Valuable Insights for Returning to Service the Right Way
Many people say that the pandemic had an interesting effect on how they perceived time. On one hand, it seemed like the months spent in quarantine went on forever. On the other hand, memories of our personal and business lives suddenly grinding to a halt are extremely vivid for most of us, making it seem like that change happened “just yesterday.”
So now, as the pandemic appears to be behind us, it’s understandable that aviation professionals may be experiencing a bit of temporal whiplash: It felt like you would never be back in the air and now operations are surging back to life.
Valuable Advice From Top Industry Experts
One thing that has remained unchanged—before, during and now after the pandemic—is the requirement to conduct air and ground operations with the utmost safety. To that end, we offer below a “return-to-service reading list” of sorts.
The articles—authored by respected industry experts and published through our SM4 Aviation Safety Program—provide insights that are tremendously valuable to anyone anticipating or executing a return to pre-pandemic activity levels.
Presented in order of their publication dates, which span April 29, 2020 to June 7, 2021, the pieces are also an interesting time capsule that captures the uncertainty of the early pandemic months, the determination to stay focused and now the optimism for better times ahead.
We invite you to take a look at these informative and encouraging articles:
2021 has seen two of the biggest advancements in drone regulations in the US since June 2016, when 14 CFR Part 107 was introduced. While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued numerous waivers for flights that go beyond the scope of Part 107, as it is colloquially referred to, there have been no widespread changes to the rules for almost 5 years, despite pressure from those seeking to maximize the opportunity of drone technology.
It’s safe to say nobody planned for the historic disruption in operations that COVID-19 brought about over the past year. Faced with an unprecedented drop in demand seemingly overnight, many air operators were forced to put expansion plans on hold, make difficult decisions about staffing and park unused aircraft.