Flex Air COVID-19 Operations Advisory
COVID-19 cases continue to surge in our communities. Our actions impact the health and welfare of our neighbors and fellow crew. At Flex Air, we will stay one step ahead of the virus by wearing face masks and following all local, state, and national guidelines to prevent infections.
Rapid testing for asymptomatic individuals is available throughout the country. We recommend that all crews get a test, regardless of symptoms or exposure, every 14 days.
- Testing in San Diego is available through LHI and UC San Diego Health.
- Testing in Kansas is available through the Riley County Health Department.
Crews are encouraged to follow state and local health guidelines and use the COVID-19 Screening Tool to self-screen for potential symptoms.
Flex Air SD County Social Distancing Protocol Checklist
KEFF Status Documentation email (Dated 3 April 2020)
———- Forwarded message ———
From: Dorsey, Gabe [GO] <Gabe.Dorsey@ks.gov>
Date: Fri, Apr 3, 2020 at 12:53 PM
Subject: KEFF Status Decision
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Re: Request for confirmation of essential status
Thank you for your recent request for confirmation that your business or organization meets the criteria for performing an “essential function” as set forth in the Kansas Essential Function Framework (“KEFF”) under Kansas Executive Order 20-16.
The KEFF Team has reviewed your request and accompanying information. Based on that information, the KEFF Team confirms your business status as an “essential function.” under the following KEFF categories:
[KEFF 100 Connect: |N/A|, KEFF 200 Distribute: |2|04|, KEFF 300 Manage: |4| KEFF 400 Supply: |N/A|]
Under Executive Order 20-16, you and your employees may leave their homes to perform these essential functions; this does not include other the performance of other non-essential functions. If an employee is engaged only in the performance of non-essential functions, they must remain at home.
Additionally, under Executive Order 20-16, while performing essential functions you and your employees must still use telework capabilities and follow appropriate safety protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to the extent possible without significant disruption to essential functions.
This confirmation is subject to revision or revocation if the KEFF Team receives additional relevant information. The KEFF Team will notify local officials of this confirmation.
If you have any further questions or concerns please contact KEFF@ks.gov.
COVID-19 Protocols for Crews (Instructors & Students)
- Take care of your health. Limit alcohol intake, make sure you’re getting enough sleep and take a daily multivitamin. Give your body the foundation it needs to fight ANY virus.
- Training events shall be limited to crews of 4 or less until further notice.
- Crews shall review their IMSAFE checklist items prior to briefing.
- Prior to briefing, all crews shall self-administer a temperature test. Thermometers will be made available for crew use at each base.
- BRIEFING AND FLIGHT OPERATIONS ARE PROHIBITED FOR ANY CREW WITH A TEMPERATURE ABOVE 100.0 F.
- Pilots and flight instructors shall start each preflight with a wipe down of all control and instrument panel surfaces.
- COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you’re sick, make responsible decisions including staying home. Assume any fever, cough, or shortness of breath are COVID-19.
- Cancellations due to sickness shall not incur cancellation fees of any kind until further notice.
- Crew removed from the flight schedule due to illness shall be grounded for at least 14 days or until 72 hours after all fever, cough, and shortness of breath symptoms abate, whichever takes longer.
To our aircrew, friends, family, and community;
I remember exactly where I was standing in a ready room at Naval Air Station North Island on September 11th, 2001, watching the events unfold on TV and in Navy message traffic, knowing that our lives and the aviation industry would be forever altered. But we endured, recovered, and became stronger as a nation and an industry. The same will happen now. Covid-19 will test us more sorely than 9/11, but eventually, the all-clear will sound.
I’ll work with Charlie and our team to train and fly safely and responsibly during this crisis. We will do our part to respect and protect the health and welfare of our aircrew and surrounding communities. Our training must continue. A recovering airline industry will depend on our students and instructors. Hundreds of thousands of new pilots will be needed. Across the aviation industry, 10 million US jobs will depend on the new pilots we are training today.
Flex Air’s mission in this crisis will be:
- To protect the health and livelihood of our employees & students
- Ensure the future career potential of our pilots
- And preserve the value of the company to our industry and community
We’ll get through this together, drawing on the traditions of aviation that have weathered past crises. We’ll work as a team, we’ll look out for each other with mutual support, and we’ll follow procedures vigilantly and with focus. ~ Paul Wynns
Flex Air Crew,
We have to stay focused. Our training is essential and cannot simply be done from home.
You make up the most important part of our industry: the future. This isn’t a cheesy sales line, it’s the truth. Aviation has always struggled with short-term issues in the market just like any big business, but the long term issues haven’t changed: we need pilots. Not only that, we need quality pilots, and people that will lead our pilot groups and industry in trying times just like these.
What we do today will impact the future of not only aviation, but how people utilize it. You cannot measure aviation in the miles we fly; or how many people know our name. It’s the connections we make. The connections our passengers make, our crew and even our cargo.
Today, aviation faces a challenge. When the challenge subsides, we will face one of the greatest labor shortages an industry has ever seen. From the work we’re doing today and in the near future, our pilots will be there to face that shortage head on.
If you have any questions or concerns, I will be available to help lead us through this. As always, be safe. More importantly, be healthy. And remember, that together we are limitless. ~ Charlie Copeland