Covid-19 General Aviation Updates

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Now that restrictions in England have been relaxed for General Aviation, we thought it might be useful to put together a short handy guide for GA flyers with regards to their recency, currency and experience requirements.

You may well already be aware that the CAA have moved at pace to ensure that the concerns and problems facing GA are addressed in the most pragmatic and sensible way possible.

Most guidance with regards to extensions and exemptions are detailed in a document called ORS4 No1385 and No1378. We’ve added an excerpt from this document here for your reference:

(EASA) ORS1385UK CAA issued EASA LAPL, PPL, CPL and ATPLs where not operating in Commercial Air Transport.

If you are the holder of an EASA licence which includes any of the following due to expire on or after the 16 March 2020 and before 31 October 2020. The validity periods can be extended until 22 November 2020.

This covers Aeroplanes and Helicopters and the following

i) Class, type and Instrument ratings
ii) Instructor and Examiner Certificates
iii) Medical Certificates
iv) LAPL recency requirement

A number of other privileges are also covered by this exemption.

What actions do I need to take?

For Class, type and Instrument ratings and for the LAPL Recency period requirement, pilots require a briefing by a suitable Instructor (CRI, FI, IRI or TRI) or Examiner before 22 November 2020 covering safe operations, abnormal and emergency procedures. This can be completed remotely if necessary so that social distancing requirements are not compromised.

For LAPL holders, the Instructor / Examiner will supply a certificate which should be affixed into the pilot logbook. This will extend licence privileges to 22 November 2020.

For Class / type or instrument rating validities. The Pilot must scan a copy of the Certificate of Revalidation in their licence and send this to the Instructor or Examiner who will extend the privilege to 22 November 2020, before returning the scanned copy back to the pilot.

Where the Medical certificate expires, the only action required is for the holder to carry a copy of the exemption with the Licence/ Medical.

For Instructor and Examiner validity periods to be extended, the certificate should be scanned and sent to an appropriate Examiner who may endorse this with the date of the briefing, extending the privilege to 22 November 2020, before returning a scanned copy back to the pilot.

For both LAPL and other licence holders, where the revalidation has been completed, the Instructor / Examiner will complete form SRG1100F, copies of which are held by
themselves and the pilot revalidating, whilst a further copy is sent to the CAA.


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(UK CAA National) ORS1378 – UK CAA National, NPPL, PPL, CPL and ATPLs where not operating in Commercial Air Transport or Public Transport.

If you are the holder of an UK National licence which includes any of the following due to expire on or after the 16 March 2020 and before 31 October 2020. The validity periods can be extended until 22 November 2020.

i) Class, type, IMC and Instrument ratings
ii) Instructor and Examiner Certificates
iii) Medical Certificates

What actions do I need to take?

For Class, type, IMC and Instrument ratings pilots require a briefing by a suitable Instructor or Examiner covering safe operations, abnormal and emergency procedures before 31 October 2020. This can be completed remotely if necessary so that social distancing requirements are not compromised.

Confirmation that this briefing has been conducted is to be recorded in the logbook by one of the following methods:

(i) the instructor /examiner will confirm by electronic means and this should be printed and affixed to the logbook; or,
(ii) the instructor /examiner confirms by letter and this is affixed in the logbook; or
(iii) the instructor/ examiner makes an entry in the logbook; and a copy of the ORS exemption is also carried as part of the licence

If the Medical Certificate expires during the time period covered by the exemption, aircrew should carry their (expired) medical certificate and a copy of the exemption notice as part of the licence.

For Instructor and Examiner validity periods, the requirements are identical to those stated above for class, type, IMC and Instrument Ratings.


Class One Initial Medical Exam

Medicals

ORS1370 – UK Pilot Medical Self-Declaration

Previously any pilot holding an EASA LAPL or PPL for Aeroplanes or Helicopters who was operating under the UK National Medical Self-Declaration system would have been required to obtain an EASA medical certificate by 8 April 2020.

Due to the current COVID-19 self-isolation measures and the pressure on Authorised Medical Examiners, UK pilot Medical Self-Declaration use with EASA LAPL or PPL when flying a UK (G) registered EASA aircraft, has been extended until 8 November 2020.

It is important to note that:
i) a student pilot cannot utilise the Medical Self Declaration system to obtain an EASA pilot licence.
ii) the exemption is only applicable to pilots who have not suffered from a decrease in medical fitness during this period.

ORS1385 PART-MED Class One & Class Two

Guidance in ORS Number 1385 states the following:

This Exemption is not applicable to pilots involved in operations subject to the organisation being required to hold a National Air Operator’s Certificate, Police Air Operator’s Certificate or required to comply with Part-ORO of Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 (EASA Air Operations), who are subject to the General Exemptions applied by Official Records Series 4 No. 1383 and 1384.

Relevant aeroplane and helicopter pilots, instructors and examiners are exempted from the standard validity or other time periods of any of the following that expire on or after 16 March 2020 and before 31 October 2020, which may be extended until the end of the validity period of this Exemption:

Part-MED medical certificates (see note 4(e))

Note 4 (e):

To demonstrate compliance with Part MED aircrew should carry their (expired) medical certificate and a copy of the exemption notice as part of their licence.


As you can see, this guidance can be rather complex and we have included the most common relevant parts above, however please ensure you do always check the CAA website and very latest guidance to ensure you are complying as this is a very changeable area, we’ve included links below to relevant areas of the CAA website…

ORS4 No 1385Covid-19 – Outbreak: Extension of Validity and other time periods for EASA Licences, Ratings, Privileges, Endorsements and Certificates of Aeroplane and Helicopter Pilots, Instructors and Examiners Conducting Flying Operations other than within an Organisation holding a National Air Operator’s Certificate, Police Air Operator’s Certificate or required to comply with Part-ORO

ORS4 No 1378COVID-19 Outbreak: Extension of Validity Periods for National Licences, Ratings and Certificates of Flight Crew

CAA Official Record Series (ORS) Contents

Returning to GA Flying – Post COVID-19


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