By The Staiger Consulting Group
The coronavirus pandemic has generated a myriad of effects across the globe in recent months, including the cancellation of many well-loved aviation events. However, with the health and safety of the aviation community as the focus, many new resources have been created and encouraging headlines made. Read on to discover a few of our favorites:
SiriusXM teamed up with NYU Langone Health to launch a channel dedicated to news regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Channel 121 will broadcast information about the coronavirus 24/7 and is free. Pilots can also listen online.
Used Aircraft Prices have not seen a measurable decline as the result of COVID-19. Despite being blindsided by the consequences surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the aviation market was already in a unique situation as inventory was limited. Traditionally, when supply is constrained, market pricing will stay roughly the same. That holds true now for used aircraft prices, despite any drop in demand.
The FAA and CDC recommend that air carriers and crewmembers take precautions to avoid exposure to COVID-19. A full list of these precautions can be found in the SAFO 20003, under COVID-19: Interim Health Guidance for Air Carriers Crews.
TheCDC has also provided recommendations for aircraft operators to clean and disinfect their aircraft. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and committee volunteers have summarized this information in an easy-to-use resource that will help you make aircraft cleaning decisions. You can read it here: nbaa.org/wp-content/uploads/aircraft-operations/safety/coronavirus/nbaa-aircraft-disinfection-and-cleaning-procedures.pdf
The Civil Air Patrol logged “10,000 volunteer days of support,” the equivalent of more than $2 million of donated services during operations in the first 70 days of response to the coronavirus pandemic, the organization announced. Cadets and volunteer adults delivered personal protective equipment and COVID-19 test kits, prepared meals, staffed emergency operation centers, and more during ongoing relief efforts.
The FAA has updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. You can find the FAQs here: faa.gov/airports/cares_act/media/cares-act-airport-grants-faqs.pdf