Jersey Aero Club members and the committee have overwhelmingly given their support to develop a proposal to restructure the club.
Since the decision was made at a members’ meeting on 22 June, a team has been working on plans for various aspects of a future club including General Aviation handling, hangarage and training, as well as the social side of the club.
Claire Lilley, spokesperson for the Aero Club, commented: “Members have shown their passion for the club. We have a lot of expertise within the membership and people have pledged to work together on how the club can open its doors again.”
Alan Roberts of Grant Thornton, who is managing the liquidation of the insolvent subsidiary company (a separate entity from the main Aero Club), has been advising the group on achieving a sustainable future. He commented: “The heart of any club is its members, coming together around a common interest. However, any future club must be financially sound and well run. I’m delighted to be working with a dedicated Aero Club transition team and committee to explore how that can be achieved.”
The team is developing a business plan which it hopes to put to members and key partners, like Ports of Jersey, in August.
Claire Lilley continued: “Although there is a lot of work to do in the next few weeks, we’re staying positive about the club’s future as the island’s hub for general aviation and for the benefit of pilots, members, future pilots and all flying enthusiasts in Jersey.”