GAAC Communications

Ian Sheppard (pictured below next to a Cirrus during Private Flyer at Booker) is honorary communications adviser to GAAC. 

Originally graduating in aeronautical engineering, Ian also passed the Graduate Diploma and Law (GDL) course and Legal Practice Course (LPC) in 2007 and takes a strong interest in legal and regulatory aspects of aviation. He is a CPL and flying instructor and former editor of AOPA UK magazine, and was on the Members Working Group of AOPA before deciding that the survival of airfields was the most pressing issue in General Aviation.

Ian also has a role in efforts to raise funds for GAAC, which needs to increase donations by more than £10,000 per year to continue its work assisting airfields (see our ‘Save Our Airfields’ campaign). GAAC has seen a considerable increase in such activity over recent years, and is engaged with dozens of airfields relating to various issues at any one time. 

GAAC is particularly interested in hearing from those who benefit from airfields and who therefore wish to support our work — for example, aircraft owners, pilots, and airfield owners themselves, along with potential sponsors. Please keep in mind we also work at national/Government level to help establish better legal protection for airfields in general, which benefits the whole of the UK General Aviation sector. Much of this work is carried out in cooperation with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Aviation, and GAAC actively participates in various APPG Working Groups including the Airfields WG.

To contact Ian, please e-mail communications (at) or fill in our Contact Form and please consider joining our e-mail list to receive GAAC Alerts (see Home page). Please also address any legal and planning queries to Ian or to our Vice Chair, John Gilder, by e-mailing planning [at]

Address for Correspondence: GAAC Communications, c/o Informa, Unit D3A, Fairoaks Airport, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8HU, UK.



Allie Dunnington represents the British Women Pilots' Association (BWPA) on the GAAC Board.
GAAC Vice Chair, John Gilder (R), and Chairman, Charles Henry (Centre), are often available at aviation events to answer queries relating to General Aviation in the UK, and Airfields in particular.
Ian Sheppard MRAeS
Representative of the general aviation press meet with the APPG for (General) Aviation when Grant Shapps was chair.
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