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Resumption of XC Flying

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Resumption of XC Flying

Postby Crawford Coulson » Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:43 am

From BHPA:

Guidance for BHPA Pilots undertaking cross country flights
The UK Government has confirmed that Step 2 of its roadmap out of lockdown will take place in England no earlier than 12th April. The BHPA has determined that at this point, its pilots holding the appropriate rating can undertake cross country flight if the activity complies with the UK Government’s / applicable Devolved Administration or Crown Dependency restrictions on travel and social contact.
In order for an XC flight to take place, the rules restricting non-essential travel must have been lifted. As the countries that make up the UK are easing their “stay at home” and “stay local” restrictions at different rates, our guidance is as follows:
From 12th April, pilots in England and Wales will be able to make XC flights and travel across the England / Wales border when flying, or in order to fly.
For pilots based in Scotland: when travel restrictions are lifted, XC flights outside your local authority area can be made.
Currently, people are not permitted to travel to or from Scotland without reasonable excuse. Leisure flying is not a reasonable excuse.
In Northern Ireland the current restriction limits travel to local only. This precludes XC flying, however a review is due on 15th April.
General advice for cross country flying: Although it appears that COVID 19 cases are generally on a downward trajectory, the virus has not gone away. There are still restrictions limiting people coming together in groups both inside and outside. Every BHPA member carries an individual responsibility to abide by the rules governing the locality in which they intend to fly, and bear in mind that when crossing a border you may be subject to different restrictions. When involved in any flying activity, be it local flying or cross country, please respect social distancing and follow national advice about the protection measures you should be using when outside your home. Plan your retrieve options as well as your flight where possible. Follow national guidance about the use of public transport and use an appropriate face covering and hand sanitiser.
The links to the timetables for the easing of restrictions can be accessed via the links below.
England
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Northern Ireland
https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/.../coronavirus-covid-19...
Scotland
https://www.gov.scot/.../coronavirus... ... timetable/
Wales
https://gov.wales/current-restrictions
Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey:
Please refer to each government’s website and liaise with the local BHPA club.
(When the easing of restrictions permit you to travel outside the UK to fly, follow the Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidance for travellers. Bear in mind that travel disruption is still possible and a resurgence of the virus may bring about national control measures at short notice. Make yourself aware of the flying situation in the country you are travelling to by visiting its national association’s website (available for participating European countries through http://www.ehpu.org).)
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