COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

 

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.

 

 Light aviation

In addition to article 5 of the Ministerial Decree (MD) of 28 October 2020, as amended, the BCAA informs about what is possible for the activities in the field of aviation from 9 June 2021. These instructions remain applicable until further notice. It is recalled that these explanatory notes to the MB of 28 October 2020 as amended 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 law enforcement. Likewise, the BCAA will monitor the application of these guidelines.

 

More information about these measures can be found here (Dutch) or here (French). Unfortunately, there is no English translation of these documents.

 

Commercial passenger transportation

In the context of COVID-19 and the resumption of commercial passenger aviation activities as from 8 June 2020 and until further notice, any airport operator will have to apply the health measures detailed in this  document (PDF, 268.09 KB) (Dutch) or in this  document (PDF, 235.36 KB) (French). Any passenger airline operating on Belgian territory is invited to enforce the health measures detailed in the aforementioned document (see also the news release " Measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (PDF, 250.63 KB)").

 

Exemptions and approvals

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

 

domain topic link exemption
ACW / OPS / ATCO / CAW licences, ratings, endorsements, certificates and attestations

 BCAA/Exemptions/COMB/2020-03 (PDF, 166.97 KB)

Attachment to Part-FCL licences
 DG recurrent training programmes

 C-OPS/RDA/17-12-2020 (PDF, 176.24 KB)

C-OPS/RDA/26-03-2020 (expired)

ACW licences, ratings, endorsements, certificates and attestations

 BCAA/Exemptions/FCL/2021-0 (PDF, 170.84 KB) 2 (PDF, 172.63 KB)

 Attachment to Part-FCL licences (PDF, 299.87 KB)

 BCAA/Exemptions/FCL/2020-01 (PDF, 279.82 KB) (expired)

 BCAA/Exemptions/FCL/2020-05 (PDF, 170.84 KB) (expired)

 FAQ (PDF, 108.69 KB) (only in French and Dutch)

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)

Explanation domains:

  • 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.

 

Drones

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.

More information about measures related to drone flights can be found here (only in Dutch) or here (only in French).

 

Passenger rights

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

 

Prolongation licenses

A Royal Decree and a Ministerial Decree containing measures to permit the temporary prolongation of licenses for ULM, balloon and paramotor pilots were approved on 10 July.

The BCAA is well aware that due to the new COVID-19 measures of November 2020, many training sessions, skills tests (skill tests) and proficiency checks (proficiency checks) cannot take place. The BCAA, together with EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), is examining which measures can be taken for pilots whose rating (s), certificates and certificates will soon expire. These measures will be published on this website as soon as possible under the heading COVID-19.

 

 

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

This page provides an overview of all EASA's coronavirus related information.

 

International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)

 

Eurocontrol

 

World Health Organisaton (WHO)

 

This page was updated on 08/06/2021 at 16:21.