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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that Sir Stephen Hillier is the preferred candidate to replace Dame Deirdre Hutton as Chair of the UK Civil Aviation Authority on 1st August 2020.

Dame Deirdre said: “It has been a great privilege and an honour to chair the UK Civil Aviation Authority board for the past 11 years… It has been immensely rewarding and I am delighted that I pass the chair to someone who will undoubtedly successfully steer the organisation through the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

As well as more immediate matters (outlined in the link below), the Department of Transport said Hillier will “build on the government’s vision to innovate and modernise the aviation industry, making flying greener and more efficient, as well as driving cutting-edge technologies to ensure the UK maintains its position as a world leader in aviation.”

Sir Stephen will also “help to progress work aimed at inspiring the next generation of pilots and engineers into the industry,” and help to “ensure general aviation continues to be the grassroots driving force behind the entire aviation sector, with many of the UK’s top aviation specialists and pilots having experienced their first taste of aviation at their local airfield.”

For the link to the full Government Statement on this news, please click HERE.

Ian Sheppard

Ian Sheppard acts as Communications Adviser to GAAC including maintaining the website and issuing GAAC Alerts, and associated Social Media. Ian is based at Redhill Aerodrome. A graduate in Aeronautical Engineering, he has been an aviation journalist and editor for many publications, including editing AOPA UK's magazine, and editing international show dailies for AIN. He has legal qualifications and maintains a strong interest in law and regulation. Ian has a CPL with a FI Rating.
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