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.
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’.
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.
The BGA strongly advises all instructors and pilots to consider their currency before flying by at least referring to these three important publications:
Additional guidance is available here:
The following apply to BGA pilot certificates and BGA instructor ratings
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.
If the information you require is unavailable, please contact the BGA office by email.