Members of the GAAN are selected based on their skills and expertise in the aviation industry, rather than their affiliation to a particular organisation. They come from a cross section of the diverse GA sector including training, manufacturing, maintenance, sport and recreation, rotorcraft and fixed wing aircraft, aerial application, remotely piloted aircraft systems and medical operations.
During May 2018, the GA Advisory Network finalised its General Aviation Flight Plan, the network’s 2018–19 work plan for the GA sector.
The plan has three priorities:
- Articulate a long-term strategic outlook for general aviation in Australia.
- Take into account stakeholder views on how air safety regulation can support general aviation through consistent and proportionally responsive administration.
- Enhance general aviation industry capability through better workforce planning and access to airspace and infrastructure.
At that time, the General Aviation Advisory Group, now named the General Aviation Advisory Network (GAAN), was first convened by the government. Its primary purpose is to provide advice to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport on matters affecting the General Aviation sector.
Andrew joins former AOPA Presidents Phillip Reiss and Marc de Stoop as a member of the GAAN.
AOPA Australia CEO Ben Morgan said, “I’m delighted to see Andrew join the GAAN, giving general aviation a more powerful voice to be heard. It’s great to see the pressures on general aviation being acknowledged, and AOPA’s advocacy having a positive effect.”