|General Aviation in Scotland|
Following communications between AOPA and Transport Scotland, we are pleased to publish the change in advice below and would thank Transport Scotland for listening and taking action:
3 June 2020
Further to my previous correspondence with some of you, this is to provide an update on the position in relation to General Aviation in Scotland. As you will be aware, Scotland has now entered Phase 1 of the Scottish Government’s ‘Coronavirus (Covid-19): framework for decision making’. Further details of this can be found on the Scottish Government web site at:
As part of entering into Phase 1, we are now able to undertake activities that were not previously permitted. This includes non-contact, outdoor activities in your local area. While the guidance refers to golf, hiking, canoeing, outdoor swimming and angling this is not an exhaustive list. Other activities are permitted provided that they are undertaken in a way that is consistent with the rules and guidance that are applicable to any activity in this phase e.g. maintaining physical distancing requirements and staying within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles). Therefore any private flying must be carried out in a way that ensures all rules and guidance that are applicable to Phase 1 are complied with.
The Scottish Government will not be publishing specific guidance in relation to General Aviation. The Department for Transport has, however, published guidance that you may wish to be aware of. This can be viewed at:
Any decision to open an individual airfield is a matter for the operator of that airfield.