Become a member
As a member of The ACA you have access to aviation industry experts for advice and the latest industry information. You will receive updates to keep you up to date with regulatory, compliance and innovations. You will also become part of the largest global air charter network and be able to attend our unrivaled industry events.
- Membership is open to companies involved in the air charter industry and individuals who have retired from the industry.
- Your company must have actively traded for a minimum of 12 months.
- You must agree to comply and to uphold the Association Code of Practice.
The Application process is as simple as possible, get started today by completing the relevant application form below.
There are two types of membership available:
Corporate Members are Aircraft Brokers and Operators and related companies directly involved in the supply or support of aircraft and their operation, such as, airports, manufacturers, GSAs, FBOs, fuellers, flight planning, aircraft spares, caterers.
Associate Members are companies not directly involved in the support or operations of aircraft, such as banks, lawyers, media, financiers, insurers.
New for 2020/21 is a (free) membership for individuals formerly employed by a member company, who have been made redundant or placed on furlough due to Covid-19. (please use the individual application form below and not the company application form).
Making your application
Your application will be assessed according to the association rules. The assessment reviews; your application, statutory company information, website, online information and references, combined with current member feedback. The ACA board then evaluate your application and you will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible.
The entire application can take up to four weeks, to allow time to make the necessary checks with referees and existing membership.
The membership year runs from 01 April to 31 March and includes Social Membership to The Baltic Exchange (with the exception of Retired or Individual Members). Applicants joining for a partial membership year will be invoiced on a pro-rata basis. The full annual fee is paid in advance and due on 1st April each year. Membership of the ACA is rolling and will remain active until or unless cancelled by either party.
References: Before you start your application, please note you must provide two recent trade reference letters* who can declare that the applicant is known to them and in their opinion is professional in their business activities. These references must be from a senior member of staff, employed by a current ACA Corporate Member company.
Candidates who have not actively traded for more than two years (but a minimum of twelve months) must be supported by two current Full Members, alongside two additional independent trade references. In some circumstances, applicants may be asked to provide additional supporting documents.
* Applications can’t be processed with out references, please obtain reference letters BEFORE you submit your application.
A template for the references can be downloaded here.
The current membership fees are based on the total number of personnel (including Directors, as well as employees) and principal aviation activity. Rates from 2021.
1 – 10 employees £375 per year
11 – 25 employees £525 per year
26+ employees £655 per year
1 – 10 employees £595 per year
11 – 25 employees £795 per year
26+ employees £995 per year
£30 PER YEAR
Membership Application Form
The Air Charter Association Code of Practice
Member companies should ensure that their aviation related staff are fully aware of, and comply with, the contents and implications of the Air Charter Association Code of Practice.
(A) ALL MEMBERS WILL UNDERTAKE TO;
1. maintain the highest professional standards in their day-to-day business activities.
2. act fairly, reasonably, responsibly, honourably and ethically with each other and with their clients and colleagues, and not knowingly bring the Association into disrepute.
3. act within the legal and fiscal requirements of the states in which they conduct their business, and in accordance with international law and United Nations agreements.
4. not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexuality or disability.
5. handle complaints quickly and sympathetically, and correct errors promptly.
6. keep personal and sensitive business information confidential, and abide by the requirements of applicable data privacy and protection policies and legislation.
7. provide appropriate training for their staff wherever possible, and encourage employees to obtain relevant qualifications and maintain their professional skills.
8. when using a Broker to contract business on their behalf, pay the Broker an agreed commission. If a Member prefers to provide a price which does not include a commission then it will be assumed by the Broker that he has permission to establish his own price with a third party in lieu of such commission.
9. avoid quoting differing prices for what appears to be the same business, accepting that differences will occur if proposals are differently made.
(B) IN ADDITION, CHARTER BROKER MEMBERS WILL UNDERTAKE TO;
10. declare, when proposing a transaction, whether their role is to be as Principal or Broker.
11. declare early in any proposed transaction on behalf of which Principal they propose to act. This does not mean the Member has to identify the Principal at this stage, but the Member needs to establish that he/she will be acting as Broker on behalf of a Principal.
12. not exceed the authority given to them by their Principal and should act with due care and skill.
13. avoid conflicts of interest, to not make a secret profit and keep a full and proper account of any transaction.
14. avoid any misleading statements in advertising or publicity which suggest that the broker is an aircraft operator or owner when they are not so.
15. carry out due diligence, to their best endeavours, in order to establish that any operator they engage for a flight or flights is properly licensed, insured, documented and competent, and that the aircraft to be used is airworthy and properly maintained.
Please also refer to the Association Membership Rules