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Old 11th May 2020, 20:42
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Guidance

IIRC The CAA has used guidance in their wording which is all it means.
The IAA has withdrawn their instructions stopping flying.(think they overstepped their remit).
The DGAC does not prohibit flying.
I think that unless the respective government passes a law prohibiting any sport flying then there is no reason in law that says you cannot fly.
Probably there is some clause from the European law makers that allows freedom to fly.
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Old 12th May 2020, 05:40
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Both the LAA and BMAA have said they are unclear and are seeeking guidance. Originally the CAA said because the regulation to 'stay at home' precluded recreational flying, they didn't see the need for any additional rstrictions - I think we need to see what they come up with now

Because the directive to stay at home is being well observed, we do not perceive a need to introduce a specific ban on flying by visual flight rules (VFR) as seen in some European countries. This will have the significant benefit of allowing flexibility, and allowing GA flights to resume as overarching restrictions on movement are lifted.

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Old 12th May 2020, 08:58
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I think it will be a while before we see some sort of standardised diktat saying we can or can't fly, if ever. For starters, the edicts are differing all across the country now as to what people can and can't do. My local club is shut as I'd imagine most are across the country. Many airports/airfields are also closed and strictly PPR for CAA authorised "maintenance flights" only for GA flyers.

My view is that the CAA will say/do nothing for now, until the various forms of Govt in this country form a cohesive policy on loosened restrictions (ha!) which will enable businesses (including flying clubs and airfields) to open again. Confusing considering aviation is not devolved and remains a UK-wide policy however the "stay at home" message still applies in Scotland. Frustrating times.
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Old 12th May 2020, 09:41
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Differently from stated above the french government has banned private flying and a number of pilots have been fined for doing so. After being reported by ATC, one pilot was tracked by radar and met on landing by the police. this proved to be an expensive flight for him.
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Old 12th May 2020, 10:26
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You can now travel as far as you like within England as long as you maintain social distancing and return home the same day. Boris said 'to open spaces'

So there is no impediment to fly provided the other person(s) in the cab are from your household and you return the same day. You plank flyers have no other issues as most airfields are indeed open spaces, but us rotary types may have to reconsider confined areas. However we also have the get out clause that the helicopter championships are indeed a sport so we can just put the flight down to practicing. Now where is that bucket and rope.......

The CAA merely issued guidance in light of regulations that no longer exist in their original form

As to whether the virus will obey Boris and disappear, well time will tell. Many of us have concerns many more people will die as a result of this bizarre easing and that the resultant length of disruption will cost jobs and homes.
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