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Since our last scheduled newsletter of March 2020 it seems that the World has been turned on its head and come to a standstill.

That hasn't been the case for the AOPA team though, as we have been kept busy supporting GA as far as we can and  answering your questions and concerns, as Government support packages, Regulatory exemptions and restrictions have been introduced and revised.

There has been so much information that we have been updating you more frequently as and when relevant.
Hopefully everyone is now aware of what individual and business financial support is available and you have now been in receipt of support. 

AOPA have been successful in persuading the Department for Transport (DfT) that aircraft owners were becoming increasingly  concerned about maintaining and protecting their aircraft and clearer guidance was required from the CAA. This was published on 17 April 2020 and now seems to be being used sensibly for the most part. I would thank all airfields that have supported their customers in this respect.

At the end of March I emailed the DfT asking how GA could help in the fight against COVID-19. I finally got a reply on 30 April from the Minister for Aviation, Maritime and Security. The key part of the reply is:

"We know that many businesses are keen to offer their support to the Government’s response to Covid-19. Businesses in this position should provide details of any assistance they are able to offer to Cabinet Office for their consideration using the form at:

I am very grateful to businesses for their kind offers of support in these difficult times."

There have been examples of Pilot's ferrying key workers and PPE around the country, from those who volunteered to help the NHS. So opportunities exist.

My thoughts are now turning towards the recovery of GA when restrictions can be lifted. To this end I have started a small focus group with some of our Corporate Members to develop a recovery plan that can be put to the  DfT and CAA and influence their thinking. I have had to keep the group numbers low so that we can effectively "meet" on video-chat platforms.  Inevitably any return to business will be phased and, while the DfT see Private flying as "recreational" and not essential, it is likely to be the commercial activities that restart first.  Any views you have are welcome so please let me know:

AOPA have been leading the way in putting forward and discussing proposals to start a return to flying. Yesterday, 14 May 2020, I took part in a video conference with the DfT and CAA, resulting in the revised advice. See STOP PRESS!

Keep well, keep safe and protect others,

Martin Robinson
COVID-19 Information
We have placed COVID-19 information under a single COVID-19 Information Menu on the AOPA UK website
Currently this includes:
  • CAA Extension of validity EASA licences
  • CAA Extension of Validity Periods for National Licences
  • Remote Briefing for Pilots
  • GA flights for maintenance checks
  • Guidance Notes to CAA GA Flights for Maintenance
  • Teledyne Continental Motors - Engine Preservation during COVID-19
  • Guide for Disinfection of General Aviation Aircraft
  • Licence Extensions decoding Tool
  • Issuing Permits for EASA Enduring Permit aircraft
  • CAA CAP 1913: Exemption Guidance COVID-19
  • CAA COVID-19 - Flying Season 2020 DA's
  • COVID-19 CAA ORS4 1386 Delay to Implementation of the 6 Month Validity Rule Applied to Skills Test or Assessment of Competence
Please do check to see if any of these answer your questions before using Ask AOPA.
CAP 1919

The CAA have published
CAP 1919 "Safety advice and tips for pilots returning to GA flying post COVID-19."

This should not be taken as a green light to go flying. The DfT have re-iterated that current guidance remains as below. AOPA are fully aware of the frustrations of some, especially when other "recreational" activities have restarted,albeit with restrictions.
Other COVID-19 Updates In Brief

The CAA have published ORS4 1386 which delays the implementation of the rule requiring an application for a licence to be made within 6 months of a Skills Test or Assessment of Competence.

ORS4 1386 applies to anyone who has successfully completed the required skills test or assessment of competence prior to 13 May 2020 and allows an application to be made up to and including 1 December 2020.

FI & CRI Refresher Courses

The revalidation and renewal regulations for CR(I)'s have changed and now allow alternate CRI revalidation by attendance at an approved Instructor Refresher Training Course. Full details on the revalidation requirements can be found in FCL.935.

Attendance at an AOPA Instructors Refresher Course meets the revalidation requirements of FCL 935. Subject to any continuing restrictions due to Coronavirus, the next AOPA Refresher Course is scheduled for 24/25 November 2020.

For more information see here.

7/8 July Course Cancelled

If you had pre-booked for the July course you will be able to receive a full refund or opt to transfer to the November course.
Refresher Course in a Northern UK Location?
In the March newsletter we asked if there was any interest in a more Northern venue for a Refresher Course. Only 3 Yes responses were recorded, so we assume that there would be insufficient demand.
Online learning for Pilots and Students
Time on your hands? AOPA have teamed up with EasyPPL to bring you online learning with courses for Students and Pilots.
Break the boredom of lock-down and explore the courses on offer.
Remote Pilot Briefings
If you still need a Remote Pilot Briefing to extend your SEP MEP IR IR(R) IMC TMG LAPL ratings you can use this service via the AOPA UK website. 
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