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owner pre-purchase evaluations, two signs, he said,
that first-time flyers are likely to stick around.
One helpful development came courtesy of
to business aviation: Going more places in less
Steve Dickson, Federal Aviation Administration
time, reaching destinations they didn't think they
administrator, and Dr. Brett Wyrick, acting federal air
could reach, and flying in a safe, secure and healthy
surgeon.
manner, " Bolen said.
The United States Food and Drug Administration
Health concerns related
gave emergency-use authorization
to the pandemic have been
for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine
a major factor driving new
late Friday evening, Dec. 11. In
consumer interest in business
" As an agency, we are
an order issued the next morning,
making sure that the
aviation, according to Peter
the FAA authorized pilots to
policy and regulatory
Zeeb, managing director with
receive the Pfizer vaccine,
landscape welcomes these
The VanAllen Group. " Our
administered in two doses
exciting new entrants
clients who have maybe been
over a 21-day period, without
while keeping safety as our
on the fence about business
compromising the validity of their
North Star and ensuring
aviation are seeing that it's an
pilot medical certificates.
that the national airspace
option to eliminate concerns
Without that FAA authorization,
system continues to
about a cabin packed with
operate efficiently as it
pilots and controllers receiving
people, " he said.
becomes more diversified. "
vaccines that have not received
Bolen acknowledged that the
full FDA approval run the risk
industry's recovery hinges on
of invalidating their medical
STEVE DICKSON, FAA administrator
a global economic turnaround
certificates. The same order
tied to the new COVID-19
applies to air traffic control
vaccines. But he said the
personnel, as well, for those
NBAA expects business aviation to be a leading
subject to FAA medical clearance requirements.
indicator of that recovery.
" There are policies in place for (the issue of)
The distribution of two approved vaccines began
medical certificates and for how we deal with that
in December, with expectations that in 2021 their
process, and our aeromedical staff is evaluating
broad availability will spur a widespread reduction in
that right now, " Dickson told the opening-morning
positive tests and fatalities due to COVID-19 this year.
viewers of VBACE. " As we monitor the FDA
approval, our experts are looking at how the vaccine
Pandemic spurs demand for
performs, and we will put together policies for how
virus-fighting aircraft systems
they will be implemented both among our own
Brian Wenig, vice president, mechanical
workforce and in the workforce around the industry. "
systems for Honeywell Aerospace, reported an
Bolen lauded these actions and Dickson's
increased demand for cabin air filtration systems
comments. " We are grateful to the FAA for taking
and antimicrobial surface coatings that he believes
this immediate and proactive step to address
represents a " new normal " for the industry.
medical certification concerns related to COVID-19
" The level of thoughtfulness toward cleanliness
vaccinations that will aid in keeping the aviation
and the sensitivity to clean cabins is something that's
industry moving forward, " Bolen said. " Administrator
going to stay, " he said.
Dickson's previous military and civilian aviation
Chris Bodine, vice president and general manager,
experience continues to offer him unique insights
StandardAero Business Aviation Services, also
on pilot-focused challenges, which in this case have
sounded an optimistic note, observing that the overall
proven astute, and we thank him and his team for
trajectory for the industry is healthy. Bodine took
their foresight and action on this matter. "
encouragement from data on flight hours and new
The FAA order requires that pilots must refrain
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