PANYNJ COVID-19 Web Conference – Oct 6

No new COVID-19 cases have been reported amongst airport personnel: Tod date, 17 have tested positive, and 15 have recovered/returned to work.

Transient and permanent users, staff and employees remain encouraged to practice personal distancing of at least 6′, frequent and thorough hand washing, and use of face coverings.

FEMA-issued signs specifying the requirement for use of face coverings have been posted in all facilities.

The list of States with significant spread of COVID-19 from which travelers should quarantine for 14 days stands at 34. Note: Arizona and Virgina were removed 9/29/20. California, Hawaii, Maryland, and Ohio were removed 9/15/20. The Virgin Islands were removed 9/8/20. New Mexico and Washington were removed 8/11/20. The District of Columbia was removed on 8/4/20.

NJ Travel Advisory Info

Please use the following link to view guidance from the State of NJ for NJ bound travelers, including: the list of states from which travelers are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days; a link to the voluntary online traveler survey; the criteria for traveler exemption from these provisions; and other helpful resources:

State of NJ Travel Advisory information

PANYNJ Publishes Updated COVID-19 Service Resumption Document

The PANYNJ, with the support of the CDC, State of NJ, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Teterboro’s FBOs and TUG, has crafted a superb document to provide users and operators with general guidance, international arrival information, protocols, best practices and additional user requested information. To view this comprehensive document, click: here.

Harvard Global Health Institute Tool for Assessing COVID-19 Risk by County

Click on the following link to access the HGHI COVID Risk Levels Dashboard, a graphical tool that provides the rolling 7-day average of COVID infections per 100K people broken down by state and county: https://globalepidemics.org/key-metrics-for-covid-suppression/

NJ, NY & CT Announce 14-Day Quarantine for All Travelers from States with Significant Community Spread of COVID-19

Effective Midnight, June 24/25

The following Travel Advisory has been issued by the Office of the Governor of the State of NJ. For the most complete information, click on the following links:

State of New Jersey:

https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200624a.shtml

State of New York:

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-governor-murphy-and-governor-lamont-announce-joint-incoming-travel-advisory-all

06/24/2020Tri-State Advisory Will Focus on Personal Responsibility Using Uniform Parameters and Messaging Across the Three States Effective Midnight Tonight

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced a joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.

This quarantine – effective midnight tonight – applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

New Jersey, New York and Connecticut will continually update and publish on their respective websites a list of states to which the new advisory applies. This information will be updated regularly.

The tri-state measure will use uniform parameters and messaging on highways, airports, websites and social media across the three states. The three states will also ask hotels to communicate the 14-day quarantine to guests who have traveled from one of the impacted states.

“Over the course of the past few months, our states have taken aggressive action to flatten the curve and beat back the coronavirus,” Governor Murphy said, “As a result of our collective efforts, we have low infection rates, falling hospitalizations, and have steadily been reopening our economies. Unfortunately many states continue to have high transmission rates. We are proud to work with our partners in New York and Connecticut on a joint incoming travel advisory to ensure continued progress against this virus and to keep residents of the tri-state area safe.”

“We have a very real problem right now where many states are experiencing an increased spread of the COVID-19 virus, just as New York is seeing the lowest infection rate,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’ve been working with our neighboring states throughout this pandemic, and we have agreed to a joint incoming travel advisory with New Jersey and Connecticut that all individuals who are traveling from other states with high infection rates must quarantine for 14 days to help prevent a renewed spread of the virus. We know the transmission rate in every state, and we want to make sure what’s happening in these states with the highest transmission rate doesn’t happen here and erase all the tremendous progress we’ve made.”

“Working together as a region has proven to be immensely successful as our respective states are leading the country when it comes to our response with low infection and positivity rates relative to increased testing capacity,” Governor Lamont said. “We have made difficult decisions throughout this pandemic, but we have proven to make many of the right decisions. This step to inform travelers form states with hot spots to self-isolate is meant to protect our residents and maintain our incredible public health progress.

SFAR Provides Regulatory Relief for GA Operators Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

NBAA published a press release announcing the availability of the SFAR containing regulatory relief for GA operators amid the COVID-19 pandemic, relief for which NBAA advocated vigorously. The press release contains a link to the final SFAR to be published in the Federal Register in the near future.

NBAA will provide opportunities for clarification and more information in the near future. As a brief overview, the SFAR contains relief in the following areas:

Relief from Certain Training, Recency, Testing and Checking Requirements

  • Part 61
    • Second-in-Command Qualifications (§61.55)
    • Flight Review (§61.56)
    • Recent Flight Experience: Pilot in Command (§61.57)
    • Pilot-in-Command Proficiency Check: Operation of an Aircraft That Requires More Than One Pilot Flight Crewmember or is Turbojet-Powered (§61.58)
  • Part 91, Subpart K Flight Crewmember Requirements (§§91.1065, 91.1067, 91.1069, 91.1071, 91.1073, 91.1089, 91.1091, 91.1093, 91.1095, 91.1099, 91.1107)
  • Mitsubishi MU-2B Series Special Training, Experience, and Operating Requirements (Part 91, §§91.1703, 91.1705, 91.1715)
  • Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Recency (§107.65)
  • Part 125 Flight Crewmember Requirements (§§125.285, 125.287, 125.289, 125.291, 125.293)
  • Robinson R-22/R-44 Special Training and Experience Requirements (SFAR 73)

Relief from Certain Duration and Renewal Requirements

  • Part 61
    • Medical Certificates: Requirement and Duration (§61.23)
    • Prerequisites for Practical Tests (§61.39)
    • Renewal Requirements for Flight Instructor Certification (§61.197)
  • Relief for U.S. Military and Civilian Personnel Who are Assigned Outside the United States in Support of U.S. Armed Forces Operations (SFAR 100-2)
  • Part 63
    • Certificates and Ratings Required (§63.3)
    • Knowledge Requirements (§63.35)
  • Part 65
    • Dispatcher Knowledge Requirements (§65.55)
    • Eligibility requirements: General (§65.71)
    • Inspection authorization: Renewal (§65.93)
    • Military riggers or former military riggers: Special certification rule (§65.117)
  • Part 141
    • Requirements for a Pilot School Certificate (§141.5)
    • Renewal of Certificates and Ratings (§141.27)

Other Relief for Special Flight Permits (§21.197)

NJ Executive Order 122 Requires Crew and Passengers to Wear Cloth Face Coverings When Transiting the FBO

Pursuant to NJ Governor Phillip D. Murphy’s Executive Order 122, which took effect at 8:00 pm on April 10, crew and passengers must wear protective face coverings when Transiting the FBO:

“1. Where an essential retail business is permitted to maintain in-person operations pursuant to Executive Order No. 107 (2020) and any subsequent Administrative Orders, such business must adopt policies that include, at minimum, the following requirements:” …

… “k. Require workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings while on the premises, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age, and require workers to wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings and gloves for their employees. If a customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons and if such covering cannot be provided to the individual by the business at the point of entry, then the business must decline entry to the individual, unless the business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food, in which case the business policy should provide alternate methods of pickup and/or delivery of such goods. Nothing in the stated policy should prevent workers or customers from wearing a surgical-grade mask or other more protective face covering if the individual is already in possession of such equipment, or if the business is otherwise required to provide such worker with more protective equipment due to the nature of the work involved. Where an individual declines to wear a face covering on store premises due to a medical condition that inhibits such usage, neither the essential retail business nor its staff shall require the individual to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition.”

Video: Empowering and Protecting Your Family During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A NYC Doctor demystifies COVID-19 and provides excellent guidance in in this 57-minute Vimeo video: https://vimeo.com/399733860

ICAO COVID 19 Airport Status

Click here to view ICAO’s COVID 19 Airport Status tool.

FAA’s COVID-19 Exemption Allows Pilots to Fly With Expired Medical Certificates

Courtesy of NBAA:March 27, 2020

The FAA is allowing pilots to continue to fly if their airmen medical certificates expire between March 31 and June 30 to reduce the burden on the country’s healthcare system during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and limit the potential spread of the virus across the pilot community.

Review the Exemption (FAA-2020-0312)

This temporary exemption applies to all pilot flight crewmembers and flight engineers who lose their medical certificate solely because it expires between March 31 and June 30. Pilots and flight engineers holding an unexpired medical certificate before March 31 are not exempted and all standard prohibitions for medical deficiency still apply.

“The FAA has determined that those persons subject to this temporary measure may operate beyond the validity period of their medical certificate during the effective period of this accommodation without creating a risk to aviation safety,” says the agency in its notice.

“It is not in the public interest at this time to maintain the requirement of an FAA medical examination, which is a non-emergency medical service, in order for pilots and flight engineers with expiring medical certificates to obtain new medical certificates,” the FAA adds.

“NBAA is grateful to the FAA for working with us to keep the country’s medical resources focused where they are most needed and ensure that business aviation can keep providing essential humanitarian services without any negative effect to the safety of pilots or the National Airspace System,” said NBAA Director, Flight Operations and Regulations Brian Koester, CAM.

“Many pilots are facing difficulty renewing their medical certificates as medical facilities are reducing or eliminating non-essential visits, and the risk of pilots contracting and spreading COVID-19 is growing daily, especially for those in the pilot community who are at higher risk from this pandemic,” said Koester. “We commend the FAA for recognizing that this unprecedented situation required prompt and decisive action and we recommend operators contact their insurance underwriter to ensure coverage before flying under this provision,”.

The FAA said it will reevaluate its temporary exemption as circumstances unfold and may determine that an extension or other action is required.

Notes from NBAA Webinar: Cleaning & Disinfecting Aircraft Amid COVID-19

Please note that these notes may contain errors, and products mentioned herein do not constitute endorsement.

March 28, 2020NBAA offers Cleaning & Disinfecting Guide for download: https://nbaa.org/wp-content/uploads/aircraft-operations/safety/coronavirus/aircraft-disinfection-and-cleaning-procedures.pdf

Moderators:

Jo Damato (JD), CAM, NBAA, Vice President, Educational Strategy & Workforce Development;

Tyler Harper (TH), AEM Logistics, Director, Events & Aircraft Detailing

Audrey Lambdin (AL), Jet Logistics, Inc. Director, Client Relations;

Brian Koester (BK), CAM, NBAA, Director, Flight Operations & Regulations

Which government agencies/authorities should we look to for definitive guidance?

WHO, CDC (what’s been deemed effective against COVID-19) and FAA (SAFO 20003).BK – OEMs are also publishing guidance: Embraer, Dassault, Gulfstream, Bombardier and Textron. This guidance is also available on NBAA website. Test products in non-visible areas before using throughout aircraft. CDC website publishes list of products that are effective in destroying virus.

How can flight & cabin crews be absolutely certain that their aircraft are completely disinfected?

TH – Pay attention to product specifications, e.g. SAE standards. Fro disinfectants AMS1550 (spec for water based cleaners), AMS1452 (general purpose disinfectant for aircraft), and D67127 (Boeing spec for cleaning interiors of commercial aircraft). Should be EPA registered, non-toxic, non-corrosive. IPA solutions should not be stronger than 70/30% mixture.

AL – Jet Logistics transports infected patients. Remove all materials that may be soiled with bodily fluids. Sanitize interior w/ 50% bleach and water. All surfaces treated. Leave aircraft open until all surfaces dried.

What is #1 concern from passenger and crew?

AL – Pilots and med crews wear gloves. All have masks available. Use PPE: Personal Protective Equipment)

TH – After crew and pax disembark, let aircraft air out for at least 3 hours to eliminate aerosolized virus particles. Cleaners use PPE.

What PPE recommended for enhanced cleaning?

Medical grade disposable gloves, N95 masks, safety glasses or goggles, hazmat suit if available. No non-essential personnel on aircraft.Are ozone generators effective as deep cleaning tool?

TH – AEM doesn’t have substantial experience with ozone generators. EPA website has informative article about these products. No government agency has approved their use in occupied, enclosed spaces. Common complaint is that ozone generators leave behind an unpleasant odor.

Many have asked about ionization equipment to disinfect aircraft?

TH – AEM hasn’t experience with these. There exist manufacturers of air and surface purification systems that can connect to aircraft ventilation systems.

BK – Not aware of whether these are effective against virus particles.

Is UV light effective in disinfecting aircraft?

AL – Jet Logistics does not use UV light for this purpose

TH – AEM does not use UV light for this purpose. Some airlines use approved machinery for large commercial aircraft. Not aware of availability of equipment for business aviation aircraft. “Germ Falcon” is a manufacture that advertises that their product is effective in disinfecting for COVID-19 and Ebola.

Many flight crews have questions: What cleaners can be used in cockpit to effectively sanitize LCD equipment without damaging screens?

TH – Celeste Sani-Cide EX-3  and FFC (for food surfaces and doesn’t have to bee rinsed afterward) is aircraft approved, non-reactive, safe for hard surfaces and leather: used by NetJets and many service centers.

How can headset microphone muffs be disinfected?

AL- Jet Logistics pilots all have their own headsets.

JD – Crews should use own headsets when possibleCan aircraft be cross contaminated by crew member clothing?

AL – Jet Logistics provide crews with gowns. If crews don’t wear gowns, can use EPA approved Lysol pre-wash in addition to laundry soap. Crews should wash hands and clean exposed skin. Gowns and gloves are worn for each patient. Crew members wear gloves to handle passenger baggage.

BK – Some crews covering baggage in plastic garbage bags.

Should flight crews wear N95 masks?

AL – Jet Logistics pilots are issued these masks, but it’s impractical for cockpit radio communication. Patients and medical professionals in cabin are wearing masks. No Jet Logistics crew members have become ill during the 6 weeks that they’ve been transporting infected patients. Crews are self-monitoring daily for symptoms.

Are there recommendations for Flight Attendants?

AL – Flight Attendants should wear gloves as a best practice, but not masks if transporting asymptomatic pax.How should PPE be cleaned, or can this equipment be reused?

AL – Because Jet Logistics transports infected patients, they dispose of PPE using aeromedical approved disposal.How can flight crew members protect themselves?

TH – Keep trash in one container or one hazmat bag and dispose upon arrival. Then disinfect aircraft completely to protect next crew and pax. If spray cleaner on surface and wipe off, product won’t perform if not left on surface for specified time (30 sec to 10 mins, depending upon product).

BK – It’s one thing to clean, and another to disinfect for virus: ammonium hypochlorite, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol.

TH – While approved equipment for fogging and spraying aircraft cockpits and cabins exist, it doesn’t necessarily eliminate need for directly wiping down surfaces.

Parting Comments?

TH – Consult OEM guides for recommended processes and products. Celeste makes a full spectrum of products that are safe and effective for all aircraft surfaces.

AL – We’re all in this together!BK – Long-term anti-microbial treatments are also safe and effective, but check with CDC guidelines to ensure that they’re effective against COVID-19.

Can send questions to [email protected].JD – Consult NBAA Resources for comprehensive information: https://nbaa.org/aircraft-operations/safety/coronavirus/aircraft-operational-considerations-with-the-coronavirus/

National Airspace System Status

For the latest information, click here: https://www.fly.faa.gov/ois/