General Aviation pilots (GA) using London Southend can now make cashless payments from their own cockpit thanks to a new smartphone app.  

Pilots can use the app, aerops, to pay for all GA activity at the airport – including touch-and-go’s, circuit training, landing fees, fuel bills and more – without leaving their aircraft.   

London Southend management account Julia Archibald said: “[Pilots] don’t have to come in to pay, they will now pay from a smartphone or tablet at their own convenience – either by using the aerops app or a QR code without extra registration. They no longer need to visit or phone our Jet Centre to make payment and can instead save time by paying online.” 

Pilots enter their aircraft registration and movements, then aerops automatically calculates the appropriate charge, before prompting them to make a contactless payment online.   

Julie Archibald said: “We’re able to recognise where we don’t do as well for our GA customers and what we need to improve upon – this was one of those areas.” 

Private charter flights must still pay by contacting London Southend Jet Centre. 

Image: London Southend Airport