COVID19 – 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.
The BGA is following the Governments COVID19 guidance.
Govt websites are updated from time to time and may not always be aligned with the latest news.
As described in the Govt information above, 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.
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.
While BGA guidance provides a COVID19 risk assessed way forward for clubs based on known hazards, it may be that clubs will choose to document their local assessment of risk. Here is an example.
Safety and recency information for pilots and instructors
BGA gliding certificate and instructor rating alleviations
The following apply to BGA pilot certificates and BGA instructor ratings
Pilot licence validity exemptions
The CAA has temporarily exempted licence holders from certain requirements relating to recency and revalidation of licence privileges. Please use the links to the CAA exemption summary information below:
NPPL – awaiting CAA info. See summary below.
Sailplanes including TMG (SPL holders) – awaiting CAA info. See summary below.
The following document will be deleted after publication of revised CAA information anticipated during August:
Medical certificate validity exemptions
BGA airworthiness alleviations
Personal Protective Equipment
If the information you require is unavailable, please contact the BGA office by email.