6 September 2021
+VIDEO The UK is launching an aviation alliance with four other English-speaking non-EASA countries – the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, told FLYER about the new National Aviation Association (NAA) at the weekend’s LAA Rally in an exclusive interview.
Mr Shapps said in answer to a question from FLYER’s Ian Seager about UK pilots flying on an FAA licence, “We’ve set up a National Aviation Association which is essential a ‘Five Eyes’* organisation. At the moment [that’s] America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
“Now that we’re out of EASA, alongwith those other non-EASA countries, we’re going to work on things that are of mutual benefit which might include licence recognition., technical standards and the like.
“The UK is chair of that [NAA] for its first couple of years.”
More details of the new NAA are expected this week when the DfT releases more information.
Watch the relevant excerpt from our interview here:
*Five Eyes (FVEY) is an alliance of five countries, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK sharing intelligence. Its origins date back to secret meetings held during WWII.