Professional flight training to continue under latest lockdown


Professional flight training is allowed to continue under the latest lockdown rules imposed across England and the other nations of the UK.

The Department for Transport issued new guidance for General Aviation late on Tuesday, 5 January. It says, “Flying training organisations providing training for professional pilots, for the purposes of work, may continue to do so. Individuals undertaking such activity may continue to attend for these purposes. Social distancing measures must be in place and observed at all times.”

GA flying is also permitted for purposes of work where it is not reasonably possible to work or provide those services at home. Again, social distancing measures must be in place and observed at all times.

However, leisure flying is not permitted under the latest lockdown rules in England.

“Engine health and maintenance check flights can only take place where there is a critical safety requirement to do so, and alternative options are not available,” said the DfT.

“Such flights, where conducted, must be kept to the minimum duration possible and should land at the same airfield from which they departed, except where this is outside the reasonable control of the pilot.”

The DfT has also issued advice on protective measures for those businesses that are allowed to operate in England. That advice is here.

Advice for other nations in the UK can be found at these links:

Northern Ireland


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