Flight schools remain open during pandemic
COVID-19 has created added challenges for flight schools of all sizes. A majority of flight schools are open to serve their customers. In accordance with the CDC, schools are deploying a wide array of safeguards to help combat the virus.
While some flight schools are unsure if or when they will reopen, many never stopped operating and never closed their doors to the public. Flight schools had been determined to be critical infrastructure by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) which was formed on November 16, 2018.
For those presently open, enhanced cleaning is a daily routine for both office and public spaces along with the aircraft and simulators. Temperature checks are part of the daily routine and face masks are worn regularly.
During flight, face masks are not required at many flight schools. The interior size of flight training aircraft make the six-foot rule for social distancing impossible to follow.
In June FSANA sent out a survey to flight training providers asking about the effects of COVID-19 on their training business. Here are the results.