Cllr Woodward honoured by AOPA
Cllr Seán Woodward was presented with the Friend of AOPA Award by AOPA Chairman Mr George Done at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on Saturday 14th September.
|Cllr Woodward was presented with the Friend of AOPA Award by AOPA Chairman Mr George Done at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on Saturday 14th September.|
Award Winner: Councillor Seán Woodward.
Seán Woodward is Executive Leader Councillor of Fareham Borough Council. He has been hugely supportive of the efforts over the past 6 years of the Lee Flying Association in making Daedalus Aerodrome available for UK and European aviation business and amenity use. Councillor Woodward took up the case in the political arena and provided invaluable advocacy on behalf of the aviation businesses, organisations, users and community groups dependent on access to the aerodrome and this award recognises his invaluable contribution to an aviation and aerospace future for Daedalus Aerodrome and Enterprise Zone.
Friend of AOPA Award.
Awarded to a person or persons who has or have made a special contribution towards the work of the UK Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
Throughout the last five years Council Executive Leader Councillor Seán Woodward has provided invaluable advocacy on behalf of the aviation businesses, organisations, users and community groups that are critically dependent on access to Lee-On-Solent/Daedalus Aerodrome which sits within the Borough of Fareham.
This has included taking up their case with Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Police Authority leaders, working with local MP's and airfield land-owners. Councillor Woodward stood alone amongst Police Authority colleagues in recognising and challenging the unnecessary and damaging closure decision made regarding the airfield which the authority had leased on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary.
Despite being a lone voice, initially perceived by some colleagues as being disloyal to the Authority, over the following year it became apparent to all that a better solution created by the LFA and approved by the CAA and MOD should be supported. In public session In June 2008 the Authority members stated their pleasure that the closure of the airfield to users had been averted. Councillor Woodward subsequently advocated to the Authority Chairwoman the return to the airfield of community users, specifically the Lee-Bees local aero-model club and The Tigers Children's Motorcycle Formation Display Team.
Cllr Woodward has also been the prime-mover in establishing the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and Enterprise Zone status to promote the generation of UK Aviation and Marine sector activities at Daedalus/Lee-On-Solent aerodrome. These two strategic initiatives provide the strategic context in which the economic future of the airfield can be founded and flourish.
The aviation, aerospace, marine sectors and local community users of Daedalus airfield, and those of the future, have and will continue to benefit from Cllr Woodward's work, which it is a pleasure to see recognised by AOPA UK.
About AOPA UK
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association UK is part of the largest association of pilots in the world, with over 430,000 members in over 66 countries. AOPA UK is a not-for-profit organisation which exists to serve the interests of its members as aircraft owners and pilots, promoting the economy, safety, utility, and popularity of General Aviation (i.e. civil aviation excluding Airlines).
AOPA UK provides the vital voice that speaks for the interests of UK pilots, for issues including and not limited to airspace access, aerodrome access, threats of aerodrome closure, pilot licensing, aircraft regulation, and flying costs. It speaks not only to the UK authorities but to Europe and the rest of the world through IAOPA's seat at ICAO, the United Nations body that oversees civil aviation throughout the globe.