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Coronavirus UK lockdown, some temporary rules (restrictions now removed).

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:58 pm
by CivilianAviation
In line with yesterday's announcement from the Government, we need to make our position clear. Our aviation hobbies - mainly spotting and photography of aviation, is not an essential activity and thus we should not be venturing out to pursue the hobby.
To keep us compliant with the Government rules any posts on this site that relate to photography or logs relating to UK locations during the shutdown that are clearly not ‘at home spotting’ or from a 'permitted work place' e.g. airfield photos, logs and visits made after 23rd March will have to be removed from the forum to demonstrate our compliance and for the poster's good.

You will notice that we have stated 'photographs and logs relating to the UK' , we are aware of and grateful for the posts we receive from locations beyond the UK and we will be happy for those to continue provided they comply with the relevant rules at the time in the country of their origin.

Regarding our photo competitions:
POTM: any photos taken AFTER 23rd March will be excluded unless taken from one’s place of residence or ‘permitted work place’. We may have to suspend POTM after this month if the shutdown looks like continuing much more that the initial 3 weeks.
SPOTM: it should be possible for this to continue but the same temporary rule re photos after 23rd March will need to apply so entrants will need to go through their photo libraries. I've looked at the calendar and I think the only subject that may need altering is the September one for 2020 airshows (hopefully we will be over this before then but who knows!

As stated previously any photos taken before 23rd of March can still be posted so hopefully we can keep the forum active with interesting photos from our collections - it's a very good time to use the 'Nostalgia' section!

We must all do our part, no matter how small it may be, in keeping the wider population safe. This is unprecedented times in our generation and we will be monitoring the situation and amending or adding temporary rules accordingly.
Please ensure that all posts comply with these requirements, the admin team have enough to do to keep themselves and families safe and well without having to continually monitor posts. thank you.

Sensible debate and questions on this post are welcomed but please do NOT (yes I'm almost shouting this) try to suggest or look for ways round the government rules, we have to do all we can to help keep the country safe - the sooner we can eradicate this virus, the sooner we can get back to our hobby.

Similar advice will be posted on our sister forum Fighter control very soon if it isn't already there.

Thanks for your co-operation, we hope you all keep safe and well

The admin team

Re: Coronavirus UK lockdown and our hobby, some temporary rules

Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 8:02 am
by CivilianAviation
Update 13/05/20

The staff have decided that this ruling is to continue in all parts of the UK until further notice. We thank you for your co-operation.

Re: Coronavirus UK lockdown and our hobby, some temporary rules

Posted: Thu May 14, 2020 10:00 pm
by john flightpath
Thank you. Will keep away.

Cheers
John 'flightpath'.

Re: Coronavirus UK lockdown and our hobby, some temporary rules

Posted: Fri May 15, 2020 1:14 pm
by Undertaker

Re: Coronavirus UK lockdown and our hobby, some temporary rules

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 5:16 pm
by Mike
These restrictions have now been lifted from the forum, please be very careful to abide by the 2 metre spacing rule if you're going to an airfield and thanks to everyone for being so patient. :thumb:
It is your responsibility to make sure that you follow the current restrictions laid down by each part of the UK.

Re: Coronavirus UK lockdown and our hobby, some temporary rules

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 7:34 pm
by EMA Planespotting
Mike wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 5:16 pm
These restrictions have now been lifted from the forum, please be very careful to abide by the 2 metre spacing rule if you're going to an airfield and thanks to everyone for being so patient, :thumb:
Hi Mike, just checking but if a photo is taken before today but after lockdown was lifted slightly while I was on my daily exercise, does it mean that I can use it for POTM or not?

Re: Coronavirus UK lockdown and our hobby, some temporary rules

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 7:27 am
by Mike
EMA Planespotting wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 7:34 pm
Mike wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 5:16 pm
These restrictions have now been lifted from the forum, please be very careful to abide by the 2 metre spacing rule if you're going to an airfield and thanks to everyone for being so patient, :thumb:
Hi Mike, just checking but if a photo is taken before today but after lockdown was lifted slightly while I was on my daily exercise, does it mean that I can use it for POTM or not?
That's a good point and we'll be making a decision regarding that at some point today.

Re: Coronavirus UK lockdown, some temporary rules (restrictions now removed).

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 9:35 am
by Mike
Photos taken after the relaxation of the lockdown rules are OK to post in all photo sections. :thumb:

Re: Coronavirus UK lockdown, some temporary rules (restrictions now removed).

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 10:27 am
by EMA Planespotting
Mike wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 9:35 am
Photos taken after the relaxation of the lockdown rules are OK to post in all photo sections. :thumb:
Ok thanks Mike :thumbs:

Re: Coronavirus UK lockdown, some temporary rules (restrictions now removed).

Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 5:42 pm
by Martin
One pilot who didn't read the restrictions carefully, I think the aircraft was N412MD

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-52849560

Martin

Re: Coronavirus UK lockdown, some temporary rules (restrictions now removed).

Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 6:03 pm
by Mike
I think the CAA might be having words with him about his licence, not to mention the MoD about the huge amount of rules he's broken. What an incredibly silly man. :grr: