Covid-19 - How to prepare the restart of the activity?

Dominique Roland • 14 April 2020
in community General Aviation

Dear all,

I start to hear about initiatives taken in our many EU countrires to help piliots and instructors to keep their currency and prepare themselves for the restart of the activity. I create this post in order to give you the possibility to share your initiatives with others.

Stay safe and healthy!


Comments (8)

Juanra Alvarez

Hi Cristina and Dominique. In Spain, AESA published an extension of the validity of licenses but this extension is only applicable for commercial licenses for pilots working for airlines. The 3 most important associations in Spain, AOPA, RACE and AEPAL, have requested measures for general aviation, but have been denied by AESA

Javier Asenjo

Good morning,
The exemption currently published in Spain, as Juanra Alvarez says, is not applicable to general aviation but our Personnel Licensing División is working to publish a new one applicable to general aviation, based on the exemption template recommended by EASA. We hope it will be publish as soon as posible.

Pete Stratten

It's not possible to fly under the UK lock down. However, CAA exemptions provide flexibility around expiry dates of licences and certificates. Hopefully we can find enough previous flight time to hit the FCL recency requirements. National requirements naturally have more flexibility. A key risk is that many pilots have emerged from winter only to find themselves stuck on the ground. Hopefully they will remind themselves of the risks before carefully heading skywards again. There's no reason why that approach plus proactive supervision at clubs for less experienced pilots should not be successful. BGA hazard awareness/risk management for pilots -…


I'm pleased to inform that within the instructors association (ANPI) we organise video conferences for FI and FE intending to refresh disciplines and exchange ideas on Instructors / Students issues in these days.
After a very successful first batch, the second batch of 10 lectures is in progress this week. A risk management flight preparation method is in preparation for the week after, it can be use to rehearse flights at home. . Confinement in France has been extended to mid May, so we have still a lot to do.

Dominique Roland

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