31st March 2020
With such a fluid and dynamic environment, it is necessary to strongly advise against all General Aviation operations with exemptions only for essential work which is clearly defined in both Bailiwicks Government advisories.
I have been approached by numerous owners of private aircraft with concerns that their aircraft will incur significant problems if they are not flown or engine runs not conducted.
I appreciate that this will cause concern and I am acutely aware that the repositioning of airport staff is in progress to assist in other crucial areas and therefore any additional requirement for extra staff to facilitate private aircraft operation in this critical period is not an option.
It is with regret that I must advise against any private aviation operations and I am currently gaining information from engine manufacturers on what procedures will be required when an aircraft has not conducted a flight or engine run over 30/60/90 days. This information will be posted on our website as soon as we have this information.
The situation is very challenging, and I appreciate that you may have many questions. We will try to answer as many as we can, so please engage with us.
Please Take Care
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.