COVID-19: Guidance to Members & Guests

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SFC Response and Member & Guest Guidance
Updated 29th January 20201

Dear members & guests,

Please find below our latest guidance in relation to how COVID-19 is affecting college and club operations, and how you can help.

Impact on our operations: 

Club social events & social visits to the clubhouse

  • Club social activities are now operating in a limited capacity, and participants must adhere to the one person per four square metre rule when attending
    • Social events will have attendance capped to manage this limitation
  • Members may visit the clubhouse for social purposes as long as all of SFC’s COVID-19 procedures, as listed elsewhere on this page, are adhered to

Flight training

  • Flight training remains available 7 days per week, subject to PPE & sanitising protocols and visitor avoidance of COVID-19 case locations in the last 14 days

Private hire

  • Private hire is available 7 days per week, subject to PPE & sanitising protocols and visitor avoidance of COVID-19 case locations in the last 14 days
    • We remind members that interstate travel is restricted, so flights should not be booked which are in contravention of any state border restrictions. Pilots in command are responsible for understanding and adhering to all border restrictions
    • Members are asked not to attend the clubhouse if they have visited any case location in NSW or interstate

Trial Instructional Flights

  • TIFs are now available for redemption 7 days per week, including ‘Red Balloon’ TIFs, subject to PPE & sanitising protocols and visitor avoidance of COVID-19 case locations in the last 14 days

Visiting the college

  • Visits to the college by prospective students are available 7 days per week, subject to the use of PPE and visitor avoidance of COVID-19 case locations in the last 14 days

Procedures in place:

For all flying and ground-based activities, the following procedures are in place:

  • Face coverings are strongly recommended when on the premises and in club aircraft (except for solo flights). Masks are available at the entrance to the clubhouse.
  • The wearing of disposable gloves is highly recommended and they are provided for your use
  • Strict social distancing and PPE measures are in place, and the number of people on site at any one time will be monitored and limited
  • Staff who are able to work from home are doing so
  • Deep cleaning and sanitising of commonly-touched surfaces, both inside the clubhouse and on the fleet, is occurring regularly
  • Mandatory reporting of symptoms associated with COVID-19, or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis, is in place for all members, students and staff
  • Most TAFE NSW theory and all SFC theory courses have been transitioned online
  • In the event of contamination SFC will close for the required period and those effected will be quarantined for 14 days as per WHO measures
  • COVID-19 screening on arrival is in place, and completion of this is mandatory to assist in contact tracing, should it be required.

What we require you to do:

  • On arrival at the college you will be asked to complete a screening questionnaire before you can enter the building
    • This applies to everyone except SFC staff (i.e. including but not limited to private members, TAFE NSW students, visitors, contractors etc)
    • Follow the instructions on the poster displayed at the entrance to the building
  • Immediately report to us if you contract the virus, suspect you have contracted the virus, come into contact with someone who has the virus, or develop symptoms of the virus
  • Increase your social distancing when visiting us
    • Attend the clubhouse only when required for your flight/theory lesson
    • Flight plan at home
    • Avoid group environments where possible
    • Maximise ventilation in any rooms within which you are working
    • Where possible do not share physical objects such as pens/keyboards etc.  If unavoidable, then sanitise your hands immediately afterwards
    • Wash your hands regularly, and use the hand sanitiser which is available in the clubhouse
    • Use antibacterial wipes on yokes and throttle quadrants, aircraft door handles etc both before and after your flight
  • If you plan to spend time with someone in a high-risk category (e.g. pre-existing illness, aged 70+ or pregnant) re-consider your need to attend the college
  • If you are an emergency services or care worker, re-consider your need to attend the college


These are uncertain times for the aviation industry around the world, and we hope that by working together we can mitigate the most serious consequences of this situation.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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