Flex Air COVID-19 Operations Advisory
(updated 3/31/21)

Crews are encouraged to use the COVID-19 Screening Tool.

Flex Air has and will continue to take daily actions to flatten the curve and comply with Federal and local guidance to mitigate the health threats associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The safety of our crews comes first at Flex Air. We are deploying the BIOPROTECTUs™ system on our highest utilization aircraft and have instituted cleaning protocols across our entire fleet and all bases.

Flight schools are critical infrastructure as defined by the Department of Homeland Security. This demands our vigilant attention to continued operations during the crisis.

COVID-19 Impact on Flight Operations

 

MHK

Aviation Ops Authorized Under KS Executive Order EO20-16 as critical infrastructure supply chain. Flights authorized with Covid-19 Protocols

MYF

Flight school ops authorized under CA Executive Order N-33-20 as critical infrastructure. Covid-19 Protocols in effect.

TDW

Authorized as Essential Critical Infrastructure Work Functions in Mayor’s First Amended Declaration of Disaster dtd 30 March 2020. Flights authorized with Covid-19 Protocols.

COVID-19 Protocols for Crews (Instructors & Students)

  1. 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.
  2. Training events shall be limited to crews of 4 or less until further notice.
  3. Crews shall review their IMSAFE checklist items prior to briefing.
  4. Prior to briefing, all crews shall self-administer a temperature test. Thermometers will be made available for crew use at each base.
  5. CDC guidelines indicate that a temperature of 100.4 F may indicate a fever associated with Covid-19. Out of an abundance of caution, BRIEFING AND FLIGHT OPERATIONS ARE PROHIBITED FOR ANY CREW WITH A TEMPERATURE ABOVE 100.0 F.
  6. Pilots and flight instructors shall start each preflight with a wipe down of all control and instrument panel surfaces.
  7. 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.
  8. Cancellations due to sickness shall not incur cancellation fees of any kind until further notice.
  9. Crew removed from the flight schedule due to illness shall be grounded for at least 14 days or until 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

 

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