COVID-19 Update - Flight Training Operations

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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