On the 17th April the Civil Aviation Authority published a document which authorised some flights for maintenance purposes. There are several strict measures applied which we as an airfield will be ensuring are complied with. You can read the full guidance here.
This many be why, on some days from now on (at present we have limited movements to a few on Mondays, with a weather reserve if necessary) you may see some aircraft flying from us. We have interpreted the advice to mean that we will allow very few maintenance flights where people can fly elsewhere to get maintenance done. Wr are asking all other pilots to ground run their aircraft.
We understand that it is a privilege to be able to fly an aircraft. We also understand that many people are complying with social distancing and it can be hard to view flying as essential activity. However, it is in accordance with aircraft maintenance schedules, that certain engines must be run at differing powers on a semi regular basis, in order to prevent any degradation of the engine. We have a duty of care to the pilots who fly these aircraft to make sure that they have been properly maintained and therefore are safe to run when the lockdown period is over. We will be closely monitoring the situation at the airfield and will ensure that the most recently published CAA guidelines are followed at all times.
Thank you for your understanding.
Compton Abbas Airfield Management.