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1st July – We’re Opening

Our Proposed COVID Re-Opening Plan.

Ground School 1st – 5th July

For anybody needing ground school we are offering all subjects for £99 each starting 1st July. Schedule to follow over the coming days.

Phase One Return To Flight – July 4th 2020

Initially we will be opening to students and currency flights for licence holders only. We will not be accepting any trial lessons or social visits at the moment. Should you wish to visit us this is by appointment only. All pilots must read, print off and sign a COVID declaration.

Hiring Aircraft & Currency Check

We have a strict 90 day policy on pilot currency, to protect pilots from skill fade induced risks. For this reason all private hiring pilots will require a briefing with an instructor and a currency check of up to 1 hours duration depending on competency on the flight. If you are currently a paying member you will be able to use your Free 2 hours instruction to cover the instructor costs. You will still need to pay for the aircraft hire and landing fee’s. You will then be able to hire an aircraft for periods of up to 1 hour only in July, whilst we catch up with the currency demand.

Phase Two – August 2020

COVID Precautions will be in place for the foreseeable future.

All current pilots will be able to hire aircraft. We will allow one passenger by request at this time, following our COVID guidelines. Students pilots will be able to participate in lessons. We shall still limit the number of people through the building and will still not be accepting visits without appointment.

We shall be operating a skeleton staff through these periods, so appreciate everyones patience and support during these times.

Look forward to seeing you all soon.

Keep safe and blue skies

Simon

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COVID Re-Opening Plan + 1st Online Ground School Starts Thursday

There has never been a better time to get your theory completed. As this is our very first online ground school, on this special occasion there is a whopping 30% discount. If you’re nearly ready to go solo or on your first solo navigation flight, it is mandatory that you at least have the school exams passed for Air law, Communications and Navigation. You can attend any of the 9 individual subjects or the entire course. You can attend from anywhere with a good internet connection. Find out more here>>

Our Proposed COVID Re-Opening Plan.

Phase One – July 2020

Subject to the government advice on flying with use of PPE at that time, our intention is to re-open in July. If we are still unable to open in July, we will remain closed until August. Our opening hours will be Tuesday to Saturday 08.30 – 17.30. We will be closed on Monday and Sunday until further notice, to work in line with the airports opening times.

Initially we will be opening to students and currency flights for licence holders only. We will not be accepting any trial lessons or social visits at the moment. Should you wish to visit us this is by appointment only. You must follow our COVID guidelines of which will be published prior to re-opening. This will include measures you must follow onsite and what PPE you need to equip yourself with in order to visit or fly with us.

Hiring Aircraft & Currency Check

We have a strict 90 day policy on pilot currency, to protect pilots from skill fade induced risks. For this reason all private hiring pilots will require a briefing with an instructor and a currency check of up to 1 hours duration depending on competency on the flight. If you are currently a paying member you will be able to use your Free 2 hours instruction to cover the instructor costs. You will still need to pay for the aircraft hire and landing fee’s. You will then be able to hire an aircraft for periods of up to 1 hour only in July, whilst we catch up with the currency demand.

Phase Two – August 2020

COVID Precautions will be in place for the foreseeable future.

All current pilots will be able to hire aircraft. We will allow one passenger by request at this time, following our COVID guidelines. Students pilots will be able to participate in lessons. We shall still limit the number of people through the building and will still not be accepting visits without appointment.

We shall be operating a skeleton staff through these periods, so appreciate everyones patience and support during these times.

Look forward to seeing you all soon.

Keep safe and blue skies

Simon

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Covid 19 CAA Exemption Update

Due to the unprecedented nature of the Covid 19 pandemic there will be many of you who are unsure of where they stand in terms of licensing and training.

We recently attended a webinar which was hosted by a senior CAA examiner, this explained some of the exemptions which the CAA have made in order to ease the transition when it is safe to fly again. The exemptions which are relevant to students and licence holders are outlined below.

Theoretical Exams

The period of time required to pass all the examinations from the date of the first exam attempt has been extended from 18 months to 24 months. The period of time to complete the flight training after the last exam has been extended to 22nd Nov 2020. 

SEP Ratings

If your SEP rating expires between 16th Mar – 31st Oct this can be extended to 22nd Nov. In order to extend this you will need to receive a briefing from an examiner or suitably qualified instructor. This briefing will take about an hour and will be a refresher on various aspects of flying. We are planning to deliver this online via Zoom.

Once this briefing is complete you will be sent a temporary airman certificate which you must keep with your licence.

It is worth noting that if your SEP is due to expire yet you have already met the requirements you can get a revelation as normal by just getting an examiner to sign your licence. If you can do this please do as it will give you 2 years instead of until the 22nd Nov. 

LAPL

LAPL validity is slightly different to the SEP rating on a PPL. However the premise for extending is similar to that for SEP.

The usual period for LAPL is the rolling 24 month system, you must have done the 12 hours, flight with instructor etc in the 24 months preceding the date you want to fly on. 

This rolling period can be extended to 22nd Nov again with a briefing as per SEP.

Other Ratings

The usual period to get a night rating has been extended from 6 months from the start of the course to 22nd Nov 2020. 


If an IR or IR(R) expires between 16th Mar – 31st Oct this can be extended to 22nd Nov. The procedure is much the same as the SEP rating with the pilot requiring a briefing. However in this case the briefing can only be delivered by an Examiner with IR privileges.

Going Forward

We are currently working on the briefing for SEP extension and hope to have this live in the next week or so. Further details will be posted on the website.

If you are affected by any of the above please feel free to get in touch to discuss further, as always we are here to help!

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New Online Ground School Training

We have new online ground school courses and tuition. Bringing an instructor to you wherever you are. One to one, any subject or in individual modules. Platinum Members – Get 10% OFF.

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COVID-19 Updates

Business as normal….

Although we have not had any in house cases of COVID-19, we are reviewing the government advice daily, but at this stage we are operating as normal, providing flights and ground training one to one or in very small groups. We also have skype lessons available.

We have put the following measures in place to ensure the safety of our staff and customers:

Operations / Bookings

We have reduced our operations onsite staffing to one member in per day, re routing the phone calls to a member of staff working from home. This is to reduce that chances of passing infection. This will not effect our operational efficiency or your ability to make bookings.

Onsite & aircraft hygiene

We are committed to providing additional hygiene precautions throughout and are twice daily disinfecting offices. We have provided disinfectant wipes for staff and customers to use for cleaning keyboards, aircraft yokes and equipment etc.

Aircraft and simulator yokes / controls are disinfected before and after use

We have hand sanitiser available to use.

We are now flying with face masks and providing faces masks for students also.

Students and visitors flying with us maybe scanned for high temperature with a handheld infra red thermometer. We shall reserve the right to not fly with anyone who we believe to be showing symptoms.

When you shouldn’t visit

We urge students or visitors to not visit us if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

Cold or Flu like symptoms, cough or high temperature

Please during these periods do not visit us just for social reasons, but only if you are booked in. We are a very social group and would like to keep in touch with you during these difficult times, so please feel free to contact us via phone, email or social media if you want to talk to us for any reason and if necessary we can arrange a meeting in person.

We would also urge our more senior members to be extra cautious in terms of hygiene and visits.

What if I’m self Isolating?

Well there are still things you can do to progress your training.

If you are looking to revise this is a great time. We can post you out the books required or arrange to have electronic versions of the revision material sent to you.

Have a lesson from home….

We are also offering one to one ground tuition via Skype or Google Hang outs

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Vampire Jet Display, Xmas Offers, New Courses & More

Christmas Special Offers – Huge Savings

Great gifts for pilots and aspiring pilots. https://almat.co.uk/special-offers/

New Virtual Courses

For pilots and student pilots of any ability. To help boost confidence in your abilities in a stress free environment. https://almat.co.uk/flight-school-pilot-flying-learn-to-fly/flying-lessons-pilot-lessons-pilot-training-courses/pilot-training-courses/

Vampire Jet Display 7/12/2019

Fly alongside the beautiful Vampire jet, and get to look at them up close and get photos. Full details here – https://almat.co.uk/event/get-up-close-and-personal-with-a-vampire-jet/

Theory Exam Masterclass 5/12/2019 – 9/12/2019

Early bird discount of just £499, saving you £100. All 9 theory subjects nailed in just 5 days or book the individual modules required, then sit your exams with us – https://almat.co.uk/event/pilot-theory-exam-course-intensive-modular/

Christmas party at the Oak 13/12/2019

Join us for a Christmas meal and drinks at the Oak Pub, members and family welcome https://almat.co.uk/event/christmas-party-2/

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New Plane + 737 Sim, Fireworks and SkyDemon Events

This Months events include our 737 simulator night with a pub meal after. Also fireworks night (family and friends welcome) and our SkyDemon Masterclass. Here is a link to our members events for the details & booking – https://almat.co.uk/members/members-hub/.

Welcome PA-28 G-TEFC

This aircraft is the latest addition to our fleet and is in great condition. It´s performance is better than its predecessor G-BRFM. Better still, due to increased efficiency in running costs we can hire it out a a lower rate. If the aircraft is popular we shall explore share options for members to buy later next year. For more detailed information and photos visit – https://almat.co.uk/shop/piper-pa28-g-tefc/