MidlandFlying wrote:The CAA's guidance as to the date that non-commercial instruction "can recommence" is highly misleading, to say the least.
There are no relevant changes being made to the law on 12 April. If a cockpit is considered outdoors, then dual flying is legal from 29 March no matter what - as it's the rule of 6 outdoors from that date.
If a cockpit is considered indoors, then one of the exceptions listed in the law will need to apply, if the gathering is to be legal. But the list of exceptions for indoor gatherings is not changing (in any relevant respect) on 12 April.
They are simply making it up as they go along - and I fear that this particular decision may prove injurious, if not fatal. No good telling pilots they should have been more patient when they're a crater in a field...
I think the “guidance” is more than enough to permit non commercial flight instruction from the 12th. I’d argue the opposite - instruction should be possible from the 29th if you read the guidance......
Step 1 - from 29 March
Training for leisure or recreational purposes should not take place where rules around social distancing cannot be followed.
There’s nothing in the Social Distancing rules that say you CANNOT be in a closed cockpit. It says do 2m or 1m WHERE POSSIBLE. which it’s obviously not.
So then Step 2....
Step 2 – no earlier than 12 April
Flight training for all pilots, and flights with an instructor, can resume.
So yes, the CAA is saying wait til 12th April and then you’re all good to get dual instruction. But the social distancing measures you’d put in place are the same. I don’t intend to receive, and don’t think the spirit of the guidance, is that instruction is allowed from 29th.
However it’s odd that the measures in place will not have changed in two weeks.