General Aviation Report

Legislation: Do I need to submit a GAR form?

The Terrorism Act 2000 (as amended by the Crime and Security Act 2001) requires that all aircraft entering/leaving the mainland of Great Britain to or from Northern Ireland, Eire, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands (Common Travel Area [CTA]) must call at a designated port.

The exception to this rule is if the pilot gives at least 12 hours notice in writing to the police force, in whose area he is landing or departing from, of his intention to use a non-designated port.

This enables various security checks to be completed and allows the police such time if appropriate to examine the aircraft and crew. The obligation to give notice is imposed upon the 'captain' of the aircraft and it is an offence to fly without such notice being given.

It is an offence under the Act to fail to comply with this requirement.

Please check with your local police force.

Useful Links on how to fill out and submit a GAR form:

Can I Fax my GAR form to the AFPEx Helpdesk for submission?

No, the helpdesk will not submit GAR forms on behalf of the GA Community.