The AOPA Strasser Scheme emergency diversion scheme and UK Distress and Diversion Service
AOPA "Strasser Scheme" for Emergency Diversions
|In 1997 the CAA published CAP 667, Review of General Aviation Fatal Accidents 1985-1994
CAP 667 included the following:-
"There were a number of fatal accidents where a timely diversion or precautionary landing could have avoided an accident. In the UK there is a ‘culture’ of pressing on and hoping for the best rather than accepting the inconvenience and cost of a diversion. This ‘culture’ needs to be changed, firstly by educating pilots and secondly by persuading aerodrome owners that there should be no charge for emergency landings or diversions. It is recommended that all aerodrome owners be persuaded to adopt a policy that there should be no charges for emergency landings or diversions by general aviation aircraft.”
Since then Charles Strasser on behalf of AOPA UK has campaigned to persuade aerodrome operators to accept that recommendation, to the benefit of all pilots, not just AOPA members.