FAA Approves Single-Shot J&J Vaccine for Pilots

As with the agency’s previous vaccine approvals, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires a “48-hour no fly/no safety-related duty” interval following the injection. Click here to read the NBAA article.

PANYNJ COVID-19 Web Conference – Feb 23

The total # of COVID-19 cases reported amongst airport personnel is at 44. Of these, 42 have recovered and returned to work.

New CDC guidelines are in effect. Click on the following link for the details: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

All personnel are encouraged to practice personal distancing of at least 6′, frequent and thorough hand washing, and use of face coverings.

With the CDC’s Order Requiring COVID-19 Testing For Entry Into the United States, Who Will I have to Show Proof of Documentation?

By now everyone has seen the CDC’s Order requiring proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Result or Recovery from COVID-19 For All Airline Passengers Arriving into the United States. This order applies to all flights, including private flights and general aviation aircraft (charter flights). Passengers traveling by air into the US are required to have proof of testing regardless of flight type. If you have not read the Order please click here.

What is not clear is who will be enforcing this order and who will be looking at the COVID-19 Test documentation? We asked the question to our Teterboro CBP Office and this is the response we received.

“The CDC is requiring all international arriving passengers to have a negative COVID test prior to arrival. DHS/CBP/OFO will NOT have any part in enforcing or implementing this CDC order. It’s up to the Operators/Airlines/Handlers to enforce this requirement.”

Operators should follow the CDC’s Order guidance and ensure that they have passenger attestation documentation (click here) available and retain it for the prescribed time limits in the event public health officials request it for review.

New Jersey’s Website to get on the Covid-19 Vaccine Registration List

Click here to be directed to the Covid-19 Vaccine Registration List. Note that aircrew is one of the listed professions.

NBAA News Hour: “COVID-19 Vaccine in Aviation”

Please click on the following link to view the NBAA News Hour webinar recording of “COVID-19 Vaccine in Aviation: All Your Questions Answered.” You’ll have to turn off any content blockers to watch the video, which runs about an hour. This webinar is superb, and is well worth your time.

https://www.pathlms.com/nbaa/courses/17348/video_presentations/186971

FAA Authorizes Pilots and Controllers to Receive Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON — Following the Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Pfizer, Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine, the FAA has determined that pilots may receive the vaccine under the conditions of their FAA-issued airman medical certification. FAA Air Traffic Controllers, who are subject to FAA medical clearance, may also receive the vaccine.

To maintain the highest level of safety in the National Airspace System, the agency will require aviation professionals with medical certifications or medical clearances to observe a period of 48 hours following the administration of this vaccine before conducting safety-sensitive aviation duties, such as flying or controlling air traffic.

Because the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, 21 days apart for maximum effectiveness, this waiting period applies after each dose.

The FAA anticipates taking no additional measures to ensure safety after the initial window for side effects closes. However, the agency’s medical professionals will continuously monitor the initial distribution of the novel vaccine and documented clinical results and will adjust these recommendations as needed.

The FAA will evaluate vaccines from other manufacturers as they receive FDA authorization in the coming weeks and months and will advise pilots and air traffic controllers of any waiting periods required for those vaccines.

The FAA applies similar brief waiting periods after administration of other vaccines, including those for tuberculosis and typhoid.

The FAA encourages Americans to receive COVID-19 vaccinations as authorized by FDA. This policy announcement pertains to a specialized group of FAA-certificated professionals who perform safety-sensitive aviation duties.

For more information, please visit the Medical Certification page at faa.gov.

PANYNJ Publishes Updated COVID-19 Best Practices Document – Nov 4, 2020

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: 

New York Governor Cuomo Announces New Guidelines Allowing Out-of-State Travelers to “Test Out” of Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine

Travelers Must Get Tested Within Three Days Prior to Landing in New York, Quarantine for at Least Three Days Upon Arrival, and Get a Test on Day Four of Arrival.

If Travelers Receive a Negative Test On Day Four of Quarantine They May Exit Quarantine When They Receive Negative Result.

States that are Contiguous with New York Continue to Be Exempted from Quarantine Protocol — Essential Workers Also Continue to be Exempted.

Travelers Who Were Only Out of State for Less Than 24 Hours Do Not Need to Quarantine but Must Get a Test on Day Four of Arrival Back in NY.

All Travelers Covered by The Advisory Must Continue to Fill Out Traveler Health Form Upon Arrival Into New York State.

Please click here for complete details.

NY State Executive Order 205.2 re: Requirements for COVID-19 quarantine and/or testing when entering the State.

Click below to view NY Executive Order 205.2

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

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.