In these challenging times, all of us here at Sealand Flight have been closely monitoring the advance of COVID-19 with the intention of providing flight training for our students until it is no longer safe to do so. With the increases in infection rates on the Island, as of March 22 dual flight training is no longer safe for our pilots, our students and our community.
We will continue to allow some solo flights and offer aircraft rentals for licenced pilots.
We will continue to provide charter services to transport freight and supplies and provide emergency services, as well as do aerial work and fire patrols. We will not carry passengers except under exceptional circumstances.
We are very disappointed that careers and plans are being put on hold, but no matter how much we disinfect the aircraft and ourselves, we are unable to follow the two meter “social distancing” rule in our aircraft.
Our primary purpose for operating Sealand Flight is to promote aviation in our communities. To that end we have established bases in Campbell River, Powell River, Courtenay and Qualicum Beach.
We have been training pilots at all our bases and have been gratified to see more and more of our students become licenced pilots, get commercial licences, night ratings, float ratings and become flight instructors. We have taken many, many people on sightseeing tours or joy rides, so that they can experience the fun of flying.
When the local logging companies asked for assistance with fire patrols, we purchased BCAir, so that we could obtain the certification needed to do aerial work such as fire patrols and charters.
We will continue to support aviation, and will be back with more courses, such as mountain flying and float flying, as soon as possible.