noted significant debate in the social media about whether pilots should fly
The updated rules from Monday 23rd evening for me were clear - 4 exemptions: https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... rom-others
Otherwise, we're “locked down” at home.
Here's my take on it:
1. Exercise: Not an excuse to fly here. Running/Cycling to sit in a cockpit and then onto aerobatics doesn't count. And don’t try flying by pedalling.
2. Medical: Has to be extremely exceptional - time is critical, roads are blocked, and ambulance cannot get to you.
3. Shopping: Has to be extremely exceptional - no food / water, roads are blocked, and deliveries cannot get to you or your local supermarkets.
4. Travelling to/from work: Those who work in GA for community purposes and is deemed critical (police, S&R, ambulance, aircraft safety inspections/engineering to support these critical tasks, etc.)
except to check on the security of their aircraft and facilities when absolutely necessary
Hmmm..... not sure if that's even allowed unless it's someone's job as a security guard? Going out for the purpose of checking on my motorbike or car if left at an external garage doesn’t fall into one of the four categories above.
If we don't take part in protecting GA access to infrastructure, the smaller aerodromes will be built over, the larger aerodromes will have exorbitant handling fees and awkward procedures, and airspace will be over-classified to Class A everywhere.