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Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): General Aviation Updated 21 December 2020

The Department for Transport have updated their guidance for General Aviation. In summary:

Tier 1: medium alert level

GA flying and training flights are permitted. You must follow the rules for Tier 1 areas.

A maximum of 6 people can meet indoors or outdoors.

You should avoid travelling to Tier 3 areas, except where necessary and alternative options are not available, such as for:

  • urgent engine health
  • maintenance check flights
  • flights to maintain currency

Tier 2: high alert level

GA flying and training flights are permitted. You must follow the rules for Tier 2 areas.

You must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.

You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space.

You should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make.

You should avoid travelling to Tier 3 areas, except where necessary and alternative options are not available, such as for:

  • urgent engine health
  • maintenance check flights
  • flights to maintain currency

Tier 3: very high alert level

GA flying and training flights are permitted. You must follow the rules for Tier 3 areas.

Flights that take place in Tier 3 areas should land at the same airfield from which they departed, apart from where this is outside of the reasonable control of the pilot.

You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble. This includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues.

You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility.

You should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make.

You should avoid travelling outside the area, except where necessary and alternative options are not available, such as for:

  • urgent engine health
  • maintenance check flights
  • flights to maintain currency

Tier 4: stay at home

There are restrictions to GA flying and training flights. You must follow the rules for Tier 4 areas.

Under Tier 4 you must not leave or be outside your home except for where you have a reasonable excuse.

Restrictions on GA activities

Private pilots can only take part in sport or leisure activities where they take place in the open air – this can be alone, with their household, support bubble, or, when alone, with one person from another household. This should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your Tier 4 area to do so if necessary, for example, to access an open space. Social distancing measures should be in place and observed at all times.

GA flying for the purposes of work, where it is not reasonably possible to work or provide those services at home, is permitted. Social distancing measures should be in place and observed at all times.

Flight training for private pilots (i.e. training for leisure purposes) is not permitted as this is not considered a reasonable excuse for leaving home.

Flying training organisations providing training for professional pilots may continue to do so, and students undertaking such activity may continue to attend for these purposes. Social distancing measures should be in place and observed at all times.

Engine health, maintenance check flights, and flights to maintain currency should only be conducted where there is an urgent requirement to do so, and alternative options are not available.

Any flights, where conducted, must be kept to the minimum duration possible and should land at the same airfield from which they departed, apart from where this is outside of the reasonable control of the pilot.

You should minimise time spent outside your home, and if you need to travel you should stay local, and reduce the number of journeys you make overall

 

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