Aero Club Communique July 2020 # 1
Status on GA / RA flight operations in Level 3 - Update
Further to the status of GA/RA operations under lockdown level 3 Phase 2 which come into effect on the 1st of July, some announcements were made by the Minister of Transport on Monday which did not contain much detail other than stating that proficiency flights would now be allowed - see speaking notes extract as below
. (Note that the Industry submission made in mid June covered proficiency as well as sport flying). We have since received the Gov Gazette which was released on 2nd July, which had hampered progress to release the proficiency system in time for the 1st of July.
With some significant activity between the CAA and the Aero Club, we were able to find a suitable mechanism to find a way to put in place a proficiency authorisation process as per the requirements of the DoT in time prior to the start of the weekend, which had gone live at 5 PM on Friday 3rd July after the release of the Notam & General Notice - see links to these documents below.
Details are available on the Aero Club & CAASA websites that will link to the process per RA discipline. In summary, one can fly as much you like within an approved 7 day window (with no limits on re-applications), and as long as the flights all take place from the same airfield (outlandings with no disembarkation is allowed). This covers GA and all our RA disciplines. As an additional measure for those who wish, a safety pilot / mentor can accompany such flights. As I write this on early Sunday, there have been 725 flight applications made, 450 already in by midnight on Friday night, which show the eagerness of everybody to get airborne, and for sure the sound of aircraft could be heard and seen in many places.
As we move to lower levels of lockdown, we will be looking at further opening up of GA/RA, although we see the C-19 cases increasing significantly in the bigger metro areas, thus trust there won't be a reversal to higher lockdown levels. Be safe & comply with the basics of C-19 protocols.
SPEAKING NOTES FOR THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT,
MR FIKILE MBALULA,
ON THE OPENING OF FURTHER CIVIL AVIATION ACTIVITIES
29 JUNE 2020
d)General Aviation is permitted for the following purposes:
(d) Proficiency flights provided that the flight is authorised by the South African Civil Aviation Authority and remains within the general flying area, airfield or airport boundaries.
(e) Recreational aviation is permitted for proficiency flights provided that the flight is authorised by the South African Civil Aviation Authority and remains within the general flying area, airfield or airport boundaries.