation’s committees. It is through these channels that GATCO exerts influence and provides help and advice to the wider aviation community. Further information can be obtained by emailing info (at) gatco (dot) org. The current list of organisation committees with GATCO representation are:


Airspace Infringement Working Group (AIWG), CAA

All the issues relating to airspace infringement in UK airspace are addressed through this Civil Aviation Authority Working Group.

The Honourable Company of Air Pilots

Air Pilots Technical Committee, The Honourable Company of Air Pilots

The Air Pilots Technical Committee is the focal point for all aviation technical matters within the The Honourable Company of Air Pilots. This Guild sponsors and encourages action and activities designed to ensure that aircraft are piloted and navigated safely by both pilots and navigators.


Air Traffic Services Group (ATS), BALPA

The British Airline Pilots Association’s (BALPAS’) ATS group provides detailed comment on Air Traffic Managemet (ATM), ATC and issues emanating from the UK, European and International regulators, Government and ICAO.


All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA)

The APPG-GA promotes the objective, as set out by the British Government, of making the UK the best country in the world for GA. It aims to protect and enhance the UK network of GA airfields, creating high-tech jobs and growth.


Association of UK Flight Information Service Officers (AUKFISO)

The AUKFISO unites all the Flight Information Service (FIS) units throughout the UK. They deal with the various aspects of the FIS service and work with the CAA on enhancing and developing the service members units provide.


Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP)

The main aim of CHIRP is to contribute to the enhancement of aviation safety in the UK by providing a totally independent and confidential reporting system for all individuals employed in or associated with the aviation industry.


Flight Operations Group (FOG), RAeS

The FOG of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) represents the views and interests of those involved in all aspects of flight operations with a particular focus on commercial transport. The group includes commercial, private and glider pilots, flight engineers, air traffic controllers, cabin crew and managers.


Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Specialist Group, RAeS

The UAS Specialist Group of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) aims to act as focus for all RAeS’ activities on UAS and promotes the safe and effective development, production and operation of UAS for defence, security and commercial purposes.


Future Airspace Strategy Industry Information Group (FASIIG)

FASIIG, a subgroup of the Future Airspace Strategy (FAS) coordinates the activities required across the aviation sector to develop an efficient UK airspace that has the capacity to meet change in demand for UK airspace, while at the same time balancing the needs of all stakeholders, maintaining the levels of safey and reducing the environmental impact of the aviation sector.


General Aviation Safety Council (GASCo)

GASCo is a charity that works to improve flight safety in all forms of general aviation. It is funded by the contributions of member organisations, pilots, aviation authorities and the public.


National Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee (NATMAC), CAA

The CAA’s Director of Airspace Policy (DAP) carries out consultations on aviation legislation changes. To get a wide variety of views the NATMAC provides a panel of representatives from all aspects of aviation who advise DAP on all airspace requirements.


Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Group (RPAS), BALPA

The British Airline Pilots Association’s (BALPAS’) RPAS group continually reviews technology, supports research, assesses potential risks, and works with regulators on new legislation in the RPAS domain to make commercial aviation as safe as possible.


UK Airprox Board

The UK Airprox Board’s primary objective is to enhance air safety in the UK, in particular in respect of lessons to be learned and applied from Airprox occurrences reported within UK airspace. UKAB is sponsored jointly, and funded equally, by the CAA and the Military Aviation Authority (MAA). Members are nominated by civil/military organisations, sitting as experts and not representing any group or organisation.


UK Flight Safety Committee (UKFSC)

The UKFSC is a fully representative group of aviation safety professionals committed to further the cause of flight safety. Their meetings are attended by airlines, regulators, experts from most disciplines within the industry and unions to discuss accidents, incidents and safety issues within the aviation industry.