CHIRP was established in its present form, as a registered charitable company, limited by guarantee, on 1 November 1996. As such, The CHIRP Charitable Trust is subject to UK Corporate Law and also the additional requirements of the Charity Commissioners. This corporate structure was selected from several options as it provided the following:

An independent organisational structure, with defined management responsibilities and accountabilities.
A legal limitation on the liabilities of members. Formal fiscal and management audit processes. Regulatory oversight by Companies House and the Charity Commissioners.

As a registered charity, the Trust is exempt from Corporation Tax and is not VAT registered.

The Aviation Programmes are sponsored by a grant of funding from the Civil Aviation Authority (Safety Airspace Regulation Group), which in turn is funded by the UK civil aviation industry.


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