LAA position on lockdown maintenance flights

PUBLISHED: 11:37 20 April 2020 | UPDATED: 11:37 20 April 2020

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The LAA have released a statement regarding their position on the recent announcement that pilots will be able to carry out maintenance flights despite the coronavirus restrictions

Click here for the CAA’s announcement regarding maintenance flights.

The LAA statement reads:

“Whatever the CAA advice, we recommend discretion in carrying out a flight at this time.

“The LAA position is that while aircraft maintenance and limited associated flights have been deemed essential work by the CAA and DfT and can be continued subject to appropriate safeguarding being adopted, we should not be seen to abuse that privilege.

“Our advice remains that of the DfT; that leisure flying is not considered an essential activity and travel to an airfield should only be contemplated if it is absolutely necessary.

“A good question might be, do you really need to carry out this flight immediately? It may be that by waiting a week or so, no real problem in the current benign ambient conditions, the flight will become much less sensitive in terms of public opinion and COVID risk. Just because someone can fly, it doesn’t necessarily mean they should.

“Also, we should recommend that members check if their airfield is open. Their duty of care to employees and users may mean they elect to remain closed. The same may apply if they haven’t made appropriate runway inspections.”

More detailed information can be found through the LAA website:

http://www.lightaircraftassociation.co.uk/2020/News/engine_health.html

http://www.lightaircraftassociation.co.uk/engineering/TechnicalLeaflets/Operating%20An%20Aircraft/TL%202.32%20Return%20to%20Service%20Post%20Covid%2019.pdf

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