Membership of the The General Aviation Safety Council is open to all organisations that represent those who participate in any way in any branch of General Aviation.
The 301st Council Meeting will be held online on Thursday 28th March 2024 (TBC).
The Council meets three times a year, a fixed item on the agenda is always a Safety Information Exchange during which recent accidents and occurrences are reported and discussed amongst the members in order to try to decide on the action to be taken to reduce the possibility of a recurrence. The effect of proposed legislation, airspace changes and the like are also discussed. The philosophy underlying all these activities is that a real and lasting improvement in general aviation flight safety can only be brought about through education and understanding, i.e. "Safety Through Knowledge". Discussions take place under the Chatham House Rule. The full minutes of Council meetings are therefore not published but the key safety points arising can be found on the Safety Information Exchange page.
The Council's finances are from contributions by member organisations represented on the Council and from subscriptions and donations made by readers of Flight Safety. As the Council is a registered charity, it also benefits from Gift Aid forms signed by those making contributions out of taxed income.
The Council seeks to ensure that the needs of general aviation in respect of safety are fully considered in relation to the other aspects of the aviation community. The Council is represented at regular meetings of the General Aviation Partnership (GAP), the the National Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee (NATMAC), the airlines' UK Flight Safety Committee (UKFSC), the Electronic Conspicuity Working Group (ECWG), the Mid-Air Collision Challenge Group (MACCG) and the Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP). The Chief Executive represents GASCo on at meetings of EASA's General Aviation Collaborative Analysis Group and the European Safety Promotion Network - Rotorcraft.
The Council is able to represent the many diverse factions within General Aviation on safety matters when the Authorities consult on new legislation. The Council meets three times a year and elects a discrete board of management. Members of which fulfil dual roles as directors of the charitable company and trustees of the charity. A Board of management, members of which act as directors and trustees of the charitable company is appointed by the Council at an Annual General Meeting normally held in July. The Board oversees the administration of the financial income derived from member organisations contributions, from charitable donations and other sources. In addition to its quarterly publication, Flight Safety, safety seminars and webinars are organised and at major general aviation events competitions are run. GASCo has one employee, a full-time Office Manager based at Rochester City Airport in Kent. In addition, it contracts with a part-time Editor for the production of GASCo Flight Safety magazine and an aviation consultant who performs the duties of Chief Executive and Company Secretary.
Membership of the Council and representatives:
- Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Chris Royle
- Association of Licensed Aircraft Engineers TBA
- Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Rupert Dent
- British Aerobatic Association Steve Todd
- British Balloon & Airship Club Mike Gunston
- British Business & General Aviation Association Lindsey Oliver
- British Gliding Association Tony Gee
- British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association Bill Bell
- British Helicopter Association Tim Fauchon
- British Medical Pilots Association Ian Wilson
- British Microlight Aircraft Association Rob Hughes
- British Model Flying Association Keith Lomax
- British Parachute Association Kieran Brady
- British Rotorcraft Association Kai Barnett
- British Women Pilots Association Lesley Runnalls
- Civil Aviation Authority Rob Gratton & Michael MacDonald
- Flying Farmers Association Gerald Hackemer
- The Honourable Company of Air Pilots Steve Hayman
- Guild of Air Traffic Control Officers TBA
- Helicopter Club of Great Britain Elizabeth Walkinshaw/Mark Turney
- Historic Aircraft Association Tim Scorer
- Independent Flight Examiners & Instructors Association: David Heaven
- Light Aircraft Association Simon Tilling
- Meteorological Office Darren Hardy
- NATS Ltd Simon Davison
- PPL/IR Europe Timothy Nathan
- Royal Aeronautical Society Dr Tony Gee
- Royal Air Force Flight Safety Group Captain Andrew Keith
- RAF Sport Aircraft Gary Coleman/Carl Jenkins
- Royal Institute of Navigation Lesley Runnalls
- Royal Meteorological Society Philip Nicol-Gent/Bob Lunnon
- UK Flight Safety Committee Dai Whittingham
- Vintage Aircraft Club Trevor Jarvis
- Arthur J. Gallagher (UK) Limited Matthew Day
- Pooley's Flight Equipment Sebastian Pooley
- Sherburn Aero Club Paul Moss
- Yakovlevs (Airborne Services Limited) Jez Hopkinson
- John Thorpe
- Roger Dunn
- Gerald Hackemer
- Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards CBE AFC RAF (Retired)
Representatives from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch and the Confidential Human Factors Reporting Programme (CHIRP) also attend Council meetings as non-voting observers.