COVID-19: Guidance to Members & Guests

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SFC Response and Member Guidance
Updated 18th October 2021

SFC has now re-opened. We look forward to welcoming you back.

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

Vaccination status

  • In line with Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021 under the Public Health Act 2010 all persons who wish to use SFC facilities or premises must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and able to prove their vaccination status to SFC staff on entry
  • The exemption to the vaccination requirements only applies to those with medical exemption
  • Presentation of a COVID-19 digital certificate as issued by Medicare will be required on entry. This may be printed or displayed on your electronic device or smartphone
  • You’ll find the answers to some common questions on this requirement in our roadmap document.

Impact on our operations

  • Club social activities/social visits
    • Club social activities are running in a limited capacity according to social distancing guidelines
    • Members may visit the clubhouse for social purposes
  • Flight training
    • Self-paced flight training has recommenced
    • Flight training towards our Diplomas of Aviation has recommenced
    • If required to make a landing at an aerodrome other than YSBK, pilots must do best to limit contact with others and remain inside the airport
  • Theory Classes
    • All theory classes have been moved online. Contact SFC to confirm details for your course.
  • Flight tests/Theory tests
    • Flight tests have re-commenced
    • Ground theory tests will proceed as booked
  • Private hire
    • Private hire has recommenced
  • Trial Instructional Flights
    • Trial Instructional Flights have recommenced
  • Visiting the college
    • Visits to the college by prospective students are now available. Contact David Giuffre to discuss further

Mitigation procedures in place

  • Face coverings are mandatory when on the premises and recommended when in club aircraft (except for solo flights where masks are not required). Masks are available at the entrance to the clubhouse
  • The wearing of disposable gloves is recommended and they are provided for your use
  • Social distancing and PPE measures are in place, and the number of people on site at any one time will be monitored and limited to the one person per 4sqm rule, and the clubhouse maximum of 50 persons
  • 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
  • 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

  • Complete the QR Code check-in before you enter the building. This applies to everyone, including but not limited to SFC staff, 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
  • 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+) 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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