During a speech at Cranfield University today in support of the development of electric powered aircraft, the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, announced the appointment of Phil Dunnington as the Governments GA Advocate, with responsibility for representing GA and raising its profile.
The Secretary of State noted that GA is a sector that sparks imaginations, provides opportunity and incubates the aviation workforce of tomorrow. And in further comments describing how GA has a big role in helping to solve the challenges facing aviation in the round, he went on to underline the importance of protecting airfields.
Phil, who has flown light aircraft and balloons for many years, has a broad understanding of GA issues including through long term involvement within the GA Alliance as well as through national and international representation of recreational aviation.
We wish him well in his new role!