Coronavirus Restrictions

Update – 2nd March 2021

The GOV.UK website was updated today (2nd March 2021) and outlines, amongst other things, the effect of the Governments “Road Map” on General Aviation. 

A paragraph reads as follows: 

Step 1 – from 29 March – (assuming no changes in infection levels, etc.) 

People will no longer be required to stay at home.  

This will allow the safe restart of GA flying for non-professional purposes for solo pilots, or individuals flying with a member of their household or bubble.  

Training for professional pilots, or those in training to be professional pilots, will be able to continue.  

Training for leisure or recreational purposes should not take place.  

GA activities should take place in line with the wider restrictions. Travel should be minimised as far as possible.

 Club’s Interpretation

Without further interpretation by the Government Office it seems appropriate for those Group Members who are current in every respect to book their aircraft for a solo flight (or with their household members or “bubble”) after that date. The directive to take off and land at the same airport contained in earlier legislation still appears to be in force.

Similarly, it does not appear appropriate to undertake “check-rides” or revalidations at that stage since “training” is precluded. Step 2 of the “Road Map” (No earlier than April 12th) states “Flight training for all pilots, and flights with an instructor, can resume.’  However, if you are already on a course of training with the Club contact your instructor to discuss a programme for re-starting.

The directive can be viewed on:

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Private Hire (Groups and Club aircraft)

Group Members who are fully current can now contact the Club on lyddaero@btconnect.com to book your aircraft on dates that may be available after lockdown.

PPL/LAPL Students

Students already on Pilot Licence courses and in contact with their Instructor may wish to make contact them and discuss your programme of lessons for when we are allowed to re-start (Beginning to look like mid April 2021)

Trial Lesson Experiences

At this time all Trial Lessons are postponed until release of restrictions.

The latest directive (Mr Johnson’s Road Map) indicates Step 2 (April 12th) as a possible date to re-start Private Pilot Training. Trial Lesson Experiences will, therefore, not start before that date but perhaps not long afterwards for one-to-one experiences (just Student and Instructor) and shortly after for other experiences. Follow this site for a re-start date when you will be able to book your flight.

If you have already booked and need to change to a later date please contact the Club immediately by email  lyddaero@btconnect.com to update.

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The airport advised (25th February) as follows:

Re: London Ashford (Lydd) Airport – Lockdown England

As lockdown restrictions are eased we are focused on the re-opening of the business based on the safety of our colleagues & clientele. Today we announce that London Ashford (Lydd) Airport will re-open on Monday 29 March ’21 (subject to Government Guidelines).

NOTE: The airport is currently in use by the NHS as a centre for Covid inoculations. Please don’t visit the airport either as a Member/Pilot of the Club or to the inoculation centre without a prior appointment.

 

Trial Lesson Experience Vouchers  

Lydd Aero Club Vouchers are valid for 6 months but the Club intends to honour all vouchers expiring during the Coronavirus lockdowns by extending their validity for 6 months from the next re-start date which will be advertised on this web site.

Vouchers are still being sold via the website and issued by email if you want one as a present or even yourself.

NOTE – still at last years prices but will have to go up soon.

Vouchers issued by Acorne/Virgin can only be extended by that company and holders of those vouchers should contact that company if an extension is required.

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