A Look Inside: AeroGuard’s COVID-19 Response
At AeroGuard, we prioritize student and staff well-being in the air and on the ground. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve made a variety of adjustments in how we operate at each AeroGuard campus, implementing many new sanitization and safety measures along the way. Take a look at what we’ve done and continue to do at our campuses.
COVID-19 Prevention at AeroGuard
The AeroGuard team has been working persistently to ensure CDC guidelines are consistently followed at each of its facilities. AeroGuard is doing its part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by applying a number of practices:
- Mask requirement
Since March, all individuals at AeroGuard have been required to wear a mask prior to entering any building and whilst in the airplanes. There are signs strategically placed on doors as a reminder of this rule. Those that work closely with others, such as student pilots (SPs) and instructor pilots (IPs), or office personnel, need to have a mask on and avoid any physical contact at all times.
- Temperature checks
Temperatures are checked before every single mission due to the close proximity SPs and IPs are required to have in the cockpit.
If anyone at AeroGuard has come in contact with someone or suspect they have the virus, they’ll need to quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative test.
- Social distancing
Social distancing is an important technique in preventing COVID-19. Individuals should maintain 6 feet from others when not in the cockpit.Outside the flight dispatch center at AeroGuard are seats, placed 6 feet apart from each other for students to sit and wait on for their flight. This helps reduce crowding in the dispatch area, where groups can often form. To help reduce traffic, AeroGuard classrooms are less full and class is accessible digitally.
- Clear screens in dispatch
AeroGuard has also placed clear screens in front of the desks in the dispatch center as a way to intercept contact between dispatchers and SPs/IPs.
- Sanitization stations
Throughout all campuses are many “sanitization stations” containing hand sanitizer and/or single-use disinfecting wipes. Sanitizer is encouraged to be used as needed, especially if handwashing is not immediately accessible. The CDC has specific handwashing techniques and hygiene tips to help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.
- Plane interior wipe-downs
As a flight school, SPs and IPs are coming in and out of planes frequently. To keep the cockpit clean, individuals need to wipe down all surfaces they came in contact with using a disinfectant wipe that must be thrown away afterward.
- Distancing on buses
AeroGuard provides its international students with transportation between the facility and student apartments. Due to COVID-19, buses are half-full, and students are required to distance themselves and wear masks when riding the bus.
Every safety practice is crucial and must be followed at all times. We must do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We’re all in this together.
Safety at All Times
Although the aviation industry has felt the effects of COVID-19, we at AeroGuard are hopeful and believe all will return back to normal as time persists. Outlook on the aviation industry and its future remain strong and we stay focused on helping our students reach their goals.
Outside of campus, we encourage all individuals to continue prevention efforts. Be safe and follow all guidelines to keep yourself and those around you healthy!