Another update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): General Aviation (GA) guidance was issued by HM Government on 5 January. It advises that leisure flying for GA during the National Lockdown is not permitted. However, GA flying is permitted for the purposes of work, flying training organisations providing training for professional pilots, for the purposes of work, may continue to do so and essential minimum-duration engine health and maintenance check flights can be undertaken. The full text of the guidance issued can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-general-aviation/coronavirus-covid-19-general-aviation
As a result of the change in restrictions, the Airport has adjusted its daily (Mon–Fri) opening hours to 0900-1800 and, at the weekend, the Airport will be open 1000-1700 each day. Robust COVID-19 mitigation measures are applied ‘airside’ and the Airport Terminal is closed to casual visitors. Please note that face coverings are required when visiting the Fire Station and inside the Airport Terminal. It is expected that responsible owners and operators shall have completed their own risk assessment for planned air operations at the Airport and will respect and adhere to the National Lockdown rules. NOTAMs have been issued explaining the revised opening hours, the ATC service available and the need to provide 24 hours’ notice should RFFS Category 2 be required for a flight.
We have Jet A1 and AVGAS available and payment must be made by card or on account. The Hummingbird restaurant closed just before Christmas and the management has announced that the facility will remain closed until further notice.
We are ready to support those who need to fly throughout this difficult time and would like to remind aviators to note the PPR, read the EGKA NOTAMs for the latest information and be cognisant of the public information campaign to help prevent the R numbering increasing: HANDS, FACE, SPACE.