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COVID-19 Lockdown Guidelines for General Aviation Aircraft Owners and Operators

Guidance for general aviation aircraft owners and operators during lockdown from January 24 2021

At 00:01 on Monday 22 February 2021, the Bailiwick of Guernsey moved into Stage 1 of the exit from lockdown framework, the following guidance is for members of the public who own and operate general aviation aircraft.

Version 1: 24 January 2021

Hazard Identification

  • Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

  • Recently identified variants of the virus that cause COVID-19 have recently been identified and appear to be more transmissible.

  • The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes

  • The virus can survive for up to 72 hours out of the body on contaminated surfaces.

  • People can pick up the virus by breathing in the droplets or by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching their eyes, mouth and face.

  • Aerosol transmission of the virus can occur in enclosed, poorly ventilated environments.

General Aviation Flying

General Aviation aircraft owners and pilots are permitted to operate their aircraft in local air space for recreational flights, maintenance flights and engine health flights subject to the following conditions:

  • All flights are arranged through their appointed fixed based operator or the Guernsey Aero Club.

  • All flights require prior permission with a minimum of 12 hours’ notice using the published PPR process.

  • All flights will be operated within the current published operating hours of Guernsey Airport. Airport extensions are not available.

  • Aircraft owners and pilots must continue to adhere to the two metres social distancing rules where possible.

  • Aircraft owners and pilots may undertake these activities with members of their household bubble or with one other person when two metre social distancing can be maintained.

  • Flight instructors are currently not permitted to accompany pilots due to the possibility of regular contact with multiple pilots.

  • Pilots are limited to a two-hour period of flying every 24 hours and are not permitted to leave the Channel Islands Control Zone.

  • All flights are required to take off and directly land back at their airport of origin.

Further Information

  • Guernsey Airport Queries

Guernsey Airport General Office telephone: 01481 237766

Guernsey Airport Flight Briefing Unit telephone: 01481 234936

  • COVID-19 Queries

States of Guernsey Coronavirus Helpline: 01481 756938 or 01481 756969