After the inevitable turbulence caused by Covid and the various lockdowns, the Light Aircraft Association will start 2022, with membership numbers and the number of aircraft on LAA-overseen Permits to Fly back at 2019, pre-Covid, levels.
The number of aircraft with active LAA Permits, a barometer of aviation activity, was 2,831at the end of 2021, marking a recovery from a fall from 2,785 in 2019 to 2,729 in 2020. This number includes 81 aircraft which gained their first permit in 2021, up from 67 in the previous year.
LAA membership levels, which dipped to a low of 7,683 during the lockdown period at the start of 2021, recovered to a ‘spot’ total of 7,837 at the end of the year, again reverting to 2019,pre-Covid, levels. While the early year dip can be attributed to some older members electing to ‘hang up their headsets’ the recent increase was driven by record recruitment, with more than 650 new members joining the Association in 2021, compared with 500 recruits in 2020.