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Thursday, 9 Apr 2020

Government guidance on recreational GA flying: The key points

Taking a similar tone to the LAA statement issued on 25 March, the Government has confirmed that although VFR operations are not banned, the current guidance on social distancing and staying at home essentially makes flying impossible.

The Government acknowledges that the GA community is largely following its guidance by voluntarily not flying, and that keeping VFR airspace open will allow a smoother transition to normality once other restrictions are lifted.

Other key points include:

- Maintenance operations: These can continue where essential maintenance is required and as long as social distancing and proper cleaning measures are observed

- Return to business as usual: The Government is supporting ‘GA stakeholders’ regarding the extension of pilot medical deadlines and is developing short-term exemptions for those who would have required a flight with an instructor to revalidate their licence

- Risk of transmission: Even though this risk is negligible for solo flights, you still should not fly as an accident would require social distancing measures to be abandoned

- Air traffic management: NATS are currently operating below full capacity and pilots should be aware of the strain they may put on the service when flying resumes

To read the full guidance please click here.

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10 Apr 20
David Beale I would like to point out much as I would love to be flying my Mew this is a picture from past. I have only managed one flight since mid October and that was Saturday before lock down due to runways being too wet (perfect now!).
10 Apr 20
David Beale Had 1.75 hrs of fun air test and round East Anglia to get oil hot and me back up to speed. Plane is now re-inhibitted and on ground risk insurance until we are all allowed out to play again.
10 Apr 20
Graham Mills What about an extension to the time limits on having passed the ground exams for PPL from 2 years?
14 Apr 20
Malcolm Cook Malcolm Cook. I needed a logbook re validation "by experience" for my NPPL SSEA by 31st March but my search for a qualified instructor / examiner to do the logbook verification ran out of time because of pre-lockdown and lockdown restrictions/closures
14 Apr 20
Malcolm Cook Malcolm Cook hopefully this too is being considered for a backdated dispensation?
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