COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

 

As you have already noticed, the situation changes from hour to hour. In order to provide you with timely and correct information, the BCAA has created a specific “COVID-19 (Coronavirus)” web page. On this page the BCAA will regularly post information related to the Coronavirus that may be useful to you. May we therefore ask you to consult this page regularly.

 

Exemptions

The Belgian Civil Aviation Authority has granted some exemptions regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

 

domain topic link exemption
ACW / OPS / ATCO / CAW licences, ratings, endorsements, certificates and attestations  BCAA/Exemptions/COMB/2020-02 (PDF, 279.85 KB)
CAW airworthiness review certificate

  BCAA/Exemptions/TEC/2020-05 & BCAA/Exemptions/TEC/2020-06 (PDF, 1013.76 KB) (PDF, 1011.5 KB)

DG recurrent training programmes  C-OPS/RDA/26-03-2020 (PDF, 182.11 KB)

Explanation domains:

  • ACW: Aircrew
  • OPS: Air Operations
  • ATCO: Air Traffic Control Officer
  • CAW: Continuing Airworthiness
  • DG: Dangerous Goods

 

Belgian recommendations and other measures

Manned aviation

Following the ministerial decision of Wednesday March 18, 2020 concerning the urgent measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19, the following activities are prohibited:

  • gatherings
  • private activities of a sports and recreational nature

This means that all training and regular flights of a sports and recreational nature are prohibited. Only essential flights necessary to protect the vital interests of the Nation and the needs of the people are allowed. The BCAA is well aware that many training sessions, skill tests (proficiency checks) and proficiency checks (proficiency checks) are currently not possible due to corona problems. The BCAA, together with EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), is examining which measures can be taken for pilots whose rating (s) and certificates are about to expire.

 

The following measures apply in connection with training in or outside recognized training institutions (ATO / DTO):

  • Theory: Classroom lessons are prohibited. Currently, training can be given via video conference or in a virtual classroom;
  • Practice: The practical training and exercises in aircraft or simulators are prohibited.

In light of the government measures in the context of the fight against the Coronavirus, sending and receiving deliveries from BPost may be slightly delayed.

 

Drones

Gathering of persons and recreational activities are prohibited in accordance with the Ministerial Order of 18 March 2020 concerning urgent measures to limit the spread of the corona virus. For drone users, this means that training and exam flights are prohibited until 5 April 2020. Drone flights in controlled airspace (all CTRs, TMAs and even higher altitude controlled airspace) are prohibited.

 

Notams

The following notams (Notice to Airmen) are in effect:

B1410/20
From:19 MAR 20 17:22 Till:05 APR 20 11:00
Text:BELGIAN AIRSPACE: VFR FLT PROHIBITED, EXC MEDICAL, POLICE, SAR, STATE, MIL, MAINTENANCE, TECHNICAL INSPECTION FLT AND FLT TO ASSURE FUNCTIONING OF THE STATE

 

B1411/20
From:19 MAR 20 17:29 Till:05 APR 20 11:00 EST
Text:BELGIAN AIRSPACE: REMOTELY PILOTED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (RPAS) FLT IN CONTROLLED AIRSPACE, TRAINING FLT AND EXAMINATION FLT PROHIBITED, EXC MEDICAL, POLICE, SAR, STATE, MIL, TECHNICAL INSPECTION FLT AND FLT TO ASSURE FUNCTIONING OF THE STATE

 

Passenger rights

More information on the impact of the corona crisis on passenger rights can be found here.

 

Border crossings

The Belgian borders are closed to non-essential movements. However, the authorized flights are considered as an essential movement and therefore the quarantine rulesdo not apply to the Belgian or foreign crew of these flights. Belgian residents who work abroad (for example MUAC) are also allowed to cross the border.

 

 

Advice and info from international organisations

Here you will find useful links to the relevant pages or documents of international organisations and the European Union regarding the (management of the) current Covid-19 pandemic.

 

European Union

 

EASA

 

International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)

 

Eurocontrol

 

World Health Organisaton (WHO)

 

This page was updated on 30/03/2020 at 17:01.