The CAA is looking for a bigger venue for this March’s joint CAA/Government GA strategy presentation. At the Historic Aircraft Association Stakeholders’ Conference held at Duxford on 18 February, CAA Head of GA, Tony Rapson, said extra capacity was necessary to cope with the demand for places at the event.

The CAA had already moved the presentation from the 200-seat Marshall Auditorium at IWM Duxford to another 350-seat venue at the Cambridgeshire airfield in response to the demand.

“Now we have 385 people booked,” said Rapson. “However, those yet to apply for a place need not worry – we want to be able to accommodate everybody who wishes to attend and are looking to provide up to 500 seats.”

The key speakers at the event will include Cabinet Minister and private pilot Grant Shapps MP; the EASA Executive Director, Patrick Ky; and CAA Chief Executive Andrew Haines.

Specialists from NATS will also be there, offering advice on a range of GA airspace safety issues and ATC in general. In addition, the event will provide an update on the Future Airspace Strategy VFR Implementation Programme and the latest work underway at EASA as well as in UK GA programmes.

The event will take place from 10.30am to 3.00pm. Those wishing to attend should email including the number of people in your party and if you intend to fly in. Confirmation of successful registration and further information on the event will be provided nearer the date.

There will be free access to the Imperial War Museum during the day and reduced landing fees are available for those flying in.

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