Here are some “best practices” from the FAA, CDC and industry to help with your reopening to prevent infection. Pilots are savvy “risk managers” but the enemy of any significant change in operations is “habit” and “business as usual.” This is a “new normal” with careful precautions and new SOPs. We will add and modify this page as new information is received. The manual is thanks to FSANA and some schools that have continued to operate safely throughout this pandemic (with no new infections). Remember, one COVID case and you are shut down in this new world.
New FAA SAFO on Flight Crew Operations with COVID
FAA COVID website on extensions and changes to requirements
The real hazard of COVID is the asymptomatic transmission (people don’t even know they are sick and are spreading the disease!
Here is a thorough manual some schools have used successfully to operate and provide comfort and confidence for your clients/pilots.
COVID response guide; Wayman Aviation
Here is the guidance from Garmin on sanitizing avionics (avoid ammonia)
Here is a YouTube on sanitizing the airplane. Each plane grounded, cleaned then released after each flight!
Each student and instructor sign a form indicating that they have not traveled by commercial air, have had a temp over 100, been in contact with anyone who has COVID or exhibited symptoms all within the past 14 days.
PPE (mask) for each occupant, no sharing of any personal items (even pens)!
Limit random “outside” access to aircraft: no IPCs, Intros, and flight reviews (without very careful screening)
Temperature check before every flight (get a point and shoot thermometer) I personally never thought this would be part of my flight kit!
Both student and instructor must elect to fly by their choice, no pressure.
CFI and student must wash hands before and after each flight
Both must bring and wear masks from the time they enter our office to the time they depart after their lesson.
Please share your ideas and comments here to help everyone be safer!
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