COVID-19: SFC Response

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COVID-19:
SFC Response and Member Guidance
Updated 12th May 2020

Dear Member,

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

  • All club social activites are cancelled until further notice

 

Flight training

  • If you wish to undergo flight training you have a choice.  You can either learn on any day Monday through to Saturday, OR on Sundays only
    • If you join us on Sundays you cannot attend the college on any other day of the week
    • If you join us during the week or on Saturdays, you cannot attend the college on Sundays

 

Private hire

  • Commencing Sunday 17th May, and on all Sundays thereafter, the SFC clubhouse will re-open for private hire bookings
    • Private hire must remain solo only, and have an educational objective, e.g. recency
    • Guests are not permitted on the flight with you, or in the club house
    • Interstate travel is restricted, so flights should not be booked which cross a state border; this includes flights to Canberra
    • Only land away from YSBK for the purposes of refuelling, comfort breaks, and of course in an emergency. If you must land, we ask that you do not leave the airfield
    • If you attend the college on a Sunday, we ask that you do not attend on any other day of the week

 

Trial Instructional Flights

  • TIFs will re-commencing on Sunday 17th May, and be available on all Sundays thereafter. This includes ‘Red Balloon’ TIFs.

 

Visiting the college

  • Visits to the college by prospective students are available, but only on Sundays and only by appointment.  To book a time please call 02 9709 8488.

 

Procedures in place:

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

  • 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
  • TAFE NSW students and their instructors are mandated to use masks and gloves when in the cockpit environment 
  • Mandatory reporting of symptoms associated with COVID-19, or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis, is in place for all members, students and staff
  • All TAFE NSW theory and 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

 

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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