COVID19 – restrictions, support, exemptions and restarting gliding information

The COVID19 pandemic and resulting restrictions have resulted in the cessation of gliding operations with a significant impact on clubs and individuals. In due course, clubs and pilots will need to consider issues relating to restarting gliding, including the validity of licences and certificates. This webpage aims to collate and link to the relevant published detail as it becomes available.

Government information

The BGA is following the Governments COVID19 guidance.

Government COVID19 general guidance is available here.

Government COVID19 guidance relating to recreational GA is available here.

Information for club management

The BGA is regularly engaging directly with club management teams by phone and email with support and guidance on club-related issues including grants and rates. Clubs that require specific guidance should in the first case contact the BGA office by email.

Preparation for restarting BGA guidance (supplied to clubs on 8th May)

Further BGA guidance detailing a phased and limited restart of gliding has been supplied to BGA club chairmen (on 13th May) for use during club planning.

Similar guidance from the CAA aimed at flying clubs (dated 20th May)

Zoom meeting guidance

Personal Protective Equipment

Government guidance on making face masks is available here.

Medical scientific advice on personal protection masks is available here.


Government COVID19 guidance on cleaning is available here.

Gliding specific aircraft cleaning guidance produced by the GFA is available here.

An EASA guide to disinfecting GA aircraft is available here.

Parachute harness etc cleaning guidance (recommended by British Skydiving)

Flying and currency

Return to flying currency BGA guidance is available here.

The BGA publication Managing Flying Risk is available here.

The BGA currency barometer is available here.

The GASCo return to flying interactive briefing is available here.

The CAA return to flying safety guidance is available here.

Information for pilots and instructors


Alleviations for BGA instructor revalidation and renewal can be viewed here.

Alleviation for the BGA instructor post course review (also known as completion course) can be viewed here.

Alleviations to BGA gliding certificate requirements can be viewed here.


Exemptions have been published for holders of NPPL’s, EASA pilot licences and medical certificates. The CAA ORS4 full series of exemptions is available here.

A helpful BGA summary of the CAA exemptions including BGA support contacts and links to the exemptions is available here.

Information for aircraft owners and inspectors

Alleviations for BGA airworthiness support can be viewed here.

An alleviation for BGA aircraft weighing periodicity can be viewed here.

Engines need particular care. We recommend owners follow the manufacturers advice. For example, guidance for Solo and other similar engines is available in the owners maintenance manual. This LAA guidance is particularly helpful regarding tugs and motor glider engines and includes links to Lycoming and other information.

CAA guidance on flights for essential maintenance and engine health can be viewed here.


If the information you require is unavailable, please contact the BGA office by email.