The following mission statement is an articulation of RA-Aus board members' and managers' views defining, to everyone within and without RA-Aus, the collective intent of RA-Aus — what we are and what we are trying to achieve, or what is our purpose in being. In doing so it also sets the boundaries of that intention and makes those boundaries visible to all and, hopefully, encourages all RA-Aus members to focus their efforts on the defined objectives. We use the initial capitalised term 'Recreational Aviation' when referring to that part of Australian sport and recreational aviation which is administered by RA-Aus.
To foster, encourage and develop safe Recreational Aviation in Australia with minimum bureaucracy* and minimum cost.
*Note: 'bureaucracy' implying excessive and/or unimaginative official routines, not routines required
to collect data that provide information for a valid purpose, such as safety improvement.
• To be recognised as a leader in the development, promotion and administration of sport and recreational aviation in Australia.
• In an alliance — both strategic and operational — with other aviation associations where resources, experience, technologies and skills are shared, with each organisation's development potential being protected and enhanced, so that Australian aviation is revived and encouraged and its future assured.
These core values are those beliefs which RA-Aus members would generally hold in common, and dear to our hearts.
• Regulation specific to recreational aircraft must continue to exist which shall allow RA-Aus members to design and/or build and fly their own aircraft at their own risk and without undue supervision of the design/build process, but within the limits of regulatory categories. Such a concept nurtures knowledge, innovation and enterprise — all qualities which are important in Australia's future.
• Any appropriately qualified person should, with due care in observance of the flight rules, be able to fly recreational aircraft with minimum regulation.
• Recreational flying shall be affordable and accessible to the maximum number of Australians.
• The continued development of self-administration of our own affairs.
1. To foster, encourage and continually improve the safe and responsible flight activities of powered sport and recreational aircraft within an easily-accessible and low-cost environment.
2. To revive, encourage and promote interest in Australian Recreational Aviation by encouraging participation in recreational flying.
3. To foster, encourage and continually improve the amateur aircraft construction in Australia of single-place and two-place recreational aircraft for educational, recreational and research purposes while promoting and maintaining a regulatory framework in which to do so.
4. To foster and maintain the concept of safe owner maintenance of single-place and two-place powered recreational aircraft.
5. To foster and encourage the formation and growth of Recreational Aviation clubs to provide the social impetus for the development of recreational aviation pilots and the nurture and care of inexperienced pilots.
6. To maintain self administration of recreational aviation operations with the complete confidence of the Australian public as the delegated administrative authority for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
7. To act as an information resource for counsel to organisations or individuals whose decisions may affect recreational aviation activities and our rights.