Future of UK Airfields

24 October 2017

No.4 Hamilton Place, London



The UK is home to a number of airfields and aerodromes dotted across the country, supporting a wide range of important General Aviation (GA) activities, including flight training, light aircraft manufacture and maintenance and business aviation. However, the number of airfields has been falling and more are under threat of closure, to be replaced by large housing developments in some cases, and with a number of market and policy conditions hindering the opening of new airfield sites.

In July, the UK Government published its draft Aviation Strategy – Beyond the Horizon: The Future of UK Aviationfor public consultation.  While already making commitments to reform public policy and regulation to support the sector in its 2015 General Aviation Strategy following the GA Red Tape Challenge in 2013/14, the Government are keen to better understand a number of issues affecting GA, including the reasons for the closure of some smaller airports, airfields and airstrips and the impacts this trend could have on GA and aviation sector more widely.  The Government also wish to understand whether it is possible to identify or create a strategic network or level of infrastructure to enable GA to continue its valuable role.

The Royal Aeronautical Society wants to help bring the sector together to help provide some answers to these questions posed by Ministers in the draft Strategy, as well inputting into the work of the new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on GA, recently set up to promote the GA sector in Parliament.  We are very fortunate in that the chair of the APPG on GA and keen pilot, Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP, has already agreed to speak at our conference.  The conference is expected to cover some of the following issues affecting the future of UK airfields and hopefully provide some practical solutions, including: planning policy and legislation, regulation, the role of local authorities, taxation and finance, access to airspace.

Registration for this event is £37.50 + VAT.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact conference@aerosociety.com

Speaker Details

A full conference programme is available below.

Rt Hon Grant Shapps, MP

Lord Callanan, Aviation Minister, Department for Transport

Lawrence Price FRAeS, Consultant, Royal Aeronautical Society

Charles Henry FRAeS, Chairman, GAAC

Steve Slater, CEO, Light Aircraft Association

Peter Stratten, CEO, British Gliding Association

Pauline Vahey, Director, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association UK

David Stanbridge MRAeS, Managing Director, Swift Aircraft


No.4 Hamilton Place, London

Royal Aeronautical Society Headquarters

No.4 Hamilton Place




Take advantage of preferential hotel rates offered to RAeS Delegates, make a reservation at the Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel or by visiting our dedicated HotelMap