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.
Restart light aviation
In addition to the Ministerial Decree (MB) of 08 May 2020, the BCAA informs about what is possible for activities in the field of light aviation from 11 May 2020 0001h. These instructions remain applicable until further notice. It is recalled that these explanatory notes to the MB of 08 May 2020 do not replace or change the national, European and international rules and obligations that apply in the civil aviation sector. These guidelines will also be distributed to the security forces. The BCAA will also monitor the application of these directives. More information about these measures can be found here (PDF, 357.53 KB) (only in Dutch) or here (PDF, 346.36 KB) (only in French).
The Belgian Civil Aviation Authority has granted some exemptions regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
|ACW / OPS / ATCO / CAW||licences, ratings, endorsements, certificates and attestations|
|Attachment to Part-FCL licences (PDF, 153.32 KB)|
|CAW||airworthiness review certificate|
|DG||recurrent training programmes||C-OPS/RDA/26-03-2020 (PDF, 182.11 KB)|
|ACW||licences, ratings, endorsements, certificates and attestations|
FAQ (PDF, 74.4 KB) (only in French and Dutch)
|CAW||Postponement of applicability date of latest amendment to Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 (art 3 and art 4)||BCAA-Exemptions-TEC-2020-08 (PDF, 107.53 KB)|
|ACW||Deferral of full implementation of new licensing requirements for balloon pilots||BCAA/Exemptions/FCL/2020-02 (PDF, 200.44 KB)|
|ACW||Deferral of applicability of requirements on PBN training||BCAA/Exemptions/FCL/2020-03 (PDF, 145.48 KB)|
|ACW||Deferral of full implementation of new licensing requirements for sailplane pilots||BCAA/Exemptions/FCL/2020-04 (PDF, 193.71 KB)|
- ACW: Aircrew
- OPS: Air Operations
- ATCO: Air Traffic Control Officer
- CAW: Continuing Airworthiness
- DG: Dangerous Goods
Belgian recommendations and other measures
Theoretical examinations for pilot licences
In the context of the coronavirus crisis, the theoretical examinations for obtaining a pilot's licence or a rating (ATPL, CPL, IR for aeroplane or helicopter, private pilot for aeroplane, helicopter or glider, microlight or national balloon), the didactic examinations for the microlight and paramotor instructor rating, as well as the radiotelephony examinations are cancelled until 3rd May included.
Following the recent adjustment of measures taken to combat COVID-19, certain restrictions on RPAS (drones) flights will be lifted from 4 May 2020. However, a distinction should be made between RPAS flights for professional purposes and those for recreational purposes and model aviation. Naturally, the ministerial decree on urgent measures to limit the spread of the corona virus COVID-19 also applies to pilots and operators of drones and to model flying.
Continuous airworthiness aircraft
More information regarding maintenance flights and the continuing airworthiness of aircraft during this COVID-19 period can be found here (PDF, 190.41 KB).
More information on the impact of the corona crisis on passenger rights can be found here.
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.
- Overview of measures token on mobility at European Union level, including the recently published guidelines on passenger rights in commercial air transport
- Overview of measures with an impact on mobility and transport per EU Member State, including air traffic
- Measures taken by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the safe operation of existing air traffic, including guidelines for crew
- Interim guidance on Aircraft Cleaning and Disinfection (PDF, 604.9 KB)
- COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol. Operational Guidelines for the management of air passengers and aviation personnel in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
- Information related to actions taken by ICAO
- Communication regarding the economic impact of the current situation on the aviation sector
World Health Organisaton (WHO)
This page was updated on 21/05/2020 at 09:16.