The International Civil Aviation Organization classifies general aviation as covering a range of operations that are not commercial air transport services. This includes aerial work (such as agriculture, photography, surveying, search and rescue), instructional flying and recreational flying.
General Aviation Advisory Network
The General Aviation Advisory Network (GAAN) was announced by the Australian Government in October 2016 to provide advice to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport on matters affecting the General Aviation (GA) sector.
The GA Advisory Network also operates as a forum where industry representatives can identify opportunities to work collaboratively to respond to pressures facing the GA sector.
The Network is comprised of members with a range of skills and expertise in the aviation industry. 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.
New Strategy for the Australian General Aviation Sector
On 18 November 2020, the GAAN finalised its New Strategy for the Australian General Aviation Sector (the Strategy), the network's forward work plan for the GA sector.
The Strategy outlines the goals of the GAAN, which include:
- Delivering increasing economic, environmental and social benefits to citizens of Australia;
- Achieving and maintain world standard levels of safety commensurate with sector risk;
- Achieving and maintain economic growth within the General Aviation sector;
- Building and develop resilience in the sector to ensure its future
- Being innovative and support innovation by others in technology, practices and operating models that support complementary strategic goals; and
- Working closely and collegiately with government, community and sector stakeholders to foster shared and collaborative safety regulation to support complementary strategic goals.