To assist operators and other aviation personnel impacted by the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has introduced additional alleviation measures that will be in effect until March 31, 2022.
The Coronavirus impact on the aviation Industry
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) has developed a public health risk-management workshop to support efforts by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to provide guidance that would support a return of international flights. The ICAO Public Health Corridor (PHC) workshop is part of a broader virtual implementation package (iPack) that ICAO has launched online.
After more than a year of canceled in-person meetings, conferences and trade shows, and closed workspaces, Deloitte sees business air travel by employees of U.S. corporations bouncing back in the second half of this year. However, in a report published on Tuesday, the consultancy group said traffic levels will remain well below pre-Covid pandemic levels until the end of 2022, due largely to lingering uncertainty and concerns surrounding the virus as new waves of infection continue to spread globally.
Pratt & Whitney and Collins Aerospace are among four aviation companies donating $400,000 to Gavi’s Covid-19 Vaccines Advance Market Commitment (COVAX AMC), an effort to provide vaccinations to 92 lower-income nations. As part of COVAX AMC, the Gavi Matching Fund will double the donation for a total of $800,000.
Each of the four companies, which also include AerCap and SMBC Aviation Capital, donated $100,000 to the effort.
The Canadian government is further opening its borders to fully vaccinated U.S. travelers to enter the country beginning August 9, calling the move a “first step” before permitting entry to other international travelers on September 7.
As NBAA moves forward with its effort to bring back the in-person BACE in October in Las Vegas, the association also remains in the throes of planning a nearly full lineup of in-person events in 2022, beginning with its annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2022).
The U.S. Department of Transportation has begun accepting applications for participation in the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection (AMJP) program, which provides funding to pay up to half of the compensation for certain manufacturer and MRO employees.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted its mask requirements for vaccinated individuals in outdoor areas on the premises of transportation hubs. This guidance comes in response to ongoing discussions between industry groups and federal agencies, the National Air Transportation Association said.
Just as it had in virtually every other aspect of life, the Covid pandemic caused many changes and alterations in the aeromedical realm, according to Dr. Susan Northrup, the FAA's federal air surgeon. Speaking this week during the virtual Flight Safety Foundation/NBAA Business Aviation Safety Summit, she noted how the agency reacted to the initial spread of the virus and had to adapt after the first cluster of infections was reported in mid-March 2020 among air traffic controllers working the tower at Chicago Midway Airport.
While Pfizer’s corporate flight department suffered a drop-off in flights during the pandemic, it was able to demonstrate the critical role it plays in the company and has been credited with helping to reduce by two weeks the time it took to bring the Pfizer vaccine to market, said v-p of corporate aviation John Witzig.