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Online GAR Systems

AOPA, continuing to work for you, member or not, has entered into an agreement with OnlineGAR to continue to offer a basic free service.

AOPA now offers this interface to the Official UKBF Online GAR system via the system operated by OnlineGAR, a trading name of OpenBorder Systems Ltd., free of charge to all Personal Users in a piston powered aircraft, and subject to the Terms and Conditions of OnlineGAR. GARs submitted through the online web application will be automatically distributed to Border Force and the Police as appropriate. This does not include Airfields/Clubs/ATC/Handling Agents, etc. 

A submitted GAR does NOT provide PPR to an aerodrome where that is separately required NOR does it replace a Flight Plan.

This FREE basic service , allows Personal Users in a piston powered aircraft to complete and submit a single GAR to the UK Border Force online system subject to the Terms and Conditions of OnlineGAR.

This service requires the use of Silverlight compatible browsers. Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge do not support Silverlight.

First time users will need to Register at OnlineGAR and agree to Terms and Conditions to use the service.You will get a Registration acknowledgement Email from To use this FREE service provided by AOPA UK do not click on the link in the Email from or you will be taken to the OnlineGAR subscription (paid) services page.You may need to log out from Online GAR if you have signed in. Exit from the AOPA website and then re-open this page and use the link above and sign in when asked. You should then get the AOPA GAR form, but may have to load and run Silverlight if prompted

While the service is FREE to use, whether you are a member of AOPA UK or not, it does cost to provide the service. If you appreciate the service please consider making a donation towards it :-

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 Introduction of an Emergency General Aviation Report (GAR) Telephone Line (0845 723 1110) from 1 March 2015.

If you need to submit or amend a GAR for Border Force purposes in an emergency situation, you may call the GAR Emergency Telephone Line on +44 (0) 845 723 1110.

The emergency telephone line may only be used for a flight that is:

An emergency may be described as:

You are required to complete a GAR prior to your departure.

This telephone line is strictly only for the purposes listed above. For all other GA enquiries please visit our online information: collections/general-aviation

Changes to Online GAR :

As of 16 April 2014, GAR's submitted via AOPA, the alternative GAR application downloaded to your PC/MAC or mobile applications have had to be re-routed to the Home Office server via is due to enhanced security requirements by the Home Office.

If you are using the mobile applications, these now operate through OnlineGAR and are no longer free to use.

Android and Apple apps are available for accessing the OnlineGAR subscription services at

If you are a SkyDemon subscriber you can now use the OnlineGAR service as part of your SkyDemon subscription.

GAR Requirements :

GAR Form Submission Instructions may be read and downloaded here.

AOPA has published a guide on Flying Abroad which makes useful reading.

To have a smooth trip, AOPA Advice remains that you submit a GAR for all overseas flights which require a GAR and within the notification periods, regardless of whether the point of departure is a designated airfield or not. In order to have a confirmation receipt as evidence of your GAR submission you should use the online gar system, making sure that you provide a valid email address that has been correctly typed. We have seen a number of receipt bounces because the email address has typographical errors. If you email your GAR to the NCU email address you will not get a receipt and your only evidence of submission will be your email to the NCU and a copy of the GAR that was attached. The NCU do not guarantee any timescales on their part to enter your GAR details into their distribution system and so your information may not be known to local Border Force or Special Branch (Police) units at the time of you departure or arrival. AOPA suggest that if you use the NCU system you submit your GAR in advance of the minimum notification periods if possible.

If you have submitted a GAR but, for reasons of safety or emergency, you need to change your plans at short notice and cannot re-submit within the GAR notification periods (shown below) AOPA recommend that you attempt to contact the BF, SB and/or Airfield as relevant and explain your situation. Contact information for BF and Police can be found in the GAR Form submission Instructions .

Upon submission, the submitter will receive a confirmation code (which will also go to your email address). The confirmation code is proof of submission and can be used to cancel the GAR, if deemed necessary.

Notification periods for the GAR :

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