This page contains information for the operators and pilots of
general aviation aircraft who intend to travel to or from the
We use the term 'general aviation' to describe
international and Channel Islands traffic which travels to or from
the UK but does not
operate to a specific and published schedule.
An operator or pilot of a general
aviation aircraft is legally required to provide notification of
flights if they are making an international or Channel Islands
journey to or from the UK, unless they are travelling directly
from the UK to a
destination in the European Union.
Even if operators and pilots are not required
to provide notification of a flight, it is helpful if they do
provide this notification.
To provide notification of flights,
operators and pilots must complete a General Aviation Report (GAR)
Pilots should always file the GAR form electronically. This
arrives at the Police and Border Force instantly, with no need to
separately send the form to different destinations. It reduces the
need for the Border Force to re-key the information and removes the
risk of mistakes. A receipt number is all the pilot needs to prove
they have fulfilled their legal obligation.
Please note: If you have not got a
GARID/receipt then you have not submitted online
properly. Fax and Email GAR forms should only be sent
as a backup for when a pilot is unable to file electronically.
Pilots can submit GAR forms for free from
a commercial version which allows recalling of regularly used
information, and mobile apps, is available from http://www.onlinegar.com/.
The requirement to provide notification is
- Section 35 of the Customs & Excise
Management Act 1979
- Section 27 of Schedule 2 of the Immigration
- TACT 2000
What is Project Pegasus?
Pegasus, through the provision of a central phone number at Dorset
Police, provides a mechanism for the reporting of unusual activity
or behaviour within the aviation environment, believed or suspected
to be linked to acts of crime or preparatory acts of terrorism.
Project Pegasus provides for the
collation and assessment of all information and intelligence
relating to such suspicious activity or behaviour in circumstances
that could be linked to criminal or terrorist activity or acts of a
preparatory nature. It allows for the appropriate deployment of
assets and resources from Dorset Police and its partner agencies in
response to a potential or defined threat.
Project Pegasus' activities in the Aviation
- Targeting organised crime in the
- Deterring acts of terrorism
- Maintaining a community policing
- Providing the first response to acts of
terrorism and emergency incidents
- Collecting and analysing aviation
- Conducting investigations
So, whenever you see any activity or behaviour
that you feel is suspicious, call the central number
How can you help?
As a pilot owner - by being aware of your responsibilities and
complying with them and by being vigilant and notifying us of
Suspicious Airport Behaviour
Contact the police immediately if you find:
- Evidence of unauthorised activity at your airstrip e.g. fresh
- Packages being transferred from an aircraft to a vehicle in
unusual locations such as a remote part of an airfield.
- Activity or sightings of aircraft at night or unused
- Strangers trying to hire your aircraft - or those belonging to
other club members.
- Strangers using, or seeking permission to use, your
- Evidence of adaptation of aircraft for concealment
If you notice anything suspicious or
- Never involve yourself.
- Never touch any suspicious packages.
- Make a note of any registration numbers, markings or
If you have any information or concerns, regarding the above,
about your homeport or visiting port, please do not hesitate to
Tel: 01202 229303
Updated: 7 May 2014.