COVID19 – restarting gliding information

Updated 8th Apr 21

The response to the COVID19 pandemic has led to a Govt ‘roadmap’ to recovery. This webpage aims to collate and link to the relevant published detail as it becomes available.

As described in the Govt information below, please note that the Devolved Administrations have individual responsibility for public health guidance in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is important to ensure that gliding clubs and those participating in gliding throughout the UK follow the relevant public health guidance.

Government COVID-19 information and associated guidance for gliding

BGA guidance follows relevant Government COVID19 guidance.

England

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 effective under Step 1 (from 29th March) and Step 2 (from 12th April) can be viewed here.  Note ‘Restrictions on gatherings’ and the related exceptions para 6 which apply where required precautions are taken. See precautions below under ‘BGA Covid-safe gliding club operations guidance’.

DfT guidance for recreational GA is available here – including specific dates in England for solo flying (29th March) and for dual flying/instruction (12th April)

‘BGA Covid-safe gliding club operations guidance’ can be viewed here

N Ireland

NI Devolved Administration guidance is available here

DfT guidance for recreational GA is available here

BGA Covid-safe gliding club operations guidance can be viewed here

Scotland

Scotland Devolved Administration guidance is available here

DfT guidance for recreational GA is available here

Sport Scotland Covid-safe guidance for gliding in Scotland can be viewed here under ‘gliding’

Wales

Welsh Devolved Administration guidance is available here.

DfT guidance for recreational GA is available here

BGA Covid-safe gliding club operations guidance can be viewed here

Risk assessment

While the BGA club operations guidance provides a COVID19 risk assessed protocol for clubs based on known hazards, it may be that clubs will choose to document their local assessment of risk. Here is an example.

Covid rapid test kits

The Government supplies free test kits to individuals and businesses. Several clubs intend to ask newcomers to take a test ahead of arriving for an introductory flight.

Individual testing and test kit ordering information.

Business test kit ordering information.

Currency/recency

The BGA strongly advises all instructors and pilots to consider their currency before flying by at least referring to these three important publications:

The BGA currency barometer

‘Getting yourself safely current’ – a short video by Mike Fox

‘COVID currency’ S&G article

Additional guidance is available here:

Return to instructing

Managing Flying Risk

The Skyway Code – a very useful reference document updated in March 2021

BGA alleviations

Flying

The following apply to BGA pilot certificates and BGA instructor ratings

BGA instructor requirements (including revalidation/renewal) can be viewed here

BGA medical requirements temporary changes can be viewed here

Airworthiness

Alleviations for BGA airworthiness support can be viewed here.

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

CAA exemptions

General CAA exemptions are described here.

Aircraft maintenance

Covid-19 restrictions have resulted in limited access to aircraft and indoor maintenance facilities. Essential maintenance – that is maintenance to prevent deterioration and failure – is permissible. Public health guidance must be followed when carrying out essential maintenance work.

Support

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