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UK General Aviation- Road out of Lockdown




The UK Civil Aviation Authority have published their road map for General Aviation, for which Civil Airshow performers fall under. The UK Military teams are not governed by the CAA and continue to work up ready for the 2021 display season.


Step 1 – from 29 March

  • 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.

Step 2 – no earlier than 12 April

  • Flight training for all pilots, and flights with an instructor, can resume.

  • GA businesses will be able to open following COVID-secure guidance, for example commercial balloon operators. The rules on social contact will apply in these settings. Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to 6 people or 2 households, and no indoor mixing will be allowed.

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

Step 3 – no earlier than 17 May

Some large events will be permitted. These will be:

  • in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full, whichever is a lower number

  • in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full, whichever is a lower number

  • in the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend or a quarter-full, whichever is lower

COVID-secure guidance will remain in place and businesses must not cater for groups larger than the legal limits.

The government will lift most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors, but gatherings of more than 30 people outdoors will remain illegal. Indoors, people will be able to meet socially in a group of 6, or with 1 other household, though it may be possible to go further than this at Step 3 depending on the data.


GA activities should take place in line with the wider restrictions.


Step 4 – no earlier than 21 June

The government aims to remove all legal limits on social contact, and reopen any remaining closed settings.

For more information, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-general-aviation/coronavirus-covid-19-general-aviation

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