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JRH

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#1
I found this on The BMAA website as redirect to government website. Does this imply microlight flying is permissible in Tier four? What is the definition of a short distance?
Restrictions on GA activities
Private pilots can only take part in sport or leisure activities where they take place in the open air – this can be alone, with their household, support bubble, or, when alone, with one person from another household. This should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your Tier 4 area to do so if necessary, for example, to access an open space. Social distancing measures should be in place and observed at all times.
 
#2
No.
You need to read all of it and the Rules for Tier 4 areas that is a further link to follow.
Basically, flying itself is not banned, but simply going for a leisure flight is not an adequate reason to leave home - so you can't do it.
The guidance allows things like engine health flights where the engine manufacturers guidance calls for them. If you fly an aircraft with a Lycoming you can do this (max of 30 mins per month), but Geoff at the BMAA has pointed out that no engines used in microlights have a stipulation by their manufacturer that calls for them - so we can't even do that!
Microlights are grounded in Tier 4.

(Edit to add - it is a poorly worded notice so I sympathize. I'm in Tier 4 too btw)
 
#3
Welcome to Tier 4 guys - at least most of you're not in Essex [news link]
Most of the Estuary half of the county are running at over a thousand cases per 100k population; and to think we used to think over 100 cases per 100k was bad.

Roll on the jabs!
 
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