Southwest Airlines continues to prioritize the health of employees and customers through an approach that includes mask requirements, enhanced aircraft cleaning and onboard HEPA filters. These efforts follow recommendations from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to implement multi-layered strategies in order to reduce the risk of infection.
Airlines for America joined a coalition of travel and business groups urging federal and state officials to come up with a coordinated COVID-19 testing plan. The groups said "there are alternatives to quarantines, such as testing and screening of passengers at or ahead of departure, that can significantly reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19 and may actually be more effective due to the difficulties in enforcing compliance with quarantine requirements."
Nick Calio, president and chief executive officer of Airlines for America, discussed the pandemic's effect on the airlines and the aviation ecosystem during a Flight Safety Foundation summit. Calio emphasized the critical role of airlines, saying, "we not only power the economy in normal times, but we can power the recovery."
A partnership between Cleveland's Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School and United Airlines will give students
free flight training and internships. The initiative, which the airline hopes to expand to other locations, is in part an effort to boost diversity in the aviation industry.
Airlines are adjusting routes to reflect demand for vacation destinations near beaches and other leisure sites. Passengers' increasing tendency to make plans much closer to their travel dates has also prompted nimbler schedule adjustments.
FAI's air ambulances have become increasingly busy since the start of the pandemic, and the activity has included 70 medevac flights with coronavirus patients that spanned 47 countries. To ensure the safety of everyone on board, the company utilizes EpiGuard's EpiShuttle, a single patient isolation and transport system.
The AOPA Air Safety Institute's just-released editions of the Joseph T. Nall Report note a continued decrease in overall accident rates. The overall general aviation accident rate in 2017 was 4.81 per 100,000 flight hours and 4.56 in 2018. The fatal accident rate also decreased to 0.76 per 100,000 hours in 2017 and 0.74 in 2018, based on available data.
Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport in Lawton, Okla., has started repairs on a taxiway in preparation for a larger project to rehabilitate the runway. In addition to grading and drainage work on the taxiway, new lighting will be installed and pavement markings will be added.
Jeff Jorgenson, a flight instructor at Knoxville Municipal Airport in Iowa, has launched Open Air, a flight club that encourages children to become involved in aviation regardless of physical, social or financial obstacles. Jorgenson also is the author of an introductory aviation guide, "Open Air: How People like Yourself are Changing the Aviation Industry."
Two new editions of the Joseph T. Nall Report arrive in a digital format that maximizes insight. Also, repairing a Beechcraft Bonanza that took a bird to the wing, and flying the southern Appalachian Trail. Watch AOPA Live This Week.
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