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COVID-19, Flight Training and General Aviation: These Are The UK Government’s Current Guidelines


In England, national restrictions to safeguard the public from new cases of COVID-19 are still in place.

Due to these restrictions, general aviation flying can only take place in line with current government guidelines. Therefore, a pilot can only fly solo or with a member of their household or support bubble.

Furthermore, whilst flight training for all pilots and flights with an accompanying instructor can take place, commercial balloon operators must abide by contemporary rules on social contact.

Additionally, all international general aviation flights should follow the wider rules concerning international travel. These include; taking a COVID-19 test before travel, completing a passenger locator form, quarantining for 10 days upon arrival and taking a COVID test on both days 2 and 8 of a 10 day quarantine procedure.

Individuals who have been in a country which appears on the travel ban red list in the past 10 days must arrive in England through an approved and designated entry point. These include; Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, London City Airport, Birmingham Airport, Bristol Airport and Farnborough Airport.

Although it is not possible to keep a distance of 2 metres apart inside of a training aircraft, measures to control the risk of COVID-19 transmission must be implemented and encouraged.

The government has also stated that social distancing still applies to all parts of a business where students or instructors may congregate outside of an aircraft.

The government aims to remove all legal limits on social contact in late June 2021.

For more information please visit Civil Aviation Authority’s COVID-19 news page.

And the Department for Transport’s page on guidance for general aviation.

Melissa Fleur Afshar
Content and Media Manager at British School of Aviation

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