COVID-19: Guidance to Members & Guests

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SFC Response and Member & Guest Guidance
Updated 3rd August 2020

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: 


Face coverings are now mandatory

  • Commencing 00:01 on Tuesday 4th August 2020 the wearing of a face covering becomes mandatory when attending any SFC facility
    • Any person entering any SFC premises, including SFC aircraft (unless flying solo), must wear a covering for their mouth and nose at all times
    • Persons may wear their own face covering, or use an SFC-provided disposable mask available at each building entrance
    • Food or drink should be consumed outside the building on the deck, and masks put back on as soon as practical after eating (or a new mask put on if you’re using a disposable mask)
    • Exceptions may be made on medical grounds and for children under 12 years of age. If you need to be exempted from this rule, please contact SFC in advance of your planned visit 


Club social events & social visits to the clubhouse

  • All club social activities are cancelled until further notice
  • Members are asked not to visit the clubhouse for social purposes, and only travel to the clubhouse when you have a flight booking, ground theory booking, appointment or similar

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 some 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 of the following in the last two weeks (i) the state of Victoria, (ii) any towns within 50km of the VIC/NSW border, (iii) any case location in NSW or elsewhere
    • Members should not flight plan to Victoria, or any VIC/NSW border towns

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

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
  • COVID-19 screening on arrival is in place

What we require you to do:

  • Wear a face covering at all times when on the premises, and when in SFC aircraft (unless solo)
  • 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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