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COVID-19 – Flight Training can Resume from 4 July 2020

I was expecting to have to advise that the return to full flight training, which had been fully expected from 4 July, had been further delayed by the DfT. This was the position yesterday as advised by the DfT and CAA during a video conference with stakeholders yesterday.

The DfT did not give any specific reason for this but said that hopefully it would only be a slight delay.

Following an email from me to the DfT and CAA this morning, urging an immediate statement on the situation, I have just received this:

“Following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this week about changes to lockdown measures , I can confirm that the reopening of GA businesses and the safe restart of General Aviation dual and instructional flights will be permitted from 4 July 2020 in England.

We will be publishing updated guidance around recreational GA flying on the GOV.UK website as soon as possible. In the meantime, it may be helpful to view the COVID-19 Secure guidelines that the Government has recently published which set out guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

David Harding
 
Deputy Director, General Aviation, Skills, Safety and CAA Division”


If this resumption has come too late for your business and you are now making, or have made, your staff redundant or you are giving up flight training please let me know: martin@aopa.co.uk . Such information is something the DfT do understand.  
 
Martin Robinson
CEO AOPA UK

The Health and Safety Executive have published a number of guides for businesses:

https://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/index.htm

https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg268.htm

https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg65.htm

https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg275.pdf

https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg449.pdf

This publication may also be of interest: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5ef2889986650c12970e9b57/Keeping-workers-and-clients-safe-during-covid-19-close-contact-services-230620.pdf

This advice was sent to AOPA Corporate Members: https://us7.campaign-archive.com/?u=a6724739a5d80170e23fb6d1f&id=f6d8ae2a41

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