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COVID-19: No additional wide ranging exemptions planned

The CAA has issued a significant number of exemptions to help aviation cope with the impact of the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions. Currently, they don’t plan to issue any wide-ranging exemptions for the current lockdown when the current set end on 22 November.

Under the current lockdown restrictions the Department for Transport has confirmed that engine health and maintenance check flights and flights to maintain currency are allowed. These should only be conducted where there is an urgent requirement, and where alternative options are not available. The CAA believe flying skills cannot be sustained in the long term by exemptions.

There are some elements of commercial aviation that are important to the response to COVID-19 which will be considered for exemptions. Consideration will also be given to those undergoing training towards commercial flying qualifications.

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