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major medical centers. The organization had already
on what is included in critical infrastructure. Aircraft
transported a number of suspected and confirmed
manufacturing, maintenance and repair workers are
coronavirus patents to hospitals by helicopter at that
deemed essential, and many continue to operate while
point, and its associated LifeFlight Foundation was
adjusting workflow to accommodate things like social
raising money to handle the expanded response to
distancing and temperature checks as each shift reports
COVID-19. The aircraft designated
to work.
for COVID medivacs included a
By early April, business aviation
Challenger 604 based in Brisbane,
flying in the United States was
and a second one based in
down around 40% with worldwide
AIRCRAFT Townsville along with a Learjet 45.
figures down by more than 30%,
MANUFACTURING, The jets are the flying equivalent
according to some industry
MAINTENANCE AND of an intensive care unit. The
sources. At the same time, some
airports were reporting business
REPAIR WORKERS ARE service also operates 10 medivac
flights dropped by 50% to 90% as
DEEMED ESSENTIAL, helicopters.
By early April, Universal Weather
a body blow to the overall U.S.
AND MANY CONTINUE
seen a drop-off across the
economy kicked in. By April 8,
TO OPERATE WHILE had
business aviation industry in the
16.5 million American workers
ADJUSTING WORKFLOW volume of flights. "This was to
had filed for unemployment, but
TO ACCOMMODATE be expected with all the different
there was no accounting for how
THINGS LIKE SOCIAL restrictions around the world," said
many of those workers were in the
aviation industry. Textron Aviation
DISTANCING AND Robert Moya, senior operations
furloughed most of its workforce,
TEMPERATURE CHECKS manager. "We are going from
declining to specify a number that
AS EACH SHIFT supporting business and leisure
flights to aiding humanitarian and
the Wichita Eagle reported was
REPORTS TO WORK. repatriation flights. There were still
7,000.
a lot of people across the globe
As the coronavirus started
trying to get to their home countries
affecting travel, business jets in
to be with their families."
some cases were grounded by their
Universal is waving its fees on trip feasibility
owners, in others tasked to repatriate healthy passengers
assessments, research, consulting services and ground
from abroad to the United States, and in others enlisted
handling setup charges (though third-party fees still
in support of humanitarian flights airlifting patients
apply) for any mission classified as a humanitarian
and the scarce and highly sought personal protective
medical supply flight. Moya said he sees helping out
equipment for doctors and nurses.
these missions as a humanitarian responsibility for his
For example, Jet Rescue Air Ambulance flew a
company.
72-year-old man who was seriously ill with COVID-19
Some of the flights airlifting large amounts of personal
from Peru to Centennial, Colorado, in early April.
protective equipment around the world are flown on jets
And Australia-based RACQ LifeFlight put three air
ambulance jets and crews on standby to airlift confirmed
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coronavirus patients from the Queensland region to
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