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Working for You during Coronavirus Restrictions
This newsletter contains some important information that will be of relevance to aircraft owners. You may share this as widely as possible so long as it is credited to AOPA and includes the AOPA header above and the Join Now button, preserving the link.
Further to my email yesterday evening, the CAA have published this guide:
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The key points are:
1. Maintenance check flights in accordance with CAP 1038 are permittedbut must be kept to an absolute minimum in terms of both the number and duration of flights. They must be conducted in strict accordance with the approved maintenance or flight test profile.
2. Ferry flights to or frommaintenance facilities for essential maintenance are permitted if such a facility is not available at the aircraft’s current location. Flights are to be by the most direct practical route with transits flown at no lower than 1,000 feet Above Ground Level (AGL).
3. The main way of maintaining engine health during COVID restrictions should be through winterisation or inhibition. Engine health flights are only permitted, where required by the engine manufacturer or equivalent LAA/BMAA procedures for Permit-to-Fly aircraft. Flights must follow those procedures and there must be a four-week gap between flights. Each flight must be no more than 30 minutes (or as recommended by the engine manufacturer in order to prevent internal engine corrosion). Aircraft should aim to remain within the airfield circuit. Unless safety of flight requirements dictate, the aircraft should not travel beyond a 10nm radius of its departure aerodrome and no dynamic manoeuvring activity should be flown. Each flight should be at the highest practical height to minimise to the noise impact on members of the public maintaining social distancing, and not below 1,000ft AGL except for take-off, approach and landing. If the engine manufacturer's instructions indicate that the engine only needs to be run at idle or at low power whilst on the ground and no other essential maintenance is required, then no flight may be performed.
The guide also includes the criteria for the conduct of these flights. Please read and understand the guide fully before making any maintenance flight.
If you have an aircraft stuck abroad you can contact the CAA on email@example.com giving full details of your circumstances and they will try to assist.
This is not a signal for us all to restart our normal private flying. If the guidance is abused then it is likely to either become more restrictive or withdrawn.
AOPA thanks the DfT for listening to us and the CAA for writing and expediting the publication of this guidance.
Please remember that this result is due to lobbying by AOPA, working for you and working for GA.