Covid-19 Important Notice
Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, we have not flown much for some time. Recreational flying has been permitted again, since 15 May, so we are restarting our flying operation in a limited way. Whilst eager to fly, we must adhere to the regulations and guidelines under which we operate, in order for everyone to stay safe, legal and healthy. As a flying operation, we also have to consider our saftey as pilots, as well as that of those around us.
The initial plan is for our instructors and more experienced pilots to regain currency, by which we mean fly a while to blow off the cobwebs and to sharpen up their skills. We are also implementing procedures on the airfiled, so that we can operate whilst maintaining social distance. This is tricky when we need multiple people to rig and move gliders, handle tow-out gear and winching, and as for sheltering in the bus,… well, it’s not happening yet. Hence we will take some time to refine our processes and then to implement them. The instructors will then be able to authorise (and manage) flying as conditions allow.
Then we hope to allow our most current solo pilots to fly their gliders – no social distancing implications there (well, almost), as these guys are much more self-sufficient on the ground, and certainly don’t have company in the air.
Two seater flying will be next. Current rules only permit members of the same household to fly together. On this basis, we don’t expect to see any two-seater flying for a while. When it is allowed again, we will be able to bring the less current pilots up to speed, so that they can fly solo, and potentially restart our training operation. Trial Lessons and Courses will follow in due course, but we do not yet have a timescale for this.
So for the time being:
- Vouchers for Trial Lessons due to expire after 17 March 2020 are now suspended, pending the recommencement of flying for non-members. We will endeavour to contact voucher holders to make alternative arrangements. If you have not heard from us, please contact the office.
- Training Courses are currently suspended, and remain under review. Attendees already booked in will be contacted as required.
- We will not be able to take new bookings for courses or trial lessons until further notice – obviously we want to schedule our existing customers, so that they can fly as soon as possible.
We look forward to meeting and flying with you as soon as it is practicable.