As I am sure you all know by now, aerobatics at your home field (with Aerobatic Box) and aerobatics at you nearest GF is permitted once your application for the flight/s has been approved (a quick and easy exercise). If you have not utilised the system before, click on the link below for more information and proficiency/ recency flight requests:

http://www.aeroclub.org.za/proficiency-recency-flight-requests/

Just recently, we were given additional permissions by the CAA to hold events (training days, training camps and competitions) - see CAA General Notice below this paragraph. This permission was granted based on the creation & implementation a Standard Operating Procedure that will be used at any of our events and when followed mitigate the risks associated with Covid 19. Our SOP may be found on our web- site - click on the Briefing Room tab.  Details of these provisions may be found in the following CAA General Notice:

http://www.caa.co.za/Flight%20Operations%20Documents/General%20Notice%20GAD2020_003-COVID-19%20GA-RA%20Proficiency.pdf?utm_source=Aero+Club+Members&utm_campaign=1cb01f3ce5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_03_05_03_41_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_98d771bbe0-1cb01f3ce5-186541481

In practical terms, this is what this permission allows:  
 
1. Proficiency/ Recency - For pilots that do not have aerobatic cylinders at their home bases, the permission allows a pilot to fly from their home base to an airfield with an approved aerobatic box. Pilot is allowed to conduct as many training flights as necessary then once complete, return to their home airfield. Both airfields to be in the same province as no intra- provincial flight is permitted at present.       
2. Allows a group of pilots (not to exceed 50 persons in total) to congregate at an airfield with an approved aerobatic box for the purposes of training i.e. training day or camp. Pilots are allowed to conduct as many training flights as necessary then once complete, all pilots to return to their respective home airfields. Both airfields to be in the same province as no intra- provincial flight is permitted at present.       
3. Allows a group of pilots (not to exceed 50 persons in total) to congregate at an airfield with an approved aerobatic box for the purposes of an intra- provincial competition e.g. Gauteng pilots get together at FAVV for a small competition. On completion of the competition, all pilots to return to their respective home airfields.
 
In order to grant this permission, our members need to conform to the dictates of the SOP (found on our web- site – Briefing Room). It may seem rather complicated but in a nutshell the following must occur –
 
1. Ensure your Aeroclub and SAC membership is up to date.
2. Apply (via the first link above) for a proficiency/ recency flight – once approval comes through print it and ensure that it is on hand at the event.
3. Pre- Register on the SAC web- site either on the day of the event or at most the day before.
4. Appoint a Covid Compliance officer for the event (C/O Appointment letter and Covid Screening Register available on the web- site – Briefing Room). The Compliance officer will screen all persons – this info is sent to our Registrar.   
5. At the event, adhere to Covid infection avoidance protocols (contained in the SOP).
 
It is important that we conduct ourselves in a professional manner at these events ensuring that we adhere to the procedures put in place. One picture posted on social media of any one of our members breaking these rules may put this privilege in jeopardy. If there are any questions or you need help, feel free to contact me.
 
Regards,
Gary Glasson