The BBGA is one of the UK’s most influential voices for Business and General Aviation, and they’re looking for new members.

The flow chart below demonstrates the relationships that the BBGA has across National, European and International forums. It indicates how the instructions of its members, are reflected into various organisations, or government agencies to help impact change, wherever it’s needed.  

The starting point for this process is to make use of the workgroups, which are industry led bodies focused on dealing with issues that impact your part of the industry.

  • Airworthiness – Is the body which covers all engineering, maintenance, manufacturing, training and component distribution activities. This includes the continued airworthiness activities, which are still managed by those people with a background in engineering and maintenance.
  • Operations – Covers flight operations and much of the ground operations activities, which combine to deliver services to our clients in commercial General Aviation, across a wide spectrum of products.
  • Fixed Base Operations –This workgroup is a much focused activity which has come to the fore in the last three to four years, primarily due to the issues we are facing with security and taxation. Given that FBO’s are the shop window for our end users and the increasing pressure on the business aviation airfield network this group will continue for the foreseeable future.
  • Membership Group – This activity is focused on the value and benefit offered to our members. The output of this group ranges from event delivery, ensuring our sector messaging is appropriate and the basic marketing of our activities.
  • Professional Flight Training – This group has been established to represent ATO’s that deliver professional flight training both nationally and in Europe. The activities of this workgroup have developed such that it represents not only business aviation but extends that reach to be the prime focal point for training requirements that support all professional flight training. The group in its European form represents airlines and OEM’s with EASA.

The output of these workgroups is strategically controlled through your BBGA council and the secretariat ensures that the requisite actions are delivered through the most appropriate channel.

General and Business Aviation Strategic Forum

This industry group is formed of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the General Aviation Alliance, CAA CEO, DfT and the BBGA. The BBGA are in the fortunate position of being the group which represents all of the UK’s GA activity and provides strategic direction for our sector.  All the other associations have access through one of the three trade bodies listed. This gives them great access to the key decision makers in the UK and allows them to directly represent your position where it matters.

Other Association Links

The BBGA have a formal link with EBAA through an agreement which gives UK members a single point of access, whilst accessing the benefits of both BBGA & EBAA membership. Joint working groups and a national association forum generate significant benefit for all their members.

As highlighted in the previous section, the BBGA have a close working relationship with AOPA and the GAA to act collaboratively as the strategic voice for GA in the UK. They also have a strong link with the European Independent Maintenance Group, which represents independent MRO’s and have a clear link with Airlines of UK so that they can speak with one voice on Airworthiness matters in the UK.

The last piece of the jigsaw is the General Aviation Awareness Council. This group has a particular focus on managing the status of their network of airfields throughout the UK. Given the status of the UK (in terms of the density and utilisation of our airspace,) it is vital that they ensure that the BBGA have the infrastructure to support their business into the future.

ECOGAS (European Council of General Aviation Support)

This group is one of their best kept secrets and provides the BBGA with a formal vehicle to work with EASA. One has to have a pan European association to gain access to EASA and BBGA on its own cannot gain access. However, ECOGAS is much more than that as it is comprised of the major European associations. It focuses on the airworthiness and training aspects which EBAA does not, so between them they have a broad base with which they can address issues to EASA.  ECOGAS actually has some 700 members through its associations and as such this gives them a great voice to represent SME’s with both the Commission and EASA, in a European context. ECOGAS has formal seats on all the EASA advisory boards.

IBAC (International Business Aviation Council)

The BBGA as a founder member of this group has a forum to work with all the major international associations across the world so that they can help shape the future direction of our sector. IBAC is based in Canada in the same offices as ICAO, which puts the BBGA in an ideal position to directly influence the long term legislation which drives their part of aviation.

The other major activity with IBAC is the development of industry standards with ISBAO and ISBAH. This is a great example of industry leading the way on things that matter and by driving the standards ourselves helps minimise the need for regulators to impose regulations.


Why join the BBGA?

The BBGA has a strong, positive and active relationship with the UK Government, UK CAA, EASA, Brussels and other trade associations. Therefore we are able to consult with them on the following industry topics:-

  •  Aviation Fuel Duty
  •  UK Border Force Charges
  •  Airport Passenger Duty
  •  Ground Operations Standards,
  •  UK Government funding for general aviation apprenticeships
  •  CAA General Aviation Division, Flight Time Limitations
  •  VAT
  •  EASA Pilot Training
  •  Illegal Charter Operations
  •  Technical Standards Harmonisation Across Europe
  •  Safety Management Systems

The benefits of being a member include:

  • Access to the global resources outside UK of IBAC, NBAA, ECOGAS, SSCC, EBAA, AOPA, BHA – in all of which BBGA is a strong and active partner standing up for the industry and UK interests in particular on the world stage.
  • A well-funded and truly active trade association based in UK, focussed on issues important to UK industry and business is the pragmatic way of getting the best possible results for UK businesses.  UK interests are more immediately served from London than from Brussels.

The BBGA have a strong relationship with the  EBAA and share resources to tackle many of the important issues that affect our industry. By being involved in your national trade association, you will benefit as:

  • The BBGA represents the interest of member companies at local, national, European and international levels.
  • The BBGA supports and promotes the growth and wellbeing of a profitable Business and General Aviation industry.
  • The BBGA ensures that Business and General Aviation’s importance is fully understood and appreciated by the public, local and central government.

As part of your package, you will receive:

  • 6 months free advert on the BBGA Website. We normally offer this in the industry directory but we have just gone to print so would offer this instead.
  • Company profile listing in the directory and also on the web version.
  • Company listing on our ‘Members Links’ page, which includes a hyperlink to your website.
  • Opportunity to promote your company on the BBGA weekly news feed.
  • Access to our members area.
  • Access to our various workgroups to engage with other members on industry issues.
  • Access to the ‘Members Newsletter,’ which enables you to promote your products and services to other members.
  • Access to BBGA networking events, such as our annual conference and our Christmas networking event.
  • Membership to EBAA and access to the draw for a stand at EBACE.


To join the BBGA, simply click here to complete the application form.

To find out more about the work of the BBGA, click here.

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