Flying can resume in Northern Ireland

Recreational flying in Northern Ireland allowed as part of the easing of lockdown.

An email from the office of the Peter Weir, Member of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly for Strangford has confirmed that Private Solo Flights can take place again. The DfT has confirmed that this decision is one for the Northern Ireland Executive.

Guidelines must be followed. “Private solo flights can therefore take place as long as it doesn't involve the sharing of hard surfaces. So, people from different households aren't using the same equipment, planes etc.”

This is a little different to the England position which allows sharing flights with a member of your own household and no bar on sharing an aircraft.

This is great news, and all before the weather has broken.

Our thanks to Joe McCarrison, for making the initial contact and Gary Loughran for bringing it to my attention.

Geoff Weighell