COVID-19 Update - Flight Training Operations

Updated 20 May, 2020

Resources and Help for Students

Due to the current situation, a number of our customers and students are facing various challenges - from medical renewal to needing financial help. We tried to assemble here information about resources available:  

  1. Transport Canada medicals, instructor ratings, IFR/IPC, PPC extensions: https://tc.gc.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measures-updates-guidance-tc/aviation.html
  2. Financial help for students and recent graduates: Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit.html
  3. Rental supplements from BC Housing: https://www.bchousing.org/BCTRS
  4. Students mental health counselling: https://here2talk.ca/home 

Updated 11 May, 2020

Operations Bulletin (OPS BULL)

The following changes are in effect starting today:  

  1. Canadian Flight Centre now restarts accepting new student in a limited way, subject to health screening. Contact dispatch for details.
  2. Students are allowed to fly with a member of their home close social circle, family member or roommate. Pleasure passengers should be still limited to a minimum, but 2 students living together may fly together for training purposes. All occupants of an aircraft must follow all CFC safety procedures, incl. wearing masks, gloves, and staying minimum 6 feet away from other people whenever possible. 

Updated 1 May, 2020

Operations Bulletin (OPS BULL)

The following changes are in effect starting today:  

Dispatchers restart their operation from CYPK as of today. One person at a time only. Please make sure to keep minimum 6ft distance and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times. The rest of dispatch procedures remain unchanged.

 

Updated 20 Apr, 2020

Operations Bulletin (OPS BULL)

The following changes are in effect starting today:  

It is now mandatory for everyone (including students, renters and instructors) to wear masks and gloves when they are at school and in flight. 

 

Updated 3 Apr, 2020

Operations Bulletin (OPS BULL)

Dear Students, Renters, CFC Staff,

The purpose of this Operations Bulletin (OpsBull) is to implement procedures recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Transport Canada (TC) to protect and inform crew members, passengers and the general public regarding COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) in an effort to minimize exposure and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on board aircraft or through day-to-day operational requirements.

General Guidance

CFC staff members, students and renters must pay close attention to their own health at all times. If staff members develop a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, immediately self-isolate and be excluded from duty, including ground training, until cleared by local public health authorities. Any staff members with a high-risk exposure to COVID-19 (defined as exposure to a sick household member, partner, or providing care in a household to a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19) will also be excluded from assigned duties until deemed no longer at risk for becoming infectious.

  1. CFC encourages all students, renters and staff members to:
    • Avoid all contact with sick people or vulnerable populations;
    • Minimize contact with the general population;
    • Use social distancing;
    • Avoid situations likely to attract large numbers of people.
  2. No new/unknown customers, ride-along, sightseeing, etc.
  3. Students and renters will only come to CFC facilities for flight or simulator session. All briefings and ground school sessions will be conducted online or by phone.
  4. No student/customer/ instructor has access to the upstairs area in CYPK.
  5. Each instructor has their small group of students. Instructors do not fly with each other's students. Students do not mingle or fly together. Instructors maintain distance.
  6. Aircraft and simulator will be sanitized before and after being used. Seal “sanitized” on each door after each sanitizing procedure.
  7. Any person showing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 or anyone who have had a high-risk exposure to COVID-19 will not be allowed in the school premises and will be reported to the Supervising Instructor and/or CFI.
  8. The CFI will contact local health authorities immediately upon learning if any student, renter or staff members are or have been exposed to COVID-19 and are symptomatic.
  9. All CFC personnel are reminded to wash hands frequently.

Social distancing is currently being referred to as the action of avoiding large gatherings, crowded locations, and providing a distance of 2 meters (6 feet) from other individuals, when ever possible. The recommendation above is made due to the outbreak of COVID-19 as it spreads around the globe.

 

Procedures to follow while on ACTIVE DUTY:

  • Monitor your health before, during and after assigned ground and/or flight duty; and
  • Avoid using public transport, including when traveling between the airport and the place of residence; and
  • Minimize contact with others, including other instructors, dispatchers, students and/or renters; and
  • Minimize time in school areas while moving between the aircraft and office; and
  • Everyone will wear gloves while at CFC facilities, including airplanes, offices, hangar and/or simulator; and
  • Avoid entering classrooms, simulator, briefing rooms, dispatch area; and
  • Encourage students to ask questions via email or through video calls; and
  • Perform the pre-flight and post-flight briefings outdoors on the way to and from the aircraft; and
  • Follow remote dispatch procedures which involve calling CFC´s office number, forwarding a picture of the signed check-in form along with the PIC´s first page of the ADB and ROC-A (on the same picture), prior to leaving the office, as well as calling back upon arrival after the flight; and
  • The PIC must ask the student/occupant whether he or she exhibits a fever; a cough; and/or breathing difficulties; and
  • The PIC must ask the student/occupant if he or she has been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to COVID-19, and/or has been subject of a provincial or local public health order; and
  • Check-in sheets and arrival reports shall be put in the box provided outside of the dispatch area; and
  • Aircraft keys are kept inside the binder and should be left in there after the flight; and
  • Cleaning supplies as well as engine oil can be found outside the dispatch area.
  • Avoid touching your face; and
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use at least 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Use soap and water when your hands are visibly soiled.


Procedures to follow while at your residence or during online conferences:

  • Monitor your health conditions and follow the guidance provided by provincial and local health authorities; and
  • Be aware of the risk of COVID-19 in your community; and
  • Avoid crowds, stores, sporting and entertainment events, and other situations likely to attract large numbers of people; and
  • Take your temperature twice a day (morning and evening), monitoring yourself for symptoms of illness, particularly COVID-19.

 

What to do if you develop either a fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing: (Fever means feeling feverish OR having a measured temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)

  • Stay home or in your hotel room. Avoid contact with others; and
  • Immediately report your symptoms to the Supervising Instructor and/or CFI; and
  • Make a list of the students you have trained in the previous 14 days before developing any symptoms; and
  • Make a list of the airplanes, classrooms, and school facilities used in the previous 14 days before developing any symptoms; and
  • Email the Supervising Instructor, CFI and PRM with the lists mentioned above; and
  • Call your local health department for medical advice before seeking care.


The province of British Columbia has created a phone service to provide non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel restrictions. Information is available in more than 110 languages, 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 604-630-0300. More information on COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) can be found in British Columbia by dialling 811, or through Facebook- @ImmunizeBC and Twitter - @CDCofBC

 

 

 

Updated 24 Mar, 2020

Dear Employees and Students,

At this time, Canadian Flight Centre continues flight operations. However, as a result of the most recent information provided by health authorities regarding COVID-19, we made modifications to usual operations for the safety of our team and our students. 

 

General

We are limiting our flight operation to “Essential Crew” only. That means, that we restrict our students from taking passengers for flying or “backseat” students for dual flights.

If you or your instructor feeling uncomfortable doing a flight, there is no pressure to do so from the school side. Our usual 24-hour cancellation policy is NOT in effect until further notice.

Currently school is working on self dispatching mode. Our dispatchers are still available remotely for student inquiries via e-mail or phone. However the pre-flight dispatching should be done by student or instructor in case of dual flights. Please make sure you are following all school procedures ensuring safety of your flight.

 

School safety rules during the COVID-19 

We are applying all rules to avoid spreading the infection and to make sure our environment is safe for our students and instructors, therefore we are kindly asking you to follow safety rules below.

  • Please do not come to school if you don't have a flight. 
  • Before and after flight please apply our aircraft sanitizing rules which can be found at the dispatch. 
  • Headset rental is suspended until further notice. 
  • Any consultation with instructors or team members can be done over the phone. text, email or skype.
  • Only 1 person in dispatch, all students please respect "DO NOT CROSS" zone of the dispatch
  • Outdoors and at a distance is the safest place to be.  
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hand
  • Stay home when you are ill.
  • If you have travelled in last few weeks or you plan to travel in near future, to stay home for 14 days after your trip.

If you have any symptoms or you have contacted someone who has symptoms such as fever, cold, cough, sore throat etc. please inform our staff about it. Please visit BC Pandemic Preparedness website for more information and recommendations, information about self-testing you can find on

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing-isolation

 

Aircraft sanitizing and safety procedures

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, before all pre-flight briefings, walking out to the airplanes as well as after returning from a flight and after a post-flight briefing.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces frequently using sanitizer and paper-towels (can be found on dispatch)
  • Airplane door handles, control column, ancillary controls.
  • Avionic knobs (special wipes safe for electronics may be needed for this or have this done by specific people who are careful enough not to damage these electronics by using excessive amounts of wet wipes).
  • Dispose of any tissues used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash hands afterwards.

All our aircrafts being sanitized by our employees according to all safety rules and standards twice a day, every day. Seal "Sanitized" on the door will be placed after each sanitizing procedure. If the seal was removed it means that aircraft was used after the last sanitizing procedure. 
Please make sure to follow the self-sanitizing checklist of aircraft before and after each flight, during walk-around and post-flight checks. 

 

Cancellations

We temporary waived our 24 hour cancelation policy. If you do not feel comfortable for flying, or you have infection symptoms feel free to cancel your flight. We are highly encouraging our student who experiencing any symptoms such as flu, cold, cough etc. to stay at home.

 

Ground Briefing and Ground School

We made some changes to our ground school, self-study system and ground briefings:

  • Please do not come to school for self-studying. 
  • Classroom Ground School is suspended until mid-April. 
  • Some Ground School classes will be happening via Skype. Contact dispatch to get more information about Skype Ground School. 
  • Instructors are available fro ground briefings over Skype. Book the briefing online in Pegasus as usual
  • Pre-flight and post-flight briefings are to be done outdoors on the way to and from aircraft. For longer briefings please arrange over a video call. 
  • Please book briefings with an instructor in advance and avoid coming to school if no flight or briefing booked. Contact your instructor to discuss possibility of briefings online or via phone.

 

Program students

Current changes will not affect your attendance requirement and will not break your visa requirements, In the next few days, our student coordinator will conduct individual training planning sessions with full-time program students to review individual situations, readjust training goals and keep up the training progress with as little interruption as possible. 

 

International students

 

Licensing and Aviation Medical Examinations

Aviation Medical Examination 

COVID-19 poses a significant challenge to Canada's health care system, therefore, there are few changes regarding Aviation Medical Examination.

Flight Tests and Written Exams

  • Written Exams such as CPL, Instrument Rating, Instructor Rating and Flight Test by Transport Canada Examiners are suspended until mid-April. 
  • For those instructors whos Instructor Rating is expiring, it will be automatically extended by 3 months. 
  • PPL written exams by Peter Schlieck are happening by appointment as usual. 
  • PPL, CPL, Multi and IFR flight tests by Anna Serbinenko and Peter Schlieck are happening by appointment as usual 
  • Transport Canada currently seems to consider of allowing CPL flight test before written exams, but the information is not confirmed yet at this point. 

Please visit the Transport Canada website for more information about medical and ratings extension or follow the link below: 
https://tc.gc.ca/en/services/aviation/medical-fitness-aviation/covid-19-update-aviation-medical-certificates.html 

We appreciate your help and understanding, and we hope we can lift the above restrictions soon,

CFC Team

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