Primarily for general aviation discussion, but other aviation topics are also welcome.
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#1755592
PaulB wrote:When the Coronavirus Bill receives Royal Assent (probably tomorrow) and becomes law, won't that give a legal basis to Boris's lock down "stay at home" restrictions meaning that although flying won't actually be illegal, leaving the house to get to your aeroplane will be unless you're complying with one of the 4 exemptions (shopping, exercise, medical, travelling to/from work that can't be done at home)?


That's what's effectively happened in Spain, Italy and France.
By Spooky
#1755609
Seeing as we are facing a minimum of three weeks (probably three months) without flying or being able to visit airfields, are the BMAA or LAA looking at workarounds for aircraft that could be out of permit during this time?
#1755650
From an LAA e-mail (my bold):

Dear LAA Member

As of Tuesday 24th March 2020, the LAA offices will be closed - at a minimum for the Government-specified three weeks. We will make any subsequent decision to reopen the office based on NHS England advice.

The LAA HQ staff will continue to deal with incoming mail and correspondence as far as is possible by working from home. We have contingency plans in place to handle postal correspondence and e-mails. We anticipate that we’ll be able to maintain our service to members in areas such as Permit Renewals. Some activities such as NPPL licensing and Permit First Issues requiring CAA input, may be delayed.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TELEPHONE LAA HQ. Please contact the LAA by e-mail at office@laa.uk.com or engineering@laa.uk.com

Further information will be made available via the LAA website at www.lightaircraftassociation.co.uk and on the LAA Facebook page.

Thank you for bearing with us and please, stay safe.

Best regards

Steve Slater

CEO
#1755652
Flyin'Dutch' wrote:Flying is like riding a bike. Sure you will be rusty and need some time to get current again but reality is that huge numbers of recreational pilots dont fly from one month to the next or longer.


I flew about a month ago after a voluntary 18 month lay off..... yes, I was rusty but the FI that I was with didn't feel the need to intervene on my approaches and landings (which pleased me no end). I did get constructive feedback which was useful.
#1755658
@Paul_Sengupta indeed she may and in a way it seems a greater travesty for any youngster to be dealt a hand with underlying health conditions and also be unfortunate enough to have covid 19.

My point was that if she did have an undiagnosed condition the 'worry' that the virus was going to ravage healthy people would be somewhat less founded.

Of course this is all speculation.

Elsewhere a 37yr old diplomat dies

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-52042786
#1755661
Miscellaneous wrote:..

Elsewhere a 37yr old diplomat dies

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-52042786


.., and after Kabul and Riyadh he and his family must have expected Budapest to be a relatively safe posting. Very sad.

Clearly a great loss to the service too. Hungarian is quite a lot more difficult than Arabic or Pashto.
#1755663
Well I kind of hope the pragmatism comes from those on high rather than from those who may not be able to afford it.

Unlike many here, I exist on that fine line without reserves of cash, holiday and free time. A couple of hundred quid and some extra hassle may not matter for some, but for me, particularly now, it really does not matter.

So I hope that the powers that be will do what they have done for commercial organisations and employees and for car owners and show some pragmatism and concern as it really is quite simple to offer a 6 month validity extension.

People are going to have to be a bit careful after this lockdown to not volunteer the cash of all to pay for this. My generation has already paid for the stupidity and greed of banks, I do not want to find the burden of Covid-19 falling on our shoulders whilst Google, Amazon and the rich find a way to avoid their fair share of the sacrifice.
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