FAI Medico-physiological Commission (CIMP)
The FAI has issued technical and practical recommendations on air sport operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. All people involved in air sports activities are urged to take responsibility and to follow the recommendations.
The recommendations are compiled in a document - see below in the Documents section - prepared by the FAI Medico-physiological Commission (CIMP) to lower the chance of becoming ill from COVID-19 and to prevent the spread of the virus while practicing flying activities or attending air sports meetings.
It provides a COVID-19 risk assessment and mitigation checklist for use by host countries and mass gathering organisers. It also includes an operational tool which offers guidance for organisers holding meetings during the COVID-19 outbreak and which should be accompanied by the WHO COVID-19 Generic Risk Assessment Excel file. It should be read in conjunction with WHO’s key planning recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak.
General recommendations are given to everyone practicing flying activities, and in particular at an airfield. Specific ones are provided for the different air sports. For example, for ballooning, a list of recommendations describes which behaviours and precautions to adopt during the preparations, at launch point, as well as during and after the flight, for the pilot and passengers.
This document also provides useful links to WHO and other organisations such as the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
It also stresses that national regulations prevail at all times over FAI recommendations, which are meant to complement existing efforts and to support those countries where no specific air sports documents are in place. In other words, national rules are always the primary guidelines. Therefore, FAI strongly recommends to also stay informed about the latest national instructions.
The Coronavirus situation is causing widespread disruption in the organisation of air sports competitions.
TO ALL PARTICIPANTS
The FAI events calendar represents planned events only. Many of these are now subject to adjustments in terms of dates and venues and even full cancellations by the organisers. Therefore, FAI is urging all participants and officials in Category 1 (World and Continental Championships, and special events) and Category 2 events (regional events) to cross-check with the Event Organisers the exact dates of the event in which they intend to compete.
Contact information can be found in the events calendar, under the “Event organiser” tab.
- Click on the competition line
- Click on the Event organiser tab
TO ALL ORGANISERS
FAI is kindly asking all organisers to contact their relevant FAI Air Sport Commissions if the dates or status of their competitions have changed, or if they would like to update their contact details.