Craig Fuller, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the International AOPA, which represents 470,000 pilots in 68 countries, said: "It is much more effective to speak with one common voice on the issues that are affecting our industry, including airspace and airport access, aircraft manufacturing costs, the enviroment and security."
Europe is home to a plethora of national and local associations representing diverse sectors of the GA community.
"Each of these groups plays an important role but we would like see the industry join together to fight against the issues that impact all sectors of the community," Fuller said.
He added that collaboration among aviation groups in the USA has been effective in helping to present a united front against user fees, causing the notion to be withdrawn from consideration for at least two years. "Co-operation by the same user groups helped foster a GA caucus in the US Senate and another in the House of Representatives," Fuller said.