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Covid 19 - Flight Operations (as of Saturday 13th June 2020)

All Members,

I’m very pleased to let you know that, following the NSW Premier’s announcement that outdoor gatherings of up to 20 people, for recreational purposes, will be allowed in NSW from Saturday 13th June, advice has now been received from our state body that airfields can be reopened, subject to the limitation of 20 people and observance of the social distancing requirements.

I appreciate that everyone is keen to get their hand back to flying as soon as possible and expect that there will be an initial rush of people wanting to get back to the field.

Bearing this in mind, and ensuring that we comply with the 20 person limit and social distancing requirements, the following is proposed:

  • We must still observe the 1.5 metres for social distancing. No hugging, handshaking, cuddling or kissing, however much you’ve missed your clubmates.
  • Only members will be able to attend. Please refrain from bringing any family or other non-members to the field as their attendance will restrict our ability to maximise flight time available for our members.
  • Upon arrival, please ensure that you sign in and that some cones are placed in the pilot’s box to ensure that pilots stand the required distance apart.
  • If you can, try and come at one of the quieter times. A number of members work Monday to Friday and are only able to fly on weekends. Where possible, please endeavour to accommodate them wherever possible.
  • It is more important than ever that everyone signs in upon arrival so that tracing will be possible in the event that any contagion is discovered.
  • Once 20 people are at the field, no one else may be in attendance. The Club can be fined $5,000 and any individuals on-site at the time $1,000 each if this is not complied with.

This is great news and I am sure that we are all keen to catch up again and try out those new models and improvements to old ones.

Hoping to catch up with you in the coming weeks !

Safe return to flying,
Ian Friery
President HEMFC


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