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.

Government information

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.

Government COVID19 general guidance is available here.

Government COVID19 guidance relating to recreational GA is available here.

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.

Government COVID19 quarantine guidance is available here.

Contact recognition

England and Wales – NHS COVID19 app

Scotland – test and protect

N Ireland – stop COVID

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.

COVID19 – BGA club operations guidance. (updated 25 Sep 20)

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.

Safety and recency information for pilots and instructors

COVID19 returning to instructing guidance is available here.

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.

BGA gliding certificate and instructor rating alleviations

The following apply to BGA pilot certificates and BGA instructor ratings

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.

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

EASA Class 2 and LAPL medical certificates validity exemption

Medical certificate exemption (note limitations)

BGA airworthiness alleviations

Alleviations for BGA airworthiness support can be viewed here.

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

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.

Parachute harness etc cleaning guidance (recommended by British Skydiving)


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