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Covid-19 Latest Guidance for GA and North Coates Airfield

The latest National Lockdown was announced on Monday  4th January and new guidance has been issued by the DfT for General Aviation (GA). This can be found by following the link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-general-aviation/coronavirus-covid-19-general-aviation

This guidance begins with a clear statement: For General Aviation (GA), this means that no leisure flying is permitted. 

Consequently, and in line with the Government guidance, North Coates Airfield is now officially closed to visitors for the duration of this period. Members Access to the airfield, hangars and aircraft is only allowed if it is essential and is in accordance with current Covid-19 guidelines. 

Please remain safe and abide by the Government Guidelines to keep healthy.

Pilots of visiting aircraft to the airfield on published fly-in events, are asked to wear High-Vis jackets/tabards while airside.

The reason for High-Vis is that at fly-ins we struggle to identify flight crew from general public that have wandered airside (sometimes in error and sometimes on purpose).

We are trying to avoid potential accidents caused by the general public getting too close to aircraft and turning props.

Aircrew who are wearing flight suits need not adopt the High-Vis Policy as long as the clothing identifies the person as flight crew. The reason for this High-Vis Policy is solely so we can identify pilots in normal clothing and then we don’t have to have club officials running round asking people who they are and what are they doing airside.

We appreciate your corporation in making our fly-ins safer for all.

Many thanks

Steve Charters Chairman