COVID19 – support, exemptions and restarting gliding information
The COVID19 pandemic and resulting restrictions resulted in the cessation of gliding operations with a significant impact on clubs and individuals. Gliding has restarted, albeit with limitations aligned with Government guidance. 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.
Local lockdown / tiers
The tier restriction that applies to an individual is the designated tier for their usual home address. In other words, if a persons usual home address is in a particular tier area then that tiers restrictions apply wherever the person happens to be. If the tier level for the area the person is visiting is higher, the higher tier restrictions apply. For example, if a gliding club is in a higher tier than applies to a members home address, the higher tier level restrictions apply to the member while they are at the club. Read more on the Governments COVID webpages.
Regarding flying during COVID restrictions, the guidance remains as published by the BGA and DfT, including wearing of face coverings when flying dual. Please see below.
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 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.
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 see this BGA news item dated 1 Oct 20.
Medical certificate exemptions
BGA airworthiness alleviations
Personal Protective Equipment
If the information you require is unavailable, please contact the BGA office by email.