Dear AFOA Members,

The Committee hope that you are all as well as can be expected during these tough times for the Aviation industry, we hope you are at least beginning to see some shape to the recovery process.

As with nearly every aspect of our lives at present the AFOA plans for 2020 have somewhat changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, now that the ‘New or Temporary Normal’ is opening routes to achieve the type of AFOA business we’re more used to, we are keen to explore options. The Association is conscious that our area of the industry is being hit extremely hard & budgets are tight. However, we are keen to return to getting our members engaging again, sharing experience and information, especially around the subject of COVID impact.

The UK Government has just released the following guidance;

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/the-visitor-economy

Utilising this guidance we believe we now have the framework to begin smaller scale events utilising a Risk Assessed approach incorporating social distancing & wider mitigations where possible.

AFOA AGM and visit to Venari COVID-19 Document

On the 6th Oct, AFOA plans to deliver a one day event incorporating our AGM, & speakers giving updates from the CAA & AOA.

In the afternoon the event will be handed over to Oliver North & the Team at Venari who were due to be the 2021 conference main sponsors. Venari will be launching the Z-Class MFT’s at their Headquarters in West Yorkshire.

The event will involve an overnight hotel stay on the 6th October & will be funded jointly by AFOA & Venari. You will only need to support your travel arrangements. To enable us to keep the event to below the thirty in number, the focus audience will initially be aimed at RFFS leadership, and then only one per Airport. The shared learning is primarily to benefit Airport Fire Services strategic leadership at a point of extreme challenge. As the booking picture clears we may be in a position to open up more slots. The main presentations will be filmed and displayed on the AFOA Website following the AGM.

Booking is via Catherine O’Brien; scobrien1@virginmedia.com

The committee recognises that a number of supply chain members will also be keen to begin interacting with the industry, It is hoped that we can develop on this event, running a series of similar ones as we progress through the COVID-19 rule changes, with the possibility of developing responsibly to a more normal size events in the future.

The safety of all remains our primary concern & responsibility! Changes to the guidance, law and local Lockdowns may drive last minute changes.

Simon Petts.

2020 AGM  Programme of Events

AGM COVID-19 Pandemic & VENARI Z-Class Launch