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30th May 2020 - A new Guernsey Advisory Circular (GAC) 91-1 has been published. The purpose of this Guernsey Advisory Circular (GAC) is to present to applicants guidance for obtaining approval for data link communications and surveillance operations, including Performance-Based Communication and Surveillance (PBCS).


30th May 2020- COVID-19 - Coronavirus Guidance for General Aviation Issue 2 

Effective from 00:01 Saturday 30 May 2020 

In accordance with the commencement of Phase 4 of the Covid-19 lockdown exit strategy and following further discussions with the States of Guernsey's Public Health Services' team, Guernsey Ports have updated the guidelines for general aviation which take effect from 00:01 Saturday 30 May 2020. 

The guidance below sets out the following: 

Changes to the current restrictions to allow general aviation flights and activities, subject to some remaining controls.

General Aviation aircraft owners and pilots are now permitted to operate their aircraft as follows: 

1: Recreational Flying and GA Maintenance Flights 

 All flights should continue to be arranged with a minimum of 24 hours' notice through their appointed fixed based operator or the Guernsey Aero Club. 

 All flights require prior permission with a minimum of 24 hours' notice using the published 'Prior Permission Required' (PPR) process. 

 All flights will be operated within the current published operating hours of Guernsey and Alderney Airports. Airport extensions are not available. 

 Aircraft must have a valid airworthiness certificate (CofA, Permit or Permit Flight Release Certificate) before flights can take place. (Reminder - Aircraft operated on a Permit to Fly also require an exemption from the DCA to be operated in Channel Islands Air space). 

 Aircraft owners and pilots may be accompanied by persons, subject to maintaining the appropriate social distance between individuals, as set out in the current public health guidelines. 

 Surfaces and objects that are touched regularly should be frequently cleaned and disinfected thoroughly using appropriate products and equipment on board the aircraft. 

 Pilots are no longer limited to the frequency and duration of flight although the restrictions to leave local air space remain. 

 All flights are required to take off and directly land back at their airport of origin unless an alternative flight plan has been specifically authorised. 

2: Aircraft Maintenance Ferry Flights 

Ferry flights are permitted for the purpose of aircraft maintenance subject to the following conditions: 

 All ferry flights are subject to Guernsey border control requirements and, as such, the Port Critical Worker Scheme application process must be followed. Further information is provided as follows: 

www.airport.gg/criticalworkertravel 

 All ferry flights require prior permission with a minimum of 24 hours' notice using the published 'Prior Permission Required' (PPR) process. 

3: Paragliding and Hand Gliding 

Paragliding and Hang-Gliding activities may resume in accordance with current, established arrangements and procedures. 


8th May 2020 - A new Guernsey Advisory Circular (GAC) 119-1 has been published providing aditional information on the requirements for AOC Nominated Postholder qualifications. It is valid with immediate effect


28th April 2020 - Certificates of Validation

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to adversely affect the aviation world in many ways, one of which is with regards to flight crew maintaining the validity of their licences/ratings, as well as that of operational checks.

With regards to flight crew licences, The Director of Civil Aviation issues Certificates of Validation's for the Bailiwick of Guernsey, eligibility for which is based upon the individual pilot holding a current licence, issued in accordance with Annex 1 by another ICAO Member State.

In the current circumstances some ICAO Member States are finding it necessary to issue extensions/exemptions to their requirements in order to permit flight crew licences to remain valid.

This Notice is to remind all pilots and operators that a CoV only remains valid if the licence of the State of Issue, including its associated ratings and medical certificate, comply with the requirements of that State of Issue.

The Director of Civil Aviation has no authority to issue extensions/exemptions to these licences, only the State of Issue can do this, and Certificates of Validation become invalid if no such extensions/exemptions have been issued when required by the licence holder.

All pilots and operators are reminded to check the validity of their own licences and those of pilots acting as flight crew within their operation, regarding the State of Issue requirements, including any extensions/exemptions that have been issued.

If at any time the State of Issue licence requirements, including validity of medical certificates, are not complied with, that would render the Certificates of Validation invalid. That licence holder must not fly a Bailiwick of Guernsey or Jersey registered aircraft and The Director of Civil Aviation  must be notified of this fact by the operator.

If extensions/exemptions have been issued by the State of Issue and are being used to maintain the validity of that licence and, therefore, the Certificates of Validation, then such use must be notified to The Director of Civil Aviation by the operator for acceptance. Notification must include sending copies of the applicable exemptions/extensions being used.

 


3rd April 2020 -  2 new GSIBs have been published providing safety information on CO Contamination Minimisation & Detection in GA Aircraft and Piston Engine Low Utilisation Maintenance Practices 
 



30th March 2020 - Extension to validity of OPC, LVO, CRM / HF, SEP, CCPC, and Line Checks:

In order to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on an operator's ability to utilise Flight and Cabin Crew when the normal validity of either the Operator's Proficiency Check, CRM/Human Factors, SEP, Low Visibility Operations, Cabin Crew Proficiency Check or Line Check has expired, The Director of Civil Aviation for the Bailiwick of Guernsey exempts under Section 131 of the Air Navigation (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2012, the requirements of GAR 121/135.950, GAR 121/135.980(c), GAR 121/135.985(c), GAR 121/135.1115(a), GAR 121/135.1120(a),  GAR 121/135.1125(a), GAR 121/135.1130(a), GAR 121/135.1155 (a), and Appendix I to SPA.015.LVO as relating to validity periods as follows:-

OPC:               Expiry prior to 31 October 2020, extension to 31 October 2020

Line Check:    Expiry prior to 31 October 2020, extension to 31 October 2020

LVO:               Expiry prior to 31 October 2020, extension to 31 October 2020

CRM/HF:        Expiry prior to 31 October 2020, extension to 31 October 2020

SEP:                Expiry prior to 31 October 2020, extension to 31 October 2020

CCPC:             Expiry prior to 31 October 2020, extension to 31 October 2020


Operators seeking to exercise this exemption are to make a request to their 2-REG Flight Operations Inspector, giving 14 days' notice, and submit their revised Operations Manual Part D, or applicable Crew Notice, along with a risk assessment in accordance with their Safety Management System procedures.  The use of alternative training methods for those Flight and Cabin Crew exercising these exemptions should be incorporated to provide mitigation against the increased validity period. It is expected that some retraining of the Flight crew will be required before the next OPC or Line Check is conducted.

This exemption remains in force until 31 October 2020.


26th March 2020- The Office of the DCA is acutely aware of the current Covid -19 uncertainty and concern for our industry and travellers in the Bailiwicks.  We are constantly reviewing international best practice, and in accordance with our States guidance, all of us are working from home to continue operations as normal.  Everyone remains in contact via email or mobile phone and available to support your ongoing business.  Communications are open 24 hours. All contact details are in the contact icon on our website.

We understand that during the next few months, we will need to be flexible in our regulatory approach in order to support you. We will work as closely as possible with you during this challenging time to ensure that the safety of our airspace and the security of our airfields are maintained.


17th February 2020 - New issue of GAR 91,125 and GAR 91,125 and 135 have been published under the Guernsey Aircraft Registry tile on the home page and become effective on 17 April 2020

17th February 2020 - Guernsey aviation legislation, Guernsey Aviation Requirements (GARs), Guernsey Advisory Circulars (GACs) and Guernsey Information Safety Bulletins (GSIBs), can now be found under the Guernsey Aircraft Registry tile.

17th February 2020 - Jersey aviation legislation can now be found under the Jersey Aircraft Registry tile and is subject to ongoing population as more information is published.


14th February 2019 - Charges for the issue of Foreign Carrier Permits became active in Guernsey on the 14th February 2019. Charges for Jersey became active on the 6th March 2019.


 

 

 

Latest News - Jersey Aircraft Registry

 

16th May 2020 - GENERAL AVIATION RECREATIONAL FLIGHTS AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE FERRY FLIGHTS (COVID-19 Restrictions)

Following the Government of Jersey Safe Exit Framework (Stage 3) further representation has been made to the Travel and Borders group in relation to General Aviation operations.

As a result, Government has further relaxed the restrictions imposed on General Aviation and from Saturday 16th May 2020:

Paragliding and Hang-Gliding activities may resume in accordance with established arrangements.

General Aviation aircraft owners / operators are now permitted to conduct aircraft flights on the following basis:

 

i.         Ferry Flights. A relaxation of border controls has been introduced to permit aircraft ferry flights for the purpose of aircraft maintenance.

 

Criteria for Ferry Flights:

a)   Ferry flights remain subject to the Government border control requirements and as such Pre-Travel Authorisation and Prior Permission Required (PPR) is required for these flights. (Pilots will be subject to Government Restrictions on return to the island. i.e. 14-day self - isolation etc.) Pilots should refer to current NOTAM procedures for PPR.

ii.         Local Area General Aviation Recreational Flying. A relaxation of the current General Aviation restrictions in order to permit local owners / operators of private aircraft to conduct recreational and maintenance flights within the local area. Pilots may also now be accompanied by members of their own household.

Criteria for the conduct of Local Area Recreational Flights at Jersey:

a)     Only recreational and maintenance flights by fully qualified pilots are permitted. Pilots conducting recreational flights may only be accompanied by members of their own household. No other flights, including instructional sorties are permitted. Aircraft must not be rented-out or flown for financial gain.

b)     Aircraft must have a valid airworthiness certificate (CofA, Permit or Permit Flight Release Certificate) before flights can take place. (Reminder - Aircraft operated on a Permit to Fly also require an exemption from the DCA to be operated in Channel Island Airspace).

c)      These provisions apply equally to Channel Island, UK and non-UK registered GA aircraft operating in Channel Island airspace.

d)     At all times, the measures outlined by the Government of Jersey to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19, such as social/physical distancing, personal hygiene and minimising time and travel away from home remain applicable, and pilots and their passengers undertaking flights on the basis permitted here, must observe these.

e)     These flights are restricted to promulgated Airport opening times and notified categories of Fire cover.

f)      All Local Area flights are not subject to the current formal Pre-Travel Authorisation and PPR requirements; however; all flights must be booked out with the ATC Supervisor (Tel. 446086) with at least 1hrs notice.

g)     Flights are restricted to the Local Training Areas, Circuits and Round Island flights. Cross-country flights will not be permitted.

 

Airfield Access:


Jersey Airport will continue to permit access to aircraft parked at the airport in order to facilitate flights or in order that the aircraft may be checked by owners, during their daily Government Approved exercise/away from home period.Airfield Access:

Access to the airfield is limited to promulgated aerodrome opening times.

Note: Due to the ongoing closure of the Jersey Aero Club due to the Covid-19 restrictions access to the Aero Club Grass, Apron and Hangar is restricted to 1200-1600 local daily in accordance with the procedures below.

Social/Physical Distancing must be practiced at all times.

 

Airfield access contact points: Subject to the usual airfield access restrictions: -  High Visibility Vest/Jacket to be worn - Photo ID should be carried.

o    JAL Hangar:                                                  Mont a la Brun

o    Eastern Apron and Stand 40:                         GAMA Aviation

o    Jersey Aero Club Grass, Apron and Hangar: (1200-1600 local only)

•        Mr. Richard Hawkin       email: richard.hawkin@aopa.co.uk

         AOPA Director - Channel Islands

•        Channel Island Aero Services Limited email: admin@ciasl.co.uk

Channel Island Aero Services Limited have returned to work whilst observing government guidelines in relation to physical distancing and hygiene measures. Please contact: admin@ciasl.co.uk

 

Engine Running: Low Power

Start Up permission should be requested from ATC on 119.455. Please report, callsign, aircraft type and parking location on first call.

Light Aircraft at the aero club may reposition onto the grass area to an appropriate location to ensure prop-wash will not damage any other aircraft or buildings.

Engine Running should normally be restricted to less than 5 minutes.

High-Power engine running, or engine running in excess of 5 minutes which would normally involve taxiing to a remote hold requires the prior approval of the ATC Supervisor. Tel. 446086

These procedures are subject to continuous review in accordance with ongoing Government requirements and will updated as necessary to keep all informed.


10th May 2020 - Two new Jersey Advisory Circulars have been published providing further details on Pilot and Engineer's licence validations.


 

1st May 2020 - Issue 1 (Initial) Jersey Aviation Requirements (JARQs) and Jersey Aviation Circulars (JACs) have been published on the Jersey Aircraft Registry section of this website.
 


28 April 2020 - Certificates of Validation

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to adversely affect the aviation world in many ways, one of which is with regards to flight crew maintaining the validity of their licences/ratings, as well as that of operational checks.

With regards to flight crew licences, The Director of Civil Aviation issues Certificates of Validations for the Bailiwick of Jersey, eligibility for which is based upon the individual pilot holding a current licence, issued in accordance with Annex 1 by another ICAO Member State.

In the current circumstances some ICAO Member States are finding it necessary to issue extensions/exemptions to their requirements in order to permit flight crew licences to remain valid.

This Notice is to remind all pilots and operators that a CoV only remains valid if the licence of the State of Issue, including its associated ratings and medical certificate, comply with the requirements of that State of Issue.

The Director of Civil Aviation has no authority to issue extensions/exemptions to these licences, only the State of Issue can do this, and Certificates of Validation become invalid if no such extensions/exemptions have been issued when required by the licence holder.

All pilots and operators are reminded to check the validity of their own licences and those of pilots acting as flight crew within their operation, regarding the State of Issue requirements, including any extensions/exemptions that have been issued.

If at any time the State of Issue licence requirements, including validity of medical certificates, are not complied with, that would render the Certificates of Validation invalid. That licence holder must not fly a Bailiwick of Guernsey or Jersey registered aircraft and The Director of Civil Aviation  must be notified of this fact by the operator.

If extensions/exemptions have been issued by the State of Issue and are being used to maintain the validity of that licence and, therefore, the Certificates of Validation, then such use must be notified to The Director of Civil Aviation by the operator for acceptance. Notification must include sending copies of the applicable exemptions/extensions being used.

 


7th April 2020- Exemption

Exemption from the Requirement for Rigid Outer Packaging for Biological Substances, Category B, UN3373 samples

The Director of Civil Aviation (the "DCA"), in pursuance of his functions under the Civil Aviation (Jersey) Law 2008 (the "2008 Law") and in the exercise of his powers under Article 81 of the Air Navigation (Jersey) Law 2014 (the "2014 Law"), and Part 1;1.1.3 of the Technical Instructions:

1. hereby exempts:

(i) any Jersey, Guernsey or UK shipper and agent thereof;

(ii) any agent of a Jersey, Guernsey or UK operator,

(iii) any Jersey, Guernsey or UK operator; and

(iv) Royal Mail Group Plc, Jersey Post International Limited and its subsidiaries, and Guernsey Post Ltd

from Part 1;2.3.2(b) and 2) c) of Packing Instruction 650 of the Technical Instructions;

in so far as, that rigid outer packaging is not required for test kit samples containing biological substances, Category B, UN3373,

2. In Addition, the DCA exempts any aircraft operator from the provisions of Part 1;2.3.2(b) and from 2) c) of Packing Instruction 650 of the Technical Instructions in so far as, that rigid outer packaging is not required for test kit samples containing Biological substances, Category B, UN 3373.

3. This exemption is granted subject to the following conditions:

(i) This exemption is issued to meet the urgent operational needs of a limited duration to unforeseeable circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 virus.

(ii) This exemption has effect from the date it is signed until 2 June 2020, both dates inclusive, unless previously revoked.

4. Technical Instructions" have the meaning given in the Specified Requirements made for the purposes of the 2014 Law.

Explanatory Notes:

1) Jersey law makes provision for specified requirements, directions and instructions from the DCA and these mandate that dangerous goods be carried in accordance with the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air published by ICAO (the Technical Instructions). Under that document, the carriage of dangerous goods must either comply with the specific requirements applicable to the particular dangerous goods or be carried in accordance with an exemption permitted by that document.

2) This is such an exemption, authorising the carriage of the specified dangerous goods without complying with the specific applicable requirements.

3) Dangerous Goods carried in accordance with this exemption are carried in accordance with the Technical Instructions and thus in accordance with Specified Requirements for the purposes of Jersey law.
 


20th February 2020 - Directive

The Director of Civil Aviation (the "DCA"), in pursuance both of his functions under the Civil Aviation (Jersey) Law 2008 (the "2008 Law") and his powers under the Air Navigation (Jersey) Law 2014 (the "2014 Law") (and in particular under Articles 53 (Operation of aircraft), 82 (Prohibition on carriage of dangerous goods) and 165 (Arrangements for giving effect to the Convention on International Civil Aviation) thereof) gives the following directions and instructions for the avoidance of all doubt which shall be treated as part of the "specified requirements" for the purposes of the 2014 Law:

In order to ensure that Jersey carries out arrangements as are necessary, requisite or expedient for carrying out the Convention on International Civil Aviation 1944 (the "Chicago Convention") and implementing Annexes or amendments to the Chicago Convention or made in accordance with the Chicago Convention, and to ensure safety of international air navigation in accordance with the 2008 Law, the DCA directs, instructs, and requires that regard be had to the 2019-2020 English language edition of the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, approved and published by decision of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (the "Technical Instructions") and, in particular (and without any limitation to the foregoing), hereby directs, instructs, and requires that any articles or substances that are identified in the Technical Instructions as "dangerous goods" are identified as such for the purposes of Part 12 of the 2014 Law.
 


 

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