This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Industry digital operations manual provider AviationManuals has released a white paper suggesting that FBOs update their operating manuals in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As service providers examine the policies and procedures they have in place regarding health and sanitation, the document recommends that providers research industry guidance from reliable sources, including the CDC, WHO and NATA. It also recommends they also consult with their local airport staff, focus on personal hygiene, consider implementation of evolving social distancing standards, increase cleaning schedules, have workers wear masks and gloves, and request that those who can work from home do so.
“By now, FBO operators should be conscious that everyone’s perceptions and attitudes with regard to risk have changed dramatically,” said AviationManuals CEO Mark Baier. “While it is always important to operate to the highest standards, making customers and employees comfortable in times like these has become paramount due to Covid-19, so we wanted to offer some enhancements people can put in place.”
Baier also suggested that FBOs should update their emergency response plan (ERP) with respect to medical emergencies, adding that with the current decrease in aircraft activity, it is a good time to test those plans.